We’re pleased to bring you a guest post from Ben Holland, an Account Manager, Skillsoft.
By Ben Holland
The Skillsoft team had the pleasure of exhibiting at the SpiceWorld conference in the fun and eclectic city of Austin, Texas, October 9-10. SpiceWorld attendees were very relaxed and eager to share ideas. Most of them are friends and already know one another from interacting on a regular basis within the Spiceworks online community.
Skillsoft was honored to attend this event as a sponsor, and due to the easygoing atmosphere, attendees were very excited to talk to us. Not only did they want to find out who we were and we did, but also, to tell us how and why IT training was important to them. Genuine conversations were sparked about the need for certifications with vendors such as Cisco® and Microsoft®. Most people came from the small-to-medium business space so leveraging training resources from Skillsoft was important to them because they could cost-effectively train people without having to leave the office.
This type of openness was even present during the panels, when the company founders took the stage and opened the floor for questions. The audience could tell these people were very proud of the community they created. Each founder made several remarks on how their company culture is of utmost importance to them and how it’s their top goal to make sure nothing ever harms it.
Of course, there were numerous happy hours and after-parties, too. As one could probably imagine, nothing about the relaxed atmosphere changed during these events. I was surprised how often I was greeted by first name (I was no longer wearing a badge) and had people sit down to talk with me further about how I could help them. Such moments in themselves were worth the entire trip to Austin.
We also enjoyed giving away a complimentary Skillsoft® Live Learning™ course to several lucky winners! Given that so many IT pros were concerned about certifications, winning this course was very desirable to most!
Skillsoft looks forward to being an active member online and helping more Spiceheads succeed. View our community page to learn more: www.spiceworks.com/Skillsoft
Check out the Skillsoft, Spiceworks community manager, Katherine Doe, participating in a marketing panel (far right).