Author Archives: Amanda Tomaini Lamela

Sage Summit 2019: Returning to a U.S. coast near you

Kerstin Demko, the director of Sage North America’s Partner Marketing, announced the self-proclaimed worst kept secret last Thursday: Sage Summit 2019 will take place this year. And once again, Sage has listened to its customers and partners. Even more interesting: Sage received some feedback on the changes even before it… Read more »

BIM technology can help alleviate construction labor shortage

It’s no secret the construction industry is suffering through a labor shortage. However, it continues to be an oddity that in an era of the lowest unemployment since the 1950s and an uptick in the economy that construction companies still can’t find enough workers. Earlier this year, we looked at… Read more »

Be kind to your software partner: Schedule year end projects now

The fiscal year of 2018 has ended for many companies but the calendar year of 2018 is moving right along. This means while some companies are finally taking a deep breath, others are getting ready for the rush for the final three months of the year. This is especially true… Read more »

Hurricane season reminds companies to protect assets, data

Last week, Hurricane Florence slowly made its way through North Carolina and South Carolina. While she wreaked havoc on the coast, she also made a mess in the Piedmont where Practical Software Solutions is located. While the Carolinas aren’t in the hurricane cross hairs as much as other parts of… Read more »

Plug And Cutting Conference canceled, may be rescheduled

This morning, AmericanHort announced it canceled the 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 17-19 in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to Shanan Atkinson, the trade show manager for AmericanHort, the threat of Hurricane Florence will likely cause not only travel issues, but also flooding is… Read more »

AmericanHort keeping eyes on Hurricane Florence, Carolinas

Yesterday morning, AmericanHort sent out an e-mail to their 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference to say they’re keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence. In its 2 p.m. Eastern advisory on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reports Hurricane Florence, category 4 storm, is located about 845 miles east southeast of Cape… Read more »

Smaller conferences are great for growers

That gust of wind you feel at the beginning of summertime is growers in the horticulture industry finally getting a chance to breathe after a strenuous spring. It’s one of the reasons why the Cultivate trade show in July is so popular: It’s like a harvest festival after the spring… Read more »

Discrete manufacturers spending big on cloud technology

In a few weeks, Greg Lafferty is going to have another chance to share his knowledge about The Cloud when he presents “Mysteries of the Cloud: Solved” during the Plug & Cutting Conference. While I was updating the slide deck last week, it got me thinking about The Cloud and… Read more »

Charlotte plays host to 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference

At Practical Software Solutions, we try to maintain a dignified, even-keeled temperament when it comes to reporting on events in which we participate. That all goes out the window when the event is in our backyard, like the 2018 Plug & Cutting Conference. AmericanHort will host the 2018 Plug &… Read more »

Stories from Cultivate’18: Labor, technology dominate

Once again, the early birds got the worms at Cultivate’18. Every year, the No. 1 horticulture conference in the country starts its days with programs that provided great in-depth conversations about the industry. This year was no exception. For example, while AmericanHort discussed retail trends and plant benefits during its… Read more »