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    Intellectual Business Solutions' ATEC 2008 Conference will be held
    in Atlanta.


    Training sessions all day for 3 Full Days!! The conference sessions
    are designed to help you succeed. Each of the training sessions provides
    an overview of a topic, step-by-step instruction, new techniques and
    technologies, and best practices to help you when you return to work.

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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    Hi,
    The ATEC - Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference is still on for September 4th - 6th in sunny Atlanta Georgia. We should have the conference website, session topics and registration open within the next week. And, there will be sessions on AJAX, HTML, and the Web Application Server. There will be sessions all day for three days. And much much more. Stay tuned.

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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    REGISTRATION AND THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE OPENS ON MAY 28TH!!



    Hi All,
    Registration for ATEC - Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference to be held September 4th - 6th in Georgia opens May 28th!! There will be sessions all day for three days including evening recaps and previews, and plenty of networking opportunities.
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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AND THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE IS UP!!



    Hi All,
    Registration for ATEC - Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference to be held September 4th - 6th in Georgia is now open!! Click the banner above to visit the conference website for details. There will be sessions all day for three days including evening recaps, previews, demonstrations, and plenty of networking opportunities. We hope to see you there!!

    Cheers.
    - Valerie :)
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    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!

    NETWORK
    This conference will be a great time to meet, greet, and catch up with other Alpha users and developers that do what you do. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking at the conference, especially during breaks between sessions, at lunch, at dinner, after the sessions are over, and in the evening session "recaps".

    LEARN
    Get “hands-on” training led by Alpha experts in basic, intermediate and advanced instruction. Get instructional step-by-step guides, templates, samples, and more take-aways. Here are some of the learning opportunities that will be presented in the sessions:

    - Developing Web Applications with MS SQL Server
    - Under the Hood of Alpha Five
    - AJAX
    - Introduction to SQL
    - Getting Started with Xbasic Programming
    - Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets for Web Pages
    - Build a Web Application (4-part series)
    - Working with Active Link Tables
    - Enhancing Components at Runtime
    - Going from Desktop Application Development to Web Application Development
    - See all conference sessions and descriptions

    SHARE
    Best practice sharing and expert advice available on the spot to assist you in enhancing your application development skills. Get your questions answered right away. Focus on development by bringing your application with you to get help on finishing it or to get your application started.

    WHAT TO EXPECT
    1. Networking opportunities
    2. Lecture sessions
    3. Structured training forums (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
    4. Evening session recaps **
    5. Sessions will cover v8 and v9 Platinum

    ** New this year :) - The recaps will provide everyone with an opportunity to ask additional or follow up questions from that days' sessions. It will also include an opportunity to ask questions or get explanation of sessions that will occur the next day. These recaps will provide more opportunity for learning, and networking too!

    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH!
    – Register by August 22nd -
    For more information, visit the conference website
    Click here to register now

    TESTIMONIALS FROM LAST YEARS' CONFERENCE:

    “I truly enjoy coming to the conference because I get to meet face to face other Alpha users and developers from around the world. It’s good to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. I would say that I gained most from conversations over dinner or at lunch. The way ideas flow from chance remarks is invaluable.” – B. Whitaker (United Kingdom)


    “This year's conference was better than last years’ for me. No fluff! Just some real good examples of "this is what to do, and here is how you do it". Code and examples were freely shared. When you have some real "MEAT" to bring on home and use, you feel like you got your money's worth. That is what made this year's conference GREAT! Even if the session went too fast for you to understand, you at least had a guide to take home and follow step by step instructions to refresh your memory and learn from what was demonstrated!” – D. Blank (Carrollton, TX)

    “It was good to see a lot of attendees sharing their work, ideas, and helping each other all during the conference. There were laptops pulled out in the meeting rooms, in the lobby, and at the lunch and dinner tables. The pool-side discussions were good too. I also liked the concentrated session format.” – K. Jackson (Wichita, KS)

    “This year's format contained something for everyone, from new 'Alpha-ites' to the seasoned developer. The interaction of presenters and 'class' during the sessions was a benefit I really appreciated. I learned something in every session I attended and was never made to feel my question or comment wasn't 'worthy'. All the presenters were excellent and the presenters who had to fill in did an excellent job with sharing their knowledge with us all.” – T. Hernacki (Schaumburg, IL)

    “I made an effort to attend this year (after having missed the last several years) and I'm GLAD I did! The solo talks & panel discussions were excellent and there was plenty of time for Q & A with the audience. The choice to distribute the presentations on thumb drives was inspired. It was great to rub shoulders with other Alpha Five users and developers. Saw lots of old friends, and was able to put faces to many of the names I've become familiar with on this board. Made me realize how much I'd missed by not attending in previous years! Personally, I came away from the conference inspired to extend my Alpha knowledge in two distinct areas: (a) building web apps; and (b) learning more about how to interact with SQL databases through Alpha Five.” - T. Cone, Jr. (Lutz, FL)
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    ATEC 2008 Conference Workbooks
    Without a doubt, one of the most amazing things you will get at ATEC 2008 – Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference this year is the conference workbook. The workbook will be a complete guide with:
    • detailed step-by-step instruction
    • comprehensive notes
    • screen captures and graphics that follow right along with your sessions
    • sample files and templates

    Inside the workbook you'll find comprehensive content for your session, so you can sit back, relax, and soak in the techniques you're learning, knowing that you've got detailed notes to refer back to after the conference. You'll find yourself referring to this workbook again and again, long after the conference is over, because it's packed with information you can only get at ATEC 2008.

    Best of all, you not only get content for the sessions you attend--you get content for every conference session. This is a one-of-a-kind workbook that is one of the things that will help make ATEC 2008 a truly unique experience, and this incredible resource is all yours when you attend.

    For more information, visit the conference website
    Click here to register now.
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    ATEC 2008 – Conference Schedule



    The conference schedule is now available. Plan your schedule for this three day, all day event packed with plenty of learning opportunities. You get to pick the sessions you want to attend. Please note that some sessions will repeat. Don’t forget that you will receive a full Conference Workbook. So you can sit back, relax, and soak in the techniques you're learning, knowing that you've got detailed notes to refer back to after the conference. You not only get content for the sessions you attend--you get content for every conference session. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers, get advice, and get assistance.

    SESSIONS
    View the conference schedule
    See all conference sessions and descriptions

    WHAT TO EXPECT
    - Networking opportunities
    - Lecture sessions
    - Structured training forums (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
    - Evening session recaps **
    - Sessions will cover v8 and v9 Platinum

    ** New this year - The recaps will provide everyone with an opportunity to ask additional or follow up questions from that days' sessions. It will also include an opportunity to ask questions or get explanation of sessions that will occur the next day. These recaps will provide more opportunity for learning, and networking too!

    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH!
    – Register by AUGUST 22nd -

    For more information, visit the conference website
    Click here to register now
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    This is a friendly reminder to sign up today. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get immediate answers, get advice, and get assistance.

    SESSIONS
    Attend three full days of sessions on Alpha Five. Pick the sessions you want to attend. These will be comprehensive sessions where you'll get detailed explanations, answers to questions, real-world examples that you can apply right away, and hands-on experience.
    View the conference schedule

    CONFERENCE WORKBOOK
    you will receive a fully illustrated and complete Conference Workbook which will be well over 400+ pages. It will be accompanied by database samples, templates, and notes. It will include the content for every conference session. There will be over 20 sessions held.

    WHAT TO EXPECT
    - Networking opportunities
    - Lecture sessions
    - Structured training forums (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
    - Evening session recaps
    - Sessions will cover v8 and v9 Platinum

    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH!
    – Register by AUGUST 22nd -
    For more information, visit the conference website
    Click here to register now
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    ATEC-2008 Conference Speakers
    One of the best reasons to attend ATEC 2008 – Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts. Core developers, unique users, and visionaries share their knowledge with you to help you solve your computing or programming challenges.

    Pat Bremkamp, MindKicks Consulting
    Pat began using Alpha Software products in 1990 when, as VP Manufacturing for a high tech company in Oregon, he was quoted $295, 000 to build a quality data tracking/customer reporting system. Instead, he purchased Alpha Four and a couple PC's and built the system in his spare time for $290,000 less. When Alpha Five was released, he upgraded the application, eventually networking in 20 pc's locally and more over a WAN to subsidiaries in California, Texas, and Indiana. Over the next 13 years, that system ran 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and was eventually copied and installed at the parent company in Japan.

    In 1993, Pat opened his own consulting company, MindKicks Consulting, specializing in Creativity and Innovation, and naturally used Alpha Five to run his business. However, when Version 7 was released with web functionality, Pat's focus immediately changed to wed development, and web applications are now his full time business.

    Pat has created web applications for non-profits in four states, a quality assurance application for a medium sized high tech company, an on-line inventory application for small auto dealerships. Pat works regularly with other Alpha developers around the country who are moving their applications to the web, and is a frequent contributor to the message board.

    Sessions:
    Migrating from Desktop Application Development to Web Application Development
    Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets for Web Pages
    Building Personalized & reusable Web
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    Jerry Brightbill, Alpha Software
    Jerry began using Alpha Software products with Alpha Four version 2, which he used to track inventory and compute sales and costs. His initial exposure to computers came while earning a Mechanical Engineering degree in the days of analog computers and early main frames using punch cards, and progressed through DOS based point of sales systems to the current web based systems. Jerry has worked with Alpha Five from version 1 to the current version in a number of industries, including the Marine industry and the Heavy Equipment industry.

    Jerry currently works as a programmer for Alpha Software is the architect of the Alpha Five Web Security System. He also does independent consulting and development in Alpha Five. Jerry has many applications in commercial use, specializing in complex web-based solutions. Applications include sales tracking in the Marine Industry, random drug testing software; web based contact managers, specialized web search engines, and large enterprise web applications using SQL databases. Jerry has developed a number of add-ons for Alpha Five, including the Calendar and Toolbox add-on.

    E-mail address: jerry@alphasoftware.com
    Website: http://www.alphasoftware.com

    Sessions:
    AJAX
    Under the Hood of Alpha Five
    Debugging & Troubleshooting
    Implementing Web Security
    Enhancing Components at Runtime
    Working with Active Link Tables
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    David Brown
    David Brown is a web application developer, trainer and database consultant specializing in Alpha Five and SQL Server systems design, development and implementation. He has more than seven years of programming, relational database, and web application development experience and has served as lead developer on many high profile application development and conversion projects.

    He developed MyApplianceWarranty.com, an online database solution that helps consumers manage warranty, insurance and rebate information for items that they purchase. He has expertise in the following programming languages, development tools, and technologies: Xbasic, HTML/XHTML, JavaScript, PHP, AJAX, SQL Server databases, MS Access, and MySQL.

    E-mail address: david@daveribro.com
    Web site address: http://www.daveribro.com

    Sessions:
    Building a Web Application (4-part series)
    This four-part series will be an intense series of sessions where attendees will build a complete web application. The session will cover creating a web project, web profile, server configuration, using Alpha Five and SQL data sources for the web application, creating components, setting up security, filtering, adding Xbasic to pages and events, and much more.
    --------------------

    John Bunch, Intellectual Business Solutions, Inc.
    John is an expert in both Windows and Linux platform programming and administration. He has a vast experience with ASP, ASP.NET, VB.Net programming, SQL Server 2000/2005 programming and administration, XHTML/CSS/Javascript design and development, Moodle extension development, and Blackboard/WebCT. John is a Microsoft Certified Trainer 9MCT), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). John has developed web interfaces and custom web applications. John has many years of training experience.

    Sessions:
    Introduction to SQL
    Database Fundamentals
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    Frances Peake, Proctor & Peake, Inc.
    Frances Peake is President of Proctor & Peake, Inc., a professional web and database solutions company. She has over 20 years experience helping people get the most out of Alpha databases, first as Alpha Software’s Manager of Technical Support and Quality Assurance and then, since 1990, as a full-time, independent consultant, trainer and developer.

    Frances’s company develops custom database applications for both desktop and web. Alpha Five is Proctor & Peake, Inc.’s preferred development tool. Recent web projects include: customer service, claims and billing for a vision care insurance plan; third-party administration of social security and disability payments; tracking participation in a not-for-profit’s scientific programs; managing bookings for special-interest tour groups. Desktop applications include: order tracking and costing for manufacturing companies; processing and reporting inventory data for retail, pharmacies and warehouses.

    In addition to managing development projects, Frances provides training and coaching to individuals who are developing their own applications. She has been a speaker at the last seven Alpha Five Conferences and hosted several Alpha Five webinars on behalf of Alpha Software, Inc.

    E-mail address: frances@proctorandpeake.com
    Website: http://www.proctorandpeake.com

    Sessions:
    Getting Started with Xbasic Programming
    Developing Web Applications with SQL Server
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    REGISTER TODAY
    The 2008 Olympics are not over and neither is registration for the ATEC 2008. This is is a friendly reminder to sign up today. Don't wait until the registration deadline of August 22nd. This is your opportunity for on-the-spot, face-to-face Q & A, information exchange, learning, and networking & sharing.

    SESSIONS
    Attend three full days of sessions on Alpha Five. Pick the sessions you want to attend. These will be comprehensive sessions where you'll get detailed explanations, answers to questions, real-world examples that you can apply right away, and hands-on experience. There will be 18 sessions, each for 2 hours for 36 hours of continuous learning. View the conference schedule

    CONFERENCE WORKBOOK
    you will receive a fully illustrated and complete Conference Workbook which will be well over 400+ pages. It will be accompanied by database samples, templates, and notes. It will include the content for every conference session. There's nothing like being there...and you can bring it back with you!

    WHAT TO EXPECT
    - Networking opportunities
    - Lecture sessions
    - Structured training forums (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
    - Evening session recaps
    - Sessions will cover v8 and v9 Platinum

    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH!
    – Register by AUGUST 22nd -
    For more information, visit the conference website
    Click here to register now
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    ATEC 2008 Conference Registration Reminder IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!



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    ATEC 2008 Conference Registration Reminder IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!



    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH! Register Now

    Conference Information:
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    Conference Website
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    REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN...NO LATE FEE!!
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    ATEC 2008 Conference Registration Reminder



    REGISTER NOW AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE IPOD TOUCH! Register Now

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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    Does anywone know what time the Welcome Mixer begins?

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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    Hi Nikki,
    The Welcome Mixer is from 7:30pm – 9:00pm in the Brooks Foyer. Refreshments and Hors d’Oeuvres will be served. See you soon :)
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    To All --

    Just a short tip of the hat to Valerie and to all the instructors at this year's conference. I thought Jerry Brightbill was especially good, in that he is able to effectively communicate not only with the less technical types (like me), but also with the very technical people in attendance about doing things with Alpha that are really quite spiffy. (debugging techniques, portable SQL, active links to foreign DB's, AJAX, etc.) Francie Peake was also very good.

    I learned a number of things that I would call nuggets including particularly that if you have Version 8 and Version 9, there is no reason to delay going to Version 9. It is faster, more stable & has more cababilities.

    I was disappointed that there were not more people from Alpha in attendance, but aside from that minor complaint, I would say the conference was professionally done, the facilities, the food, and the quality of instruction in the sessions I attended were excellent. The big book handout is also excellent.

    Good Job!

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    I attended the Alpha Technology conference in Atlanta this year and just wanted to say how inspiring and educational it was. Valerie Simpkins did a wonderful job putting this event together. I would highly encourage anyone working with Alpha to attend future conferences. It provided something for everyone from the beginner to the expert.

    I do have to agree with the last post, it was a little odd that someone from Alpha wasn't at the event representing their product this year. I hope they will consider contributing their time and knowledge to future events. Nonetheless, the speakers all did an amazing job and the experience was worthwhile. And if anyone attending had any doubts about the product, Valerie and the rest of the crew did a great job selling and proving why Alpha Five IS the way to go!

    I highly recommend all of you attending the next one!

    Aundrea

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    Congratulations and hats off to Valerie for organizing the conference and we are delighted it went well and was a success and valuable to the attendees!!

    Due to timing issues Alpha was not able to attend and this was not the official conference.

    We will most certainly consider actively participating in future conferences because there is a huge of amount ultra cool stuff being cooked up in the Alpha Software "kitchen" these days and lots to show and tell.

    Once again Kudos to Valerie and Presenters
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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    Can I add my British perspective - well done Valerie and team the event and choice of venue were excellent and it was all well worth sitting on a plane for 9 hours.

    I am pleased to see Alpha reconsidering their position on these gatherings as I always felt the benefit of their presence was mutual.

    It was great to meet developers from all over the USA and as a foreigner I appreciated the great American hospitality which never falters.

    Best wishes to all

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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    If anyone wants to 'continue' the educational experience, you might attend one of our weekly webinars. Al Buchholz covers QReportBuilder on Thursdays, and I cover "Anything Alpha" on Friday's. Check the AlphaToGo website below and see the Webinar link for exact times. We've been doing these for over a year with great success.
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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    I just got back from the ATEC 2008 Alpha Five conference in Atlanta. I’ve been thinking about what makes the conference special and different from the webinars, support forums and one-on-one correspondence that take place the rest of the year.

    At the conference...

    - We escape from the daily demands of the office
    - We get to put faces with names
    - We meet people who share our interests and concerns
    - We learn new concepts and techniques
    - We hear real life stories about how Alpha Five is being used in the real world
    - We have impromptu conversations over lunch, in the hall and in the hotel bar
    - We get answers to questions that we didn’t know we had
    - We come home with ideas and inspiration

    It's the magical combination of these things that happens only when we get together face-to-face, once a year at the Alpha Five conference.

    Now, for a personal note: It was a pleasure seeing old friends and meeting new ones at this year’s conference. As a presenter I was regarded as an “expert” but I learned so much from fellow presenters and attendees alike. Thank you all, and very special thanks to Valerie and Karen for creating a great conference experience for all of us!

    See you next year.

    Francie Peake

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    ATEC 2008 was my first Alpha conference and a great experience for me. Everything was well organized and I learned many valuable tips I would never have known. Hope next year Alpha management makes more of an appearance because a conference like this helps everyone.

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    Hope next year Alpha management makes more of an appearance because a conference like this helps everyone.

    That is the plan

    thanks
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    in addition we are planning more webinars on various topics during the course of the years
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    Default Re: Save the Date! Alpha Five Technology & Education Conference-Atlanta, September

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Rabins View Post
    ...and this was not the official conference.
    Richard, what is the "official conference"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter.Greulich View Post
    Richard, what is the "official conference"?
    My thoughts, exactly. Does this mean Alpha will be putting on a conference or does it mean they will endorse Valerie's conference as an official Alpha conference or .................?

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    I attended the Alpha Conference in Burlington, MA (I think it was 2004). I met some really great people and learned a lot about the product. All of the key Alpha players were there and their input was really critical to my decision to pursue my quest to learn Alpha for web development. To my knowledge, that was the last time the Alpha team participated in the conference. That is a huge mistake on Alpha's part.

    If I put myself in the shoes of Marketing Director, justifying the costs to the CEO, let me explain why.

    1. The conference allows Alpha to meet the world wide developer base face to face to not only share new features/ideas but also to foster the personal relationships that are key to driving business forward. You have to put a face, a personality, behind this product. Just look at what Apple does to understand what I'm talking about. I'd put Selwyn against any of the great developers I know!

    2. It shows a level of commitment. A vote of confidence for the developers and fledging developers. I can't imagine Alpha not attending the only annual conference that I'm aware of that is totally dedicated to their product.

    3. The investment and PR community need to meet and see the Alpha team, face to face. A few complementary tickets could go a long way.

    4. Alpha needs to foster a company culture that centers around the developers. It's success is currently directly tied to it's developers. Autodesk did this very well in it's early days. They used to host CAD Camp in Sausalito,CA for dealers and independent software developers every year. Thousand's attended. They had sponsors pay for everything (HP, IBM, Silicon Graphics, Calcomp, etc.). You had an opportunity to meet the Autodesk programming and sales teams face to face to discuss any ideas or issues you had. This was very beneficial to not only the independent dealers and developers, but also to Autodesk directly. Sadly, Autodesk has lost this culture as it is now run by the "corporate suits" and accountants reporting to Wall St. analysts and CAD Camp is long gone. Autodesk has lost it's mojo ;-(

    5. It's FUN to see what everyone is doing or planning to do with your product !!!

    Just my 2 cents,

    Bob

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    It is with great pleasure that I share my thoughts with you following our conference. In the three compact days and evenings, the conference delivered the most up-to-date, practical, and advanced technical information for Alpha Five. And, provided attendees with a venue for enhancing knowledge, making valuable contacts, and getting the support they needed to solve real business problems. Their smiling faces, "aha" moments, sharing during lunch, at the bar, and in the meeting rooms let me know that we accomplished what we set out to do. My thanks go to many people for helping make this conference happen. In particular, I'd like to thank Pat Bremkamp, David Brown, John Bunch, Jerry Brightbill, and Francie Peake who worked hard to make this a success. The additional time that the presenters have taken to document and share their ideas is greatly appreciated.

    It was a pleasure to welcome back those not attending for the first time and are glad that they were able to establish new contacts and continue to expand their network of trust. To our first time attendees, we hope that they felt at home and welcomed them to our ATEC family. You can visit the conference website to see a short video (windows media format) from the conference. We were so involved we forgot to take photos from beginning to end. The photos do not have everyone in attendance represented because we were too busy and often had a hard time tearing them away from the sessions.

    We hope next year everyone can place it on their schedule for September 10th - 12th and make arrangements to attend because plans are now underway for ATEC 2009, so look for future announcements. Don't forget to tell your colleagues as well.
    Valerie Simpkins
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    Hi Valerie,
    I could not find any video on any of the pages...... and think I went through them all.
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