This year at our annual conference many more large manufacturers will be present to demonstrate their products and services. They have become interested in displaying the solutions that can assist you and your diocese in accomplishing what you have been charged with. There are services available that will enable you to affect a savings and possibly be able to afford either new hard- ware, upgrade you software or just provide you with a way to work smarter.
Your diocese’s investment in having you at the conference can pay off with the savings affected by your being a part of this year’s annual meeting.
We have brought the manufacturers together to our conference so that we can demonstrate the interests and concerns of various dioceses. The manufacturers are coming to learn for themselves what we are all about and our potential. And what they learn at this year’s conference will be shared with other vendors.
We need your presence at the conference. We need you to demonstrate that the dioceses are interested in buying at a better price. That the dioceses are interested in learning about the technology as it is being designed by these manufacturers. That the investment the manufacturers made in attending the conference is going to be mutually beneficial. Without a doubt, we can and will pay more if you are not interested. You are the decision maker in this instance. As one of the manufacturers pointed out, you are already buying their products why should they give you a dis- count to gain your business. We would like to illustrate that because we are buying their products, they should offer volume pricing to the dioceses and their affiliates.
Several other denominations also have annual IT conferences that are attended by these same manufacturers. These same organizations for the most part already enjoy the benefits of volume pricing.