iT.CONnect 2018
Illusions become reality


Vivid discussions at iT.CONnect 2018 (photo: T.CON)
Vivid discussions at iT.CONnect 2018 (photo: T.CON)

At this year's iT.CONnect, organised by T.CON GmbH & Co. KG (Plattling, Germany) everything happened under the motto "IT'S MAGIC - IT is magic". The approximately 120 participants were supposed to rediscover the "magic" inherent in technical innovations.

Markus Kammermeier (head of HR Solutions) hosted the iT.CONnect on 15 and 16 November 2018 in the rooms of the Hotel Asam in Straubing. He clearly showed that although many companies admire the latest technical possibilities, they often shy away from taking the first concrete steps. Why and how the introduction to digital transformation can succeed – these and other questions were answered by the T.CON employees together with partners and customers at the event. The participants enjoyed two days with valuable insights for their personal digital strategies and many amazing possibilities for optimizing their processes.

The "Magic Cube of the Future" offered a surprising change of perspective. With this new format, the participants were able to select six modules from 24 topics and thus get to know individual solutions specifically for their business. In addition to topics from production, maintenance, procurement and logistics, the presentations also covered solutions for corporate management, sales, product development and cloud solutions. "This innovative format is perfectly suited for obtaining targeted information on precisely those topics that are relevant to the digital strategy of one's own company," said one participant before returning to the presentation.

Anders Indset, one of the world's leading business philosophers, was enthusiastic about the keynote speech with tough statements that make people think: "The biggest threat to our planet is the assumption that someone else will save it." He mastered the task of bringing the past together with tomorrow's technology and science without precedent. With his appeal to create a society of "shapers of change" and "curators of compassion", he showed ways in which we can deal with our fast-moving times. With statements like "What we need are squats for the head," he took up this serious topic with humour and cast a spell over the participants.

The first day of the iT.CONnect was rounded off with an evening event. During the 4-course menu, magician René Frotscher fascinated the guests with his magic tricks. In addition, the evening offered time for discussions and exchange between the iT.CONnect guests and the T.CON team.

After the participants had two days to marvel at the wonders of state-of-the-art technology, Elisabeth Hötzinger (head of Competence Center S/4HANA) made it clear in her lecture "Back to Reality" that these developments are for the most part no dreams of the future but already reality. Together with some T.CON colleagues and employees of the customers Schreiner, Interprint and Munich Airport, she illustrated opportunities and innovation projects that can already be implemented with SAP S/4HANA 1809. In addition, the customers reported on the added value of the innovative T.CON solutions.

Markus Kammermeier summarised the two days of iT.CONnect: "What was magic at the beginning should now be reality. You don't just have to sit there and be amazed, you can help shape it yourself!”