A Conference Unlike All Others

Hexagon 2012: Think Forward is a user conference unlike all others. The difference is one not only of scale (I am one of more than 3,000 attendees here at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas), but of ambition. Hexagon does not consider itself a metrology company, or an engineering company, or an infrastructure company, or even a software company. It is all of those things, and more, but Hexagon truly sees itself as an information company, and as such, a catalyst for positive change in the world. Hexagon’s goal is to function as a resource for its users, not only to help them do their jobs better, but to improve the environment and human society as well.

Ola Rollén, president and CEO of Hexagon, underlined the point beautifully during this morning’s keynote, which was akin more to a rock concert than an opening address at a business conference. For Rollén and his management team, thinking forward means understanding that the world is a rapidly changing place, with challenges and opportunities never seen before. The effective professional of today and tomorrow is the one who helps his or her organization thrive (and who thrives in turn) by using technology to peer deeply into data, often in real time. This actionable intelligence will drive the decision making that can mean the difference between success and failure–sometimes between life and death–for stakeholders across the globe.

There are more than seven billion people on the planet today, and countless unique cultures, but the things that bring us together are more powerful than the things that threaten to tear us apart. It’s fascinating to chat with the members of Hexagon’s user group, many of whom have come here from far, far away (a total of 76 nations are represented here). The languages may be different, but these men and women are all saying the same things: Give us the latest tools we need to prepare for disasters, to track our assets, and to test and measure our manufactured goods. Allow us to connect, to share our stories of success, to question, and to learn from each other. Let us grow and help us improve. These are our common concerns, and this is the responsibility that Rollén and his management team have assumed.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to come to Hexagon 2012 in person, you can get the flavor of the show online. This website is an excellent resource, of course; another is that of my organization, Quality Digest. We’re providing real-time streaming video coverage of the event at www.qualitydigest.com. Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6th, at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern to watch our live coverage. We’ll be interviewing Angus Taylor, CEO of Hexagon Metrology; demonstrating some of the latest Hexagon hardware; and showing clips from today’s keynote, some of the session tracks, social events, and more.

It’s been a terrific couple of days so far, and I can’t wait to learn more during the rest of today and tomorrow. Any organization with the clarity of vision and the singleness of purpose demonstrated by Hexagon is one well worth following. If you haven’t yet attended one of these events, consider coming next year, when Hexagon 2013 returns to Las Vegas and the MGM Grand. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn, to improve, and, of course, to think forward.


About the Author

Mike Richman,Quality Digest, Publisher


Mike Richman is the publisher of Quality Digest and a passionate advocate for the human side of quality. In addition to frequent editorial contributions and the occasional keynote address, Mike is the co-host of the popular web TV show Quality Digest Live, which airs every Friday at www.qualitydigest.com


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