Last week, SCM Connections sponsored the SAP Forum in Bariloche, Argentina.
This event was a very special one for me as it was held in my home country. Also, it marks our official launch to our Latin American expansion! We had looked at the region for possible SCM Connections opportunities, and this became even more apparent when SAP Latin America approached us, asking for a new partner in the region.
The first step was to attend the SAP Forum, which brought over 80 decision makers from all over South America. Historically, Latin America is behind on the adaptation of the latest technology, but this is not the case when it comes to IBP. We talked to a few companies that have put APO in the back view mirror and are now excited about what IBP has to offer. In fact, over 50% of the forum attendees were there to learn how IBP could help them in their companies. The combination of customer presentations and SCM Connections’ demos provided potential clients with a good mix of information.
We were also impressed with the effort that SAP Latin America put into the event.
First, the location itself was picture perfect! Bariloche is a town in the southern Argentina. The landscape could match any town in Switzerland, only with a lot more Spanish! The event took place at the famous Llao Llao hotel, where world leaders usually stay when making a trip to the area. The hotel itself is located within beautiful mountains and the well-known Nahuel Huapi lake. Going back to the usual conference spots in Orlando and Las Vegas will never feel the same.
We also want to thank SAP Latin America for connecting the partners to each attendee in the best possible ways. It is clear that SAP values what we bring to the table, and they went above and beyond to make sure that connections were made.
We are now really excited about the next steps for our Latin American expansion. This is not only from doing new implementations in the region ,but also building a strong Latin American team.
SAP is already thinking about the next SAP Forum for 2018. It will be be really hard to top this location, but I am sure whichever the next year location is it will not disappoint!