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AerData Customer & Partner Conference 2014 Review

Monday, 15 September 2014

Having just returned from hosting our annual Customer & Partner Conference in Amsterdam, I would like to share a few highlights and say thank you to our customers, partners and expert guest speakers for their contribution to another successful conference.

On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th September, AerData hosted their second Customer and Partner Conference. Held in the historic centre of Amsterdam, the conference brought together over 120 customers, partners and AerData staff in a professional, yet relaxed environment.

The aim of the conference was to bring customers together, to encourage conversations and discussions not just about our company, but about the industry as a whole. We believe networking is important to the continued growth of the industry, and AerData is keen to encourage the networking of its clients and partners. The conference provided the perfect platform for this business methodology to be taken to the next level.

Another aim of the conference was to inform clients about functionalities of the software that are not being utilised either at all or to full potential, and to advise on pending system enhancements. The conference also served as an arena for customers to share their questions, priorities and ideas in a public forum.

Initial feedback from the event has been positive, and we were delighted with the high levels of interaction between the attendees. Based on delegate feedback from last year, the program was split into case studies and product workshops (both for novices and experts) for CMS, STREAM and EFPAC, which gave customers the opportunity to choose which workshops they wanted to attend, whilst still making the most of the discussion sessions and networking in between the sessions.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our amazing guest speakers from Boeing, AerCap, Emirates, MCAP Group and SOFT Aviation, who delivered inspirational case studies and open Q&A sessions that achieved the interactive element we strived for.

Our welcome drinks reception was held at the IGC in the Dameszaal room, which is a beautiful oak panelled banqueting hall. The association 'Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club' (Royal IGC) is a lively business club with a glorious history. The Royal IGC is located in the beautiful 'Industria' building on Dam Square, the original interior and the arts present contributes to the exclusive ambience.

The main conference was held once again at the iconic Beurs van Berlage, which is one of the most important and famous historical monuments in the Netherlands. It was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage and constructed between 1896 and 1903. The building is not only of great importance in terms of the architecture, it also has a very interesting history and is home to many hidden treasures.

The conference was followed by a drinks reception, dinner and cruise aboard Salonboot Prins van Oranje. Prins van Oranje was built in Amsterdam in 1908, and is the largest Dutch 3 deck saloon boat in Amsterdam. This beautifully restored boat is finished in the classic style of the early 1900s, with tropical wood, bevelled glass, chandeliers, polished brass and rich fabrics to create the atmosphere of a bygone era. The delightful Indonesian buffet definitely tantalised the taste-buds, and the dessert buffet, which appeared as if by magic out of the floor, contained a delicious mix of mouth-watering treats.

Thanks to our resident DJ, Kevin Cadd, who delighted us with an interesting(!) mix of sounds….. no delegates were harmed in the making!

Just one final thank you to the AerData conference team for all your hard work and dedication, working tirelessly to create something memorable and special.

Did you attend our conference last week? How did you find it? We’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment in the box or email me directly.

Sharon Heaton
Marketing Executive, AerData
Tel: +44 (0) 1293 817 685