What happens when you mix senior IT professionals, best-selling authors, social responsibility and some Harry Potter magic? You get an action-packed three-day conference in sunny Orlando! This year’s IMAGINE SUMMIT offered a great mix of learning and fun for hundreds of IT professionals from all over North and South America. Most importantly, it was an opportunity for Axway to announce the next major release of the hybrid integration platform AMPLIFY™ (HIP).
IMAGINE SUMMIT Americas
Monday afternoon, experts from Axway and its technology partners kicked off Learning Labs that offered a deep dive into topics around API Management, Managed File Transfer, B2B Integration and Content Collaboration. Then, in the evening, we officially welcomed attendees with a poolside reception at the Rosen Centre, for an evening of lively music and delicious food and drinks.
Tuesday morning, Axway CEO, Patrick Donovan, welcomed attendees and previewed the new capabilities of the hybrid integration platform AMPLIFY™. Following Patrick, Gartner analyst Mark O’Neill delivered his featured keynote titled “The Hybrid Integration Platform–Can you be in business without one?” Then Axway Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Vince Padua, took the stage in his colorful Nikes, to showcase Axway’s AMPLIFY platform update, including a new Unified Catalog and iPaaS capabilities.
Learn more about the hybrid integration platform AMPLIFY update.
A panel of customers and partners helped solidify the power of Axway’s technology, with Ann Lloyd, VP Customer Experience, moderating the discussion. Manoj Kona (Director of Corporate Middleware at National Oilwell Varco, Inc.), Fernando Sampaio Ferreira, (Digital Strategy Executive at Foursys) and Kevin Williamson (Enterprise Systems Architect at Sirius XM) all shared real-life examples of how Axway helped them with their technology goals.
Following the general sessions, Axway offered attendees several ways to add value to their IMAGINE SUMMIT experience with hands-on 1:1 meetings, demos from Axway and their technology partners in the Expo area, and breakout sessions featuring Axway subject matter experts, technology partners like Amazon Web Services and Ping Identity, as well as from Axway customers who are experts in their fields.
Also, new this year, special “Birds of a Feather” lunch meetings where attendees could meet with other Axway customers in similar industries and verticals, to network, share their experiences and challenges, and create opportunities for collaboration.
In the evening, The Axway team took a break from meetings and stepped into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™–Hogsmeade™. The butterbeer flowed all night at this exclusive party at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, just for IMAGINE SUMMIT attendees.
Wednesday morning, Axway welcomed two wonderful keynote speakers. Best-selling author David Nour (a keynote speaker at IMAGINE SUMMIT 2017 in Atlanta) returned to IMAGINE SUMMIT to share an update about his best-selling book Co-create. Nour brought his contagious energy to the stage as he shared insights into why storytelling is the new leadership competency.
Mehdi Medjaoui, author of Continuous API Management and founder of the APIdays Conferences then went onstage to explain the big vision behind the API economy, and how to adapt a company’s culture to evolve from products to platforms.
IMAGINE SUMMIT: Better Together
At IMAGINE SUMMIT, we like to leave a city better than when we arrived. At IMAGINE SUMMIT 2017 in Atlanta, we donated to Safehouse Outreach, a program to help end homelessness and change lives for the better. This year, we presented a check for $5,000 to After-School All-Stars Orlando and their Summer of Dreams program for homeless youth. The organization’s after-school and summer programs include STEM-focused initiatives which we felt were a perfect fit for our social impact initiatives.
After Wednesday morning’s breakout sessions, we called it a wrap. But the fun doesn’t end there. IMAGINE SUMMIT continues across the pond where Axway is hard at work putting the final touches to IMAGINE SUMMIT Europe. Join European IT industry leaders March 22-23 just outside of Paris in historic Dolce Chantilly to show how we are truly Better Together.
Register for IMAGINE SUMMIT Europe.