At Advantage 2016— We Discovered the Power of the Smart Enterprise

More than 400 attendees from the NEC community – top channel partners, consultants, analysts, sponsors, and staff from North America and South America, all met this last month in Ponte Vedra, Florida,near Jacksonville, to “Discover the Power of the Smart Enterprise.” This was the overarching theme of NEC’s 2016 Advantage Executive Conference (Advantage).

Advantage is a highly anticipated annual 3-day conference event where NEC’s key players, dealers, sponsors, vendors, guests and top industry consultants get together to learn and share their interest in business enterprise technology.  Hands-on demonstrations of the latest product and service developments are available, along with opportunities to participate in informational and inspiring sessions led by the “best of the best” in the industry.

NEC’s Smart Enterprise

This year, the spotlight was on Smart Enterprise communications and IT Infrastructures, with a range of sessions focusing on current workforce environment trends, the latest in NEC unified communications solutions, the stability of NEC’s high availability servers, Contact Center challenges being met, and presentations on the importance of real relationships with our customers and why Smart Enterprise solutions make sense for them.

NEC’s Smart Enterprise is best described as a platform of solutions focused on improving safety, security and operational efficiency for our customers.  In the UC and IT space, it’s a broad set of technologies, products and solutions that are truly empowering for our enterprise customers. Smart Enterprise provides an IT communications infrastructure and application layer that allows a more predictive business that customers can also operate at a lower cost, and so empowers them to be more competitive.

Smart Enterprise solutions help our customers solve their real-world business issues, and will streamline and even innovate business processes. Basically, Smart Enterprise delivers a stable and reliable ICT solution, freeing our customers to focus on their productivity and on meeting and exceeding their business goals.

And the Winner Is…

Advantage is a multi-purpose event for learning, experiencing, sharing, socializing, and recognizing extraordinary partners, so always climaxes with NEC’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Awards, presented to the Top Ten Channel Partners.  This recognition is not only for outstanding business performance, but also their relationship and involvement level within their local communities. The Awards are an important part of NEC’s “Orchestrating a Brighter World” mission, honoring successful partners who have achieved a high level of customer satisfaction and are making a notable difference in the lives of those around them.

Once more, we’d like to applaud this year’s NEC SML Award honorees:

  • Advanced Communication Solutions (ACS)
  • Arrow SI
  • Business Communications Systems, Inc.
  • Epitome Networks
  • Forerunner Technologies
  • Hawaiian Telcom
  • nDataStor
  • NetServe365
  • Okanagan Telephone Company
  • Positive Business Solutions, Inc. (PBSI)
  • Scharfstein, South America

 

In Conclusion

NEC’s 2016 Advantage Executive Conference was an uplifting time of learning, fun, and inspiration, an opportunity to concentrate on the latest technology for business communication, workforce productivity, and reliable business continuity, with a successful blending of education on customer needs and NEC solutions, great social interaction, and receiving the positive messaging of NEC’s Smart Enterprise.

Essentially, the message is that Smart Enterprise brings together and orchestrates the best, specifically tailored solutions, to meet our customer’s individual business needs, and, ultimately, to help brighten their world. And that’s the real NEC mission.

If you want to hear more on the conference, many of the consultants and analysts who were in attendance – including Dave Michels, Jon Arnold, Steve Leaden, and more – gathered for a UC Strategies podcast

NEC’s Collaborative Solutions: Highlighting Interop 2016

Connect. Communicate. Collaborate. These three tenets of our organization were proudly on display as NEC showcased its Smart Enterprise solutions at Interop 2016, the 30th anniversary of the conference.

The Interop conference was founded to focus on network interoperability and openness. Initially, the show just emphasized IP networks, but throughout the years it has broadened its scope to technology collaboration in today’s cloud computing era.

All the NEC solutions on display were well integrated with this year’s Interop theme – that behind every successful innovation is effective communication and collaboration.

One of the highlights of our booth was NEC’s partnership with Dell to demonstrate our strengths in campus networking.

Campus networks include many diverse and challenging requirements, such as technology integration, provisioning, and security policy enforcement. By their nature, campus networks are frequently multi-tenant, meaning the networks must be virtualized so various users can ensure their distinct policy enforcement. Layered switch fabrics, ever-changing connectivity requirements, wired and wireless connectivity, and complex regulatory environments make campus networks difficult to manage.

NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller overcomes these obstacles. This solution enables network owners to control and manage their network centrally, bringing the same benefits of server virtualization.

NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller with @Dell S3100 switches will optimize campus network ops #SDN Click To Tweet

Together with Dell, we demonstrated how to deliver the performance, security, and agility campus networks demand in a cost-effective, easy-to-manage way. Deploying NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller with Dell S3100 switches will optimize campus network operations and reduce management overhead, boost scalability, and deliver secure and reliable connectivity.

Also showcased in the booth was NEC’s global open networking partner program, SDN Partner Space. With NEC and Netcracker SDN/NFV expertise behind it, SDN Partner Space enables network and IT vendors to enter the SDN/NFV market and redefine the rules imposed by traditional flat networks, while also benefitting from new business opportunities.

Joining SDN Partner Space can help transform the traditional business by including new applications and services that are only available in virtualized network environment. Moreover, SDN Partner Space enables in-house virtual network functions to be compatible with other SDN/NFV solutions so they can be cross-sold to businesses in any market.

Visitors to our booth were also able to see our high-availability data center on display. Large data computing tasks and the evolving requirements of the Internet of Things requires intelligent fault tolerant solutions to power a Smart Enterprise. Whether on premises or off premises, NEC’s infrastructure solutions provide the necessary foundation to meet these demands.

Interop 2016 was a great opportunity to share ideas, connect with the world’s IT community, and illustrate NEC’s commitment to orchestrating a brighter world.

Orchestrating a Brighter World Fuels NEC’s Sponsorship of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout LPGA Tour Event

NEC’s official brand message, “Orchestrating a brighter world,”   has multiple meanings, but it originated as a way to showcase our global identity and value as a provider of technology and solutions for a better society.  We also promote this value by supporting altruistic causes and organizations.

Our brand message was on full display as NEC Corporation of America was a primary sponsor and the proud Official Technology Partner of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout LPGA Tour event, held April 26th  through May 1st at the Las Colinas Country Club.

It was an exciting event, especially for Jenny Shin, who claimed her first LPGA tour win with a two-stroke victory. Plano resident Gerina Piller tied for second place with Amy Yang and Mi Jung Hur.

The Volunteers of America is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need. The group provides affordable housing to low-income individuals, long-term nursing care for seniors, and human service programs for veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals and families, men and women returning from prison, and those recovering from addictions.

“The Volunteers of America Texas Shootout aligns with our company values and we are delighted to support a world-class sporting event that benefits the community where our employees live and work,” said Shinsuke (Shin) Takahashi, president and CEO of NEC Corporation of America.

The Volunteers of America Texas Shootout is the only LPGA Tour event in the state of Texas and featured 19 of the top 20 female golfers in the world.

The tournament also provided a unique opportunity for high school and college amateur female players to tee it up against the best players in the world through two qualifying “Shootouts.” The top two finishers from each shootout qualified for a spot in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

“We are extremely excited to have NEC as our Official Technology Partner,” said tournament director Kristy Nutt. “Their products and services are second to none and we will benefit from NEC’s LCD display technology. It is great having a sponsor that has offices in Irving and has the same drive to engage and support the community.”

To volunteer or donate to the Volunteers of America, please click here.

LPGA Volunteers of America Golf Event Lunch

“NEC and golf have been linked for many years and this opportunity in our back yard uses a high profile stage to help improve societal standards of living,” said Takahashi.  “At NEC, we practice a core value we refer to as “orchestrating a brighter world,” and this is a wonderful way for our employees to be involved and express it.”

NEC Builds Bikes and Team Bonds during Annual Sales Conference

NEC Corporation of America’s (NECAM) Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) team had a bit of fun with a team building exercise during their annual sales conference.  Kevin Flynn, ETS Vice President, chose a team building event that would bring his team and the ETS supporting teams together by participating and competing in an event that gives back to the community.

Joined by NECAM president and CEO Shin Takahashi and other executives, the group was divided into teams that competed to complete a series of challenges similar to those from the popular television game show “Minute to Win It”.  Each time a team won a challenge, they would receive a part of a bicycle that they would later build.

Once all parts for the bikes were given out, each team received the base of the bike that they were to build.  But there was a twist.  The bike bases were all marked with a specific color tape, as were each of the parts.  Teams had to barter and negotiate with each other to obtain the parts that had the same color tape as the frame they were given, truly putting their sales expertise to the test!

The finished bikes were donated to Texas Bikes for Tykes, a non-profit charity organization that builds or repairs bikes that are given to underprivileged children and adults in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as Mexico, Honduras, and Ghana.

NEC Foundation Demonstrates Community Commitment with Gift to the Irving Family Advocacy Center

NEC Corporation of America has had a presence in Irving for 30 years, and in that time, we have built a strong relationship with the city. The City of Irving is an early adopter of some of our ‘Smart Cities’ technology, including use of our NeoScan 45 technology, a mobile biometric fingerprint capturing solution for the Irving Police Department.

It is through this relationship that we learned of the amazing work done by the Irving Family Advocacy Center. We admire and are grateful for their partnership with the Irving Police Department to provide counseling services to families affected by domestic violence, crime, and children who have been victims of abuse. After learning of the center’s technological limitations, we decided to help.

Through the NEC Foundation of America, the employees of NEC are happy to provide monetary support to the Irving Advocacy Center. The foundation is our philanthropic organization, with the mission of contributing to the creation of social value and helping to advance human potential through technology and innovative giving programs, focusing on STEM education, health and human services, environmental stewardship, and community well being.

We hope the gift of $112,000 will help the Irving Family Advocacy Center and the Irving police Department continue and perhaps expand the great work they are doing in the community. Chief Larry Boyd of the Irving Police Department recently attended an employee meeting at the NEC Corporation of America headquarters in Irving to accept the check on behalf of the Family Advocacy Center.

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