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On Demand \ AIIM Show 2009

April 1, 2009

I spent the day at the On Demand \ AIIM Show in Philadelphia today. The show was a little smaller on both the On Demand and the AIIM sides. Obviously a reflection of the tough economy. http://mfpsolutions.blogspot.com/2009/04/traffic-at-aiimon-demand-show.htm

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I walked the floor up and down every isle but I could not find the Ricoh or Ikon booth. Oh how the mighty have fallen! There were years when when both Ricoh & Ikon had had two of the larger booths at On Demand, but not this year. I also heard that Sharp pulled out of the show at the last minute. Canon and Konica Minolta had two of the larger booths, Xerox too, even Panasonic had a small booth.

I saw a few Ricoh people there, but I hear that they were doing their end of year meetings so none of the sales reps. One Ricoh guy said that Ricoh didn’t want to have a booth at On Demand \ AIIM because they were concerned about their people passing out resumes at the show, that makes sense, especially with the recent cuts at Ricoh.

Even though the show did seem a little smaller and a the attendence was a little off it is still my single favorite show of the year. You get to see not only the great new solutions that your vendors are bringing to market, but also what the competition is show casing. And yes, if you have been in this industry for any length of time On Demand \ AIIM is like old home week. You get to catch up with many people you have worked with in the past.

I also got to have a Philly Cheese Steak and a Yuengling Lager at Jimmy’s Steaks. Worth the trip just for that!

That’s My $0.02
Vince McHugh
vince.mchugh@necs.biz
WWW.NECS.BIZ

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