OSICON 2023 | Hosted by the Toledo Zoo

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Innovation is transforming life on Earth

Is your organization leading the conversation?

In today's rapidly evolving world, technological advancements are reshaping industries at an unprecedented pace. Yet, in the face of this accelerating change, many organizations find themselves uneasy, and this discomfort often leads to silence. To illustrate, consider the tales of some industry giants:

  • IBM, once a tech innovator, struggled to acknowledge the rising influence of Apple, a company that seemed 'unmentionable' in their conversations.
  • Japanese design innovations transformed the auto industry, leaving Detroit automakers hesitant to embrace and discuss these changes.
  • The onset of the 'digital' era caused industry stalwart Kodak to cover their ears, unwilling to engage in the conversation.

The fundamental error was the same in each of these cases — a reluctance to address and adapt to the prevailing technological paradigm shift, an elephant in the room that could not be ignored.

Tame the elephant with fellow business leaders

OSICON 2023 is your chance to address this year’s most bleeding-edge advances. Join reputable business leaders at Ohio’s Toledo Zoo, where you’ll network and cross-pollinate strategies for approaching the new technological jungle.

Why attend?

  • Create a community by sharing experiences and ideas
  • Build support for each other’s business efforts
  • Solve business challenges during times of drastic change
  • Share best practices and new approaches to core business strategies
  • Explore the Toledo Zoo, take part in our scavenger hunt, attend the trade show
  • Get to know cutting-edge business leaders during cocktail hour

Get 2 FREE tickets to Toledo's most exciting holiday event - "Lights Before Christmas"

As a valued member of the vibrant Toledo community, we're thrilled to offer you this exclusive opportunity: The first 25 individuals to sign up and attend OSICON 2023 will be given not just one, but TWO complimentary tickets to the enchanting "Lights Before Christmas" event. Don't miss out on this incredible tradition!

Get 2 FREE tickets to Toledo's most exciting holiday event - Lights Before Christmas

Here's how you can secure your spot and claim your tickets:

  • Click on Register for Free
  • Fill out the form (don't forget to fill in your City/State - it's how we know you can go!)
  • To claim your "Lights Before Christmas" complimentary tickets, you must attend (in person) on November 8. We'll have a table where you can come by, check in, and receive your free tickets!

Track down new knowledge and expertise

Survive + thrive in the modern marketplace. Choose from sessions designed to ensure you get the most out of your OSICON2023 experience.

Track 1
Financial professionals speak on global tax, payment processes, Odoo implementation, and more.

Track 2
Optimizing for Growth
Hear from business leaders who aren't afraid to push the envelope in the name of growth.

Track 3
Transformation Journey
From demand planning to cybersecurity, get technical insight into the world of open source ERP.

OSICON 2023 Agenda

Like OSICON ‘20 and '22, this year's agenda features leaders in systems integration and business process optimization. Speakers include executives, front-line managers, and leading technologists ready to provide insight and incite discussion around today's bleeding-edge technological advances.

Tuesday, November 7

5:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Marriott Courtyard Hotel

Wednesday, November 8

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome to OSICON (Kickoff)
Greg Mader, President of OSI
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote: Digital Leadership (Analog Leadership, too)
Bob Lewis, President, IT Catalysts
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Astra's Journey to Compliance Efficiency
Stratos Davlos, Founder, AIByte
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
AI and Machine Learning Insights
Paul Maiste, President, Lityx
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Snack Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Innovating Home Technology and our Evolving Odoo Ecosystem
Michael Hinton, CIO, Home Pro
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Building Scalable ERP Infrastructures in the Cloud
Max Chambreuil (Mgr. Director LATAM) and Ben Sher (Director of Enterprise Managed Services), OSI
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Organizational Transformation
Mark Debinski, President BlueWater Advisory
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Break, Trade Show, Explore the Zoo
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The Power of Saying "I Don't Know"
Menlo Innovations
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
It Is Rocket Science
Mike Otwell, Master Planner, URSA Major Technology
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Panel: ERP Implementations, Proven Practices, EAP Program
Greg Mader and Ben Sher, OSI
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Taking Off the Lifejacket: 30 Life Lessons from a Tech Startup
Josh Northcott, CTO and co-founder, Hounder LLC
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Cocktails and Book Signing
At the Aquarium
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
At the Aquarium

Thursday, November 9

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Trade Show
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
What to Expect on Day Two
Greg Mader
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Odoo: Overview of V17
Lee Jones, Senior Partner of Strategic Account Management, Odoo
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
OSI's New Services: HubSpot, Consulting, Data Analytics
Daryl Davis (Vice President of Business Development & Sales, OSI) and Mark Debinski (President BlueWater Advisory)
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Educational Tracks
Note: Attendees choose which track to attend
Track 1 - Finance
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
Keynote speaker: Implementing Odoo from a CFO's perspective
Josh Mercer, Fractional CFO, Bencer Business Advisors
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
The Many Hats of the Accounting and Finance teams, Including Focus on KPIs
with Serena Cyr, VP Implementation, OSI
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Global Tax & Emerging Regulations
with Avalara
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Payment Processing Technologies
with Justin Priestly, Business Analyst, OSI
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion - Budget & Cash Flow Creation for the New Year
with Murtada Karjikar, and Serena Cyr, OSI
Track 2 - Optimizing for Growth
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Driving Business Growth With ERP and Advanced Analytics
with Bill Holland & Paul Maiste, President, Lityx
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Business Optimization Study
with Neil Calvert (Linq) & Thom Hornback (OSI)
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Business Optimization Study Workshop
with Neil Calvert (Linq) & Thom Hornback (OSI)
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Information Products for Impact
with Greg Mader, President, OSI
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Track 3 - The Transformation Journey (Technical)
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
There's No Such Thing as an IT Project
with Bob Lewis
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fundamentals of Design
With Steve Campbell, Sales Engineer, OSI
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Demand Forecasting & Advanced Planning
Pat Kittredge & Brammer Brakel, OSI
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Attacks
with Balaji Kannan (CTO) & Ben Sher (Director Enterprise Managed Services), OSI
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Break & Trade Show
Trade Show/Free Time to Explore Zoo/Scavenger Hunt
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Domain Doesn't Matter, The Discovery Does
with Menlo Innovations
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
How to Increase Profitability Through UI/UX
Artonic Web
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Wrap-up - Awards
with Greg Mader

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register (and how much does it cost?)?

OSICON 2023 is free for registered attendees. Click here to register. You'll receive a confirmation email with a link to the event that you can use to login.

What do I need to attend the virtual event?

Note: Only the learning tracks on Thursday Nov. 9th are virtual. Register to receive your login credentials. You can join using any internet-enabled device.

How do I schedule tracks and presentations?

For the breakout session, simply login to the session of your choice.

What if I register but can't attend?

If you cannot make the event, you can still view the learning tracks on Thursday, Nov. 9th. An email with instructions will be sent to every registered guest. On-demand sessions will be available to registrants who attended the event as well.

What hotel should I book and what is the last day to do so?

Marriott Courtyard Toledo Airport Holland. Special Group Rate $144 USD per night. Last day to book your hotel room at the group rate is Monday, October 23, 2023.

What is the closest airport?

Detroit, MI or Toledo Express Airport.

Will I be charged to visit the zoo?

OSICON attendees can visit the zoo at no cost. Ample time will be given to explore.

Is there a trade show?

Yes, with many vendors of cutting-edge software that pairs well with Odoo.