First of all, thanks to everyone that was able to attend our first user conference. We had over 50 attendees which was more than we hoped for our first event.
I was meaning to blog about the event earlier but just got slammed with a couple of things on the development side and a trip to NY to help one of our partners looking a very large scale integration project. What really struck me about their projects was that the majority of the interfaces were web service API based ones – with a smattering of HL7, CDA, X12 and old main frame interfaces for kicks. All stuff which Iguana can slice through like butter. Things have come a long way when it comes to integration in healthcare.
Anyway, the most important take away from the conference was that every single person I spoke to came away happy that they not only had a good time, but they got some valuable ideas on how they could use Iguana and do integration better in their business. The most common regret I heard from most people was that they wished they had brought more of their co-workers who could have benefited from what they learned at the conference.
It was neat for my staff to get an opportunity to meet more customers face to face in a relaxed setting then what they would ever normally get the opportunity to do so. There were some really good talks which we’ll be getting videos of online soon and one our attendees, Janet Hannaway of Xerox, even described the speakers as the “best I have experienced at ANY conference”. (her words not mine!)
We’ve got the date set for next years conference – put it in your calendar now – 24th and 25th of September – that’s Wednesday and Thursday so people don’t have to travel during their weekend to attend. It will be in our Toronto offices again. I got a very positive reception from the small hands-on session I held looking at monitoring strategies. So our plan is to include more hands-on workshops and breakout groups as part of next year’s event.
Anyways back to normal life. We’re on the hunt to fill a position in our sales team for a pre-sales engineering role.
If you could be described as a scripting ninja and you love meeting people, talking about technology and solving problems rapidly then you’d be a good fit for the role. The job involves a lot of traveling with the sales team, initial conversations with customers, helping to qualify opportunities and find solutions.
The benefits of the job are: Our customers really love Iguana and our company. You get a lot of positive feedback from that. You only need to really focus on knowing Iguana front to back and back to front but the beauty of it is how extensible and customizable the platform is. As a company we encourage creativity both in development and in our sales and marketing.
Our office in Toronto is gorgeous, spacious and modern with spectacular views of the city and it has an open floor plan to make it easy to share ideas and collaborate.
Career paths with this role would consist either of moving into sales or development in a couple of years depending on where you showed the greatest affinity.
If you are interested, or know someone who would be a fit them let me know.