The die is cast: the next User Day, originally scheduled for September of this year, will not take place until next year. 2021 is also a good date, because then the 25th anniversary of Innosoft is coming up, which we would like to celebrate with you.
2020, on the other hand, is not under a very good star. For about a quarter of a year now, the Corona virus continues to hold the world in suspense and massively restricts all our lives, both in the private and professional sectors. Back to normal? If the past months have taught us one thing, it is that knowledge, insights, probabilities and prognoses are subject to permanent change. What seems almost certain today may be completely impossible tomorrow, and vice versa.
And even though there are now, fortunately, signs of a relaxation in many places and the ban on trade fairs and major events issued by the federal and state authorities only applies until 31 August 2020, our popular event could not have been held in the usual manner.
In addition to the high quality of the presentations, the 13 User Days so far have always been characterized by the pleasantly relaxed, sometimes almost familiar overall atmosphere, as participants often told us in their feedback after the events. As a visitor, one could be very close when Innosoft project managers demonstrated individual program sequences and innovations live in smaller rounds, could make new contacts or deepen existing relationships and exchange experiences in the numerous breaks in which participants stood or sat together casually over snacks and drinks.
This time, however, the obligation to wear a mask and the requirement for distance would make many things different. Above all, a massive limitation of participants would have been necessary in the booked locations. Of the well over one hundred visitors in the past years, we would have had to reject more than half of them with a heavy heart. This is something we absolutely want to avoid. Therefore, we prefer to hope that time is on our side and that we can arrange the new planning, taking the development into account, in such a way that we can reduce the negative aspects to a minimum and that we can meet again next year as familiar and carefree as we remember it so well from the past.
All the speakers scheduled for 2020 have reacted with great understanding to the postponement and immediately signalled their willingness to be part of the new date with updated presentations. The Innosoft User Day, at which we also celebrate the 25th company anniversary, will now most likely take place in June 2021 (week 25) in Dortmund. We will inform you as soon as we have any reliable details.
Your Innosoft team