When is it on?
16th and 17th October, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin Airport – https://erpheadtohead.com/erp-ireland
How many years has it been going?
The first event took place in 2010. This will be the 7th event in Ireland and the 11th overall. It has now grown to be an annual event in Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands.
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 demonstration 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™.
What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2018 version?
Attendees will get to see 13 ERP products being demonstrated over the course of the 2 days. These include SAP S/4 HANA, IFS, Netsuite, Epicor, Oracle ERP Cloud, SAGE Business Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP Business ByDesign, IntactiQ, EFACS and Herbst Insight. Demonstrations will be based on defined scripts covering Production, Sales, Finance, Projects, HR and Procurement. Attendees will also have the chance to listen to a panel discussion from industry end users sharing their experiences of implementing an ERP system as well as engaging vendor-independent presentations from Lumenia Consulting on ‘Are you ERP Ready?’ and ‘Characteristics of Successful ERP Projects’. The ERP vendors are also on hand in the exhibition area 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 Watches to give away to delegates during the event.
What opportunities are on offer for people, startups, investors, and companies attending?
Each ERP vendor will have a stand where more detailed demonstrations can be provided or specific requirements can be discussed. One to one meetings can also be arranged prior to the event. 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. https://erpheadtohead.com/erp-ireland
How can people book tickets and when does it usually sell out?
People can register for the event by completing the Registration Form on the website. 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.
Anything else you’d like to add?
If you are currently selecting or upgrading your ERP system, then this is a must attend event.