At 4pm on Wednesday 7th September the doors closed on what was without doubt the best ever Convergence Summit exhibition and conference.
Over 1200 senior Channel personnel descended on Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire for the biggest “coming together” of convergence players the UK has ever seen.
The seminar sessions which were hosted by high profile speakers from companies such as Datamonitor, MZA, Cisco & BT offered standing room only to late comers, proving that a need for information on convergence has never been greater.
Miles Bossom, Event Director commented “the buzz around the show was amazing from the minute the doors opened to the minute they closed. On both days the attendance beat previous records and according to our exhibitors “a lot of business was done”.
In an email received this morning from David Miller, Marketing Manager for PSU I.T. Voice & Data “I just wanted to drop you a line congratulating you and the team on a superb Convergence Summit 2005. An exhibitor list packed with heavy hitters coupled with busy aisles and topped off with a superb event in the evening. Just what our industry needs. Who says that exhibitions are a thing of the past! Long live the Convergence Summit!
Lesley Hansen, Marketing Director for TeleWare Group commented “We were delighted at just how good the Summit was. We signed contracts with a number of companies including a strategic partnership with Global Crossing and an extended hosted solutions agreement with HashNine. In addition to signing resellers Rise Voice and Data and Edge Solutions we are following up on numerous other enquiries. TeleWare has already confirmed that they will be back to the Summit in 2006.”
Tony Church, MD at Commsoft emailed to say “Thank you again for yet another exhausting show, half of the 12 staff on the stand have lost their voicing from talking to quality solution providers . As unbelievable as this may seem I was left speechless by the end of the day, yes I had nothing to say. Looking through the amount of dealers and OEMS who have requested to join the CommSoft Think IT programme, there were times on both days and even with a double stand, 12 staff we still struggled to deal with all the visitors, there were also times when we caused a people jam in the walk ways as no more interested parties could get on to our stand. I would comfortably forecast a return on investment in excess of 1000% for CommSoft over the next 6 months.
In 2006 The Convergence Summit is moving to Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey and will take place on 10-11th October.