Dscoop4, held in Orlando, FL, USA, in late February, broke records for total attendance as well as international attendance and participation from industry vendors. The event, whose name is a shortened form of Digital Solutions Cooperative, is held each year for users of HP Indigo digital presses. This year 1,300 people attended; 200 were from outside the US, and 69 vendors exhibited their products and services.
Conference attendees chose from 90 educational sessions and four pre-conference seminars that addressed business and operational issues that face Indigo owners and their staff. Topics included sales and marketing, sustainable practices, emerging technologies and lean manufacturing. Key sessions were translated into Chinese, Korean and Japanese for the international attendees. New networking sessions were added during the lunch breaks, during which attendees discussed best practices for operational efficiencies and managing human resources. The conversations have been transcribed and provided to all attendees as a Dscoop best practices manual.
“As a first timer at the annual conference, we were not only thrilled to be there, but thrilled at how great the conference was,” says Donna Kaplan, marketing specialist at Curley Direct. “The speakers were all phenomenal. We have already begun implementing many of the things that we learned and we were happy to be able to share some of our knowledge with others.”
The 2009 Jack Glacken Award for outstanding contributions to the Dscoop community was presented to Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager of HP Indigo Digital Press Business. A member of the Indigo team since 1998, Bar-Shany has been a key contributor toward the solidification of digital printing being used by the mainstream customer.
“Dscoop is experiencing an incredible upward trajectory, and for good reason. Every year, the quality of the education, networking and meaningful business relationships formed at this event seems to improve,” says Francis McMahon, director of marketing, HP U.S. Graphic Arts. “This year’s conference was the best event I have ever attended.” Additional details on Dscoop4 – including media coverage, session presentations and photos – can be found at www.dscoop.org.