It was another great few days of learning, networking and sharing at IRCE this year! From workshops that dove into the details of eCommerce technology to an amazing flash mob from Windsor Circle on the exhibitor floor — this year was nothing less then impressive.
Some of the biggest talk was around that buzzword many of us know so well… “Cloud.” Attendees had the opportunity to hear how companies in all industries were leveraging cloud-based eCommerce platforms to grow their digital businesses. Armed with this insight — and with plans of their own — thousands of people took to the convention center floor to talk tactics with platforms and implementation providers.
We often hear about the ongoing digital transformation of our economy. IRCE was digital transformation in action this year. Companies in all industries were looking for the right software platforms and implementation providers to architect their modern eCommerce ecosystems. It was discovery at its finest. And savvy businesses were looking for more than the technical fit and warranty of these systems — they were looking for guidance on how to best architect and orchestrate the many systems involved in running a successful digital retail business.
If there’s one thing the Echidna team took away, it is that it takes more than a world-class software platform to build a world-class digital business. It takes education, diligence and an eye for what is most important to each individual business. Talking to many business leaders at IRCE, the discussion often centered around finding a partner to trust for guidance along the way. The platforms that are available to businesses today can do a lot of amazing things, which means it’s more important than ever that leaders take the time to really get to know the people who build, implement and integrate these platforms. Attendees had that opportunity at IRCE. And you can be sure the discussions that were started on that convention floor went a long way toward establishing the kind of trust companies will need as they build out entire eCommerce ecosystems. I, for one, am looking forward to what IRCE will bring next year!