CLEVELAND: Why I returned and why CommunityLIVE is coming here

The Cleveland I left in 1990 to attend Penn State is not the same area I returned to in 2012. It’s definitely on the rise, and those of us who live here are proud.

A big part of the reason I came back was to join a local software company, Hyland, which analysts were starting to recognize as an industry leader. The fun, innovative company was also starting to make its mark and become a renowned global brand. I had to join.

I know, I know. Who thinks of Cleveland when they think of tech?

Turns out, a lot more people than you think. From evolving into a digital medical hub to leading the blockchain charge, Cleveland is at the forefront of technological innovation.

That’s exactly why CommunityLIVE is returning to Cleveland – for the first time since the original event in 2001. This year will be our biggest and best conference yet, so you won’t want to miss it.

Why CommunityLIVE?

If you’ve been a Hyland customer for a while, you know that we used to call CommunityLIVE the OnBase Technical Training Conference – or OTTC, because everyone loves acronyms. As I mentioned, the first OTTC was in 2001, back when former Cleveland Cavaliers phenom LeBron James was just 16 years old. (He’ll be back.)

But, Hyland has grown and evolved beyond OnBase, our initial product offering. We now offer numerous other solutions we’ve added over time that help your organization improve the way it delivers and uses information. Therefore, it was time for a name change.

We based the idea of CommunityLIVE on our online Hyland Community ecosystem where more than 25,000 customers, partners, and employees play crucial roles in the continued growth of our solutions. The name change helps focus on the community aspect of the conference and celebrates the success of the online group.

CommunityLIVE brings together users, admins, executives, and partners in one place to learn, discuss ideas, and share experiences. And this year, the conference is going to be amazing.

As an attendee at CommunityLIVE ‘19, you’ll be able to:

  • Network with 2,700 other Hyland enthusiasts
  • Talk with more than 400+ Hyland staff and experts who are there to answer your questions, provide advice, and show you new solutions
  • Choose from hundreds of educational sessions
  • Stop by 35+ expert stations where you can test drive our solutions

These are record-setting numbers. All told, there will be more than 3,000 people from around the world getting together to share knowledge.

And that’s what it’s all about.

Why CLE?

This year will be the fifth anniversary of CommunityLIVE. To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to bring it back to the community where Hyland was founded, the place those of us at headquarters call home. A place where – with a little help from Odell Beckham Jr. – the Browns will win the Super Bowl next year.

If you’re a NY Giants fan, I apologize for my enthusiasm. I’ve had to tone it way down at home, as my wife is a huge Giants fan and my father-in-law is a 50-year season ticket holder. Therefore, this blog post is the safest place for me to celebrate this amazing trade. If you’re a Giants fan, you can leave a comment. I can take it.

As you can see, here at Hyland, we’re extremely proud of CLE. And we’re ready to show it off. In fact, we’ve already made big plans.

In addition to dinners and world-class entertainment, here are some of the fun things waiting for you in Cleveland:

  • A welcome reception in CommunityCentral where you can have a drink, network, and experience the latest innovations from Hyland and our partners
  • A visit to the incredible Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday night
  • A Cleveland Indians baseball game on Thursday night

Get inspired as you learn, network, and see what’s coming next. And get ready, because CommunityLIVE is taking Cleveland by storm September 15 – 19, 2019.

See you there!

Drew Chapin

Drew Chapin

Drew Chapin is vice president of global marketing and communications at Hyland. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Penn State, received his MBA from Vanderbilt University, and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army.

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