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Aside from the country music, banjos and line dancing, it was business as usual for attendees at the recent BICSI Fall Conference, held August 21-24 at the Opryland Hotel Convention Center in Nashvill...


November 1, 2000  


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Aside from the country music, banjos and line dancing, it was business as usual for attendees at the recent BICSI Fall Conference, held August 21-24 at the Opryland Hotel Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

Close to 2,200 attendees attended the international telecommunications association’s annual for the usual “non-musical” reasons: to stay abreast of colleagues and competitors, to network with others in their field, and to investigate the latest technology on the show floor.

Entitled “Flexible Cabling Solutions for a Changing World,” the conference featured a variety of seminars that centred around this theme.

“Big fish are about to swim in your pond,” noted David Lefkowith in his keynote address at the conference, referring to a changing cabling and telecom industry where larger, well-known companies are starting to court smaller, dynamic companies.

Lefkowith, a consultant specializing in change, said that in today’s shifting landscape, this phenomena could pose either an opportunity or danger, depending on your stance. “If you just want to be left alone and want no change, its danger,” he warned, but added that for those companies who are looking for action and challenge, this represents tremendous opportunity.

BICSI attendees seemed to be taking that message to heart. The buzz in the conference rooms and on the show floor was a variation on that theme — that change is all around us (in both technology and business infrastucture) and we had better be prepared.

To help in this regard, the conference featured a variety of other seminars and activities, including a BICSI members-only technical seminar titled “Residential Cabling Infrastructure — Are You Ready?”, the exam for the RCDD and LAN Specialist designations, and BICSI design and installation courses.

In addition, 147 exhibitors were on hand to showcase their wares during the exhibit portion of the event, including five from north of the border — Accubid Systems, Ltd., CableTalk, EXFO, Inc., Nordx/CDT and Sanmina Enclosure Division. In fact, Canadians had a good all around showing at the Nashville event, with 74 attendees from across the country.

Due, in part, to a strong attendance from Canadians at BICSI shows, Region 5 Director Greg Porter noted that a regular Canadian District Conference might be in the works. The issue was raised at the Board of Directors meeting in Nashville, and Mr. Porter says it will be further addressed during BICSI’s upcoming 2001 planning meeting in December.

The BICSI Winter Conference — “Pursuing Global Connectivity” — will be held January 15-18, 2001 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL.


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