2021 Prairie Systems User Conference Recap
May 24, 2021
The Prairie Systems User Conference was held on May 11 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines and was a great success! We had just under 70 attendees for the 9-hour event. We started the morning with introductions of the Prairie Systems team and then had a keynote presentation from Casey Niemann, President of AgriSync, who shared his insights on the topic: A conversation about the human element in agriculture. How our customer changed in the year that was.
After lunch, we presented a brief introduction of each software solution and then held concurrent, 2-hour breakout sessions allowing deeper discussion around each product. Highlights from those sessions are below.
Feed Allocation System (FAS) Breakout Session
The FAS breakout session had the largest attendance we have ever had since we started doing breakout sessions with over 30 users and prospects representing a variety of different roles from feed order desk users to management personnel. The session kicked off with an overview of the top new enhancements from 2020-2021 and the discussion filled the two-hour time block with several users participating in the forum and shared how they are using the features and key learnings from doing so. It was a great session of networking, learning and feedback for those in attendance and the Prairie Systems team.
Smart Order Breakout Session
The Smart Order session was a smaller group but was able to be customized based on the requests of the participants in the room. This provided an opportunity for users to share with each other the functionality they are actively using and benefitting from. A highlight of this setting for the Prairie Systems team was witnessing several ‘light bulb moments’ as a result of customer-to-customer sharing. Additionally, this provided an opportunity for some prospects to watch current customer interactions, and this definitely generated some added interest in the Smart Order solution.
LeeO Breakout Session
During the LeeO session the Prairie Systems team kicked off by sharing new LeeO features and answering multiple questions from the audience. Next, was an opportunity for our more ‘seasoned’ users to share their experience and findings with the more novice users and prospects in attendance. We shared about progress made with LeeO to acquire new animal registrations over the last several years. Overall, there was great discussion which enlightened potential new users and generated much discussion amongst existing users.
Following the breakout sessions, we concluded the event with some giveaways and closing comments and moved to the networking event until 7pm. Immediate feedback received from multiple attendees was very positive and expressed appreciation for the event!