We Shared the Knowledge at AOC 2017

Softrak’s annual Adagio Opportunity Conference brought together a record number of Adagio community members to Toronto May 22-25, 2017. In keeping with AOC 2017’s theme “Share the Knowledge”, Softrak personnel from Customer Service, Marketing, QA, Documentation, R&D, Training and the executive suite helped our resellers and clients improve their Adagio skills over the course of the 4 day event. Developer partners and resellers stepped up to add their expertise to the mix – making the conference a true sharing experience. Special thanks to Phil McLeod, Steve Schwartz, Dan Desautels, Bruce Gardner, Larry Bates, Lars Glimhagen and Vickie Cegliastro for adding their expertise to our conference and making for a very memorable event.

This year we started the conference with a special keynote from Alan Salmon of K2 Enterprises, who has spent more than 30 years providing professional training to accountants on technological topics like Excel. He looked back on the changes he has seen, and the steps he has taken to remain current in an ever-changing profession. Ward Blatch, also from K2, talked to everyone about technology trends that he expects will change some of the work in the accounting department.

Finally on the opening day, we got to showcase some of the R&D we expect to make available by the fall. Front and centre was the announcement of Adagio DocStore, a module that enables attachment and viewing of PDFs to transactions and master files throughout Adagio. Powered by a simple drag-and-drop interface, PDFs can be attached to a transaction at batch entry, and then remain with the transaction as it flows through the other modules in Adagio. This will enable someone working in Ledger to see all the invoices paid by a single check by clicking on the Credit Entry in the bank GL account.

We also previewed a major new upgrade to Adagio OrderEntry which included not only expanded fields and address information, but also many new processing improvements including Notes and Optional Fields at the detail level. Finally, we announced R&D plans to include integrated credit card processing in Adagio before AOC 2018.

After the opening plenary, attendees got to visit with our Adagio Developer Partners in the Exhibitor Laneway. North American Payment Solutions, LNG Management Services, TelPay, North49 Business Solutions, QLAB (PayDirt Payroll), Shadowsafe and SRSoft all had quality time with the attendees showing their Adagio integrated software solutions. At this point the weather had cleared enough to offer exceptional panoramic views from the 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower.

Conference reviews were overwhelmingly positive from the crowd who set a record attendance for AOC 2017. We look forward to welcoming everyone next year about the same time for AOC 2018.

Andrew Bates