#CommunityLIVE: The fourth time’s a charm for this customer

In addition to my job as the Identity Access Manager at Salem State University, I currently serve as the Director of Education for Hyland’s Higher Education vertical OnBase group of user experts (VOGUE) Board. I’ve been working with OnBase at Salem State for three years, and I’ve attended CommunityLIVE for all three of those years.

I’m planning to attend again this year to make it four in a row, and I’m here to tell you why.

I’m sure you’ve all heard the standard conference spiel, “You’ll network with peers and learn from experts!”

While that is definitely accurate, it’s not what keeps me coming back to CommunityLIVE. I return year after year for the friendships, the wealth of community knowledge, and the innovative solutions from peers. Some people might call that networking. I call it friendship.

Learn from friends who’ve been down that road

It always seems like if you’re thinking about implementing something new, are struggling to support something exciting, or are developing something original, someone at the conference has already worked on the same thing and can offer insight and advice.

Having those friendships from CommunityLIVE makes it that much easier to reach out to your peers and ask the small questions. It always amazes me how broad the OnBase community’s knowledge and ingenuity spans.

The sessions at CommunityLIVE are often the catalysts for our projects here at Salem State University. They start as a passing comment here or there, and then evolve into full-fledged implementations.

Just hearing about one little piece of someone else’s project can get the wheels turning on how much more we can accomplish with what we already have, and I think that is the real value of CommunityLIVE.

It’s always good to know what’s new and what’s coming, but better utilizing what you already have allows you to continue moving forward without relying on new features. You can do more, without spending more. That’s what I call a win-win.

See you in Vegas!

Nick Albina

Nick Albina

Nick Albina is the identity access manager at Salem State University.

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