By @SimonCocking

When is it on? 

17/18 October, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin Airport –

How many years has it been going? 

This is the 8th running of the event. The first event took place in 2010. It has now grown to be become an annual event, with 2 events taking place each year – one in October in Dublin and again in March in the UK.

What was the inspiration to start it? 

The event is the brainchild of Sean Jackson, MD of Lumenia Consulting. One of the pitfalls companies can fall into when selecting a new ERP system, is to rely solely on the vendor’s sales demo because each vendor will have their own interpretation of what they think you are looking for, which makes it difficult to make comparisons. What you need the vendors to do is to follow a predefined demo script so that you can compare apples to apples. This is the core idea of the ERP HEADtoHEAD™. Attendees will also understand the common mistakes made by organisations during ERP selection processes.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

Attendees will have the chance to listen to a panel discussion from industry end users sharing their experiences of implementing an ERP system as well as an engaging vendor-independent presentation from Lumenia Consulting on ‘Implementing ERP Successfully – Lessons Learned’. ERP vendors are also on hand on the expo floor to discuss their solutions in more depth and answer questions. Attendance at the event is limited to organisations that are potential buyers of ERP, making it an ideal opportunity to network with others about to embark on a similar journey. We have also 2 Apple iPads to give away at the event to delegates.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

People attending get to see 12 ERP products being demonstrated over the course of the 2 days. Also each vendor will have a stand where more detailed demonstrations can be provided or specific requirements can be discussed. The event has lots of networking breaks including a complimentary drinks reception.

 What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it? 

To have a look at the Agenda before you attend and the streams on offer. Attend for 2 days to get the most of the event and have a look at the products that will be presented

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out? 

People can register for the event by completing the Registration Form here: We have a Senior Manager Programme that offers a complimentary place for a Senior Manager when a team member also attends and a number of early-bird pricing options. We close registration a day before the event and do not allow any registrations on the day.

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