BPO Media had a chance to have a ringside seat at Impact Networking’s “Optimize” event in Chicago. The event included more than 1,000 attendees, more than 70 learning sessions and hands-on workshops, and 40 speakers including one shark — Robert Herjavec, and a white hat hacker known as “MafiaBoy.” There was also a robot with some dance floor moves.

Sponsor sightings included HP, Kofax, Kyocera, Ricoh, ACDI, Objectif Lune, TechData, Datto, CiT, SolarWinds, Printer Logic, Catalytic, Cisco and Docuware.

Digital transformation was the name of the game. We left impressed.

Patricia Ames is president and senior analyst for BPO Media, which publishes The Imaging Channel and Workflow magazines. As a market analyst and industry consultant, Ames has worked for prominent consulting firms including KPMG and has more than 15 years experience in the imaging industry covering technology and business sectors. Ames has lived and worked in the United States, Southeast Asia and Europe and enjoys being a part of a global industry and community.