Meeting Planning Technology

by Kevin Iwamoto November 12, 2014

MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014

If you happen to be in Singapore this week, I will be a featured speaker at The MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2014.  For two days (November 13th and 14th), the conference brings together Asia’s leading Meetings, Conference, Exhibition, and Events organizers to meet and network with the region’s leading hotels, venues, and event suppliers.  Lanyon is a proud sponsor of this large conference, where...

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by Lanyon Staff November 11, 2014

Lanyon Providing Unilever With Meetings Technology Solutions

Lanyon SMART Events™ Cloud, the Key to Reducing Costs, Increasing Efficiency of Global Meetings Program for Top-Tier Consumer Goods Company DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2014) -  Meetings, events, and travel software leader Lanyon today announced a major agreement with Unilever to increase efficiency, lower risks and reduce expenses for the international consumer goods company's global...

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by Kevin Iwamoto November 5, 2014

Is Your SMMP Really Strategic?

My friend and leading SMM consultant, Shimon Avish, wrote an interesting article for MeetingsNet recently called “Let’s Take the 'Strategic' Out of Strategic Meetings Management”. He raised some interesting commentary about how strategy seems to be missing from most corporate SMMPs.  I couldn’t agree more!  Most companies who oversee the SMMP tend to focus more on the tactical elements of the...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 26, 2014

2014 Salary Survey: Meetings & Conventions

Despite being listed as one of the most stressful jobs in the world and heralded as one of the fastest growing areas of employment, meeting/event planners are still underpaid in comparison with comparably stressful jobs. This leads me to believe that meeting and event planning is still not sufficiently appreciated or respected as a profession.   A couple of interesting sound bites from a new study...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 22, 2014

SAP Acquires Concur For $8.3 Billion

I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who work for Concur, including their CEO, Steve Singh. Many of them have suddenly become very wealthy. To all of you, I say congratulations and well done! But what does the sale of this tech giant in our industry mean for all others in our ecosystem of buyers and suppliers?   In case you hadn’t heard or were on vacation last week, SAP, the Germany...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 12, 2014

10 Transformative Meetings Technology Trends for 2015

My friend Corbin Ball, who is a top tech guru in our industry, recently released his technology trends forecast for 2015.  This is a must read, and what I call a “keeper” in terms of on-line resource information. Corbin has graciously and thoroughly added informational links throughout his listing of transformative technology trends, which you can read here: Some of Corbin’s...

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by Kevin Iwamoto September 9, 2014

Disruptive Technologies and Change - Friend or Foe?

I've  just read a great article in PCMA’s Convene publication about the effect and impact that Airbnb is having in our industry as the disruptor du jour.  We've all witnessed and experienced the impact that disruptive technologies and changes have had in our industry, as well as others.  In some cases, that disruption has caused obsolescence of business models like analog vs. digital music and...

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by Lanyon Staff August 21, 2014

Lanyon VP Kevin Iwamoto Named in the 2014 Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry

For the second consecutive year, Kevin Iwamoto, Lanyon VP of Industry Strategy, is recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry for his work on the next generation of Strategic Meetings Management   Dallas, TX – August 12, 2014 ─ For the second consecutive year, Successful Meetings Magazine has named Kevin Iwamoto, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Lanyon,...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 7, 2014

At GBTA Austin Chapter Event: How Strategic Meetings Management Saves and Mitigates Risk

I’m really looking forward to seeing all those nice folks down at the GBTA Austin (TX) Chapter – for their August meeting on the 12th! They’ve asked me to come and speak on "Strategic Meetings Management: The Intersection of Travel, Meetings & Procurement.” What better time to talk about this, too? As I see it, the new normal in meetings and events after the “Great Recession” is that there is a...

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by Kevin Iwamoto August 4, 2014

Big Data Goes Over Big at GBTA 2014!

Did you catch the Big Data session at GBTA 2014? The session featured: Amy Margolis, Sr Director, Corporate Travel, Meetings & Events, CA Technologies Craig Banikowski, Sr. Manager Travel Meetings and Fleet, Amgen Inc. Mary Lake, Sr. Manager, Global Meeting Solutions, AbbVie Mike Stiles, Sr. Corporate Events Manager, Adobe The panel was moderated by our own Anthony Miller, CMO of Lanyon.  The...

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