IAEM Annual Conference: New Expo Management Software Allows Show Managers to Integrate Seamlessly with Other Systems
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/24/2004

a2z Inc., international developer of event management software used by association meeting planners nationwide, will introduce a2zShow Version-5 during IAEM’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Expo! Expo! to be held December 2nd at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, on December 2nd.

The new program will bring the power of leading edge Microsoft.NET technology to a2zShow and the expo management industry. With Version 5.0, the popular, online, real time software for expo managers now offers more features standard and can be more easily and effectively used and integrated throughout an organization.

"The move to .NET technology enables a2zShow to serve more effectively as an enterprise system catering to the conference and expo management needs of the entire association," says a2z president Rajiv Jain. "Everybody—operations, accounting, sales, marketing, top management—can interact with the program and expo data and pull the information they need."

Microsoft.NET technology is designed to allow people to share information using a single, simple interface. Based on universal code and structures, it enables information to flow seamlessly between different software applications, legacy systems, and the Internet. It adds stability to the operating environment by helping to eliminate errors and glitches that tend to occur when different systems talk to each other.

".NET is cutting edge. It’s more stable, more error proof, and the processing speed is faster," says Jain. "This is where the technology is going. It’s only logical to move our application from older technology to new."

Many clients have already adopted the Version 5.0 platform, including the American Heart Association, New Hope, and Hanley-Wood, LLC. Barbara Charbonneau of the American Heart Association states, “We've been able to reduce overtime, staff costs and provide better customer service...faster booth assignments and reporting with a2z.”

In addition to migrating a2zShow to the .NET platform, Version 5.0 includes several important enhancements designed to improve productivity and the flow of information for associations and their stakeholders.

  • Expanded reporting and analysis capabilities. Event managers can produce professional business reports showing historical trends and past show comparisons.
  • Enhanced security and access controls. Organizations can specify which aspects of the application specific people can access, change, etc.
  • Expanded control of non-exhibiting space. Event managers can manage non-exhibiting spaces and draw those spaces online.
  • Enhanced floor plan printing capabilities. Floor plans can be printed at different scales and at higher resolutions – making it possible to print high quality, detailed floor plans directly.

Staying ahead of the crowd with leading edge technology and continuous product advancements is central to the philosophy that has made a2z, Inc. an award-winning software company. Its powerful expo management and marketing tools are used by organizations of every size, scope, and industry – including dozens of the top 200 expos in the United States. Additional information is available online at www.a2zinc.net or by calling 410-740-9200.

Find more information on Expo! Expo! at www.iaem.org/_event2/default.asp