Experts offer advice on making the most of technology in the workplace.

How can you boost productivity, decrease costs and better execute on your business goals by leveraging new workforce technologies?

The recent MIT Enterprise Forum South Florida gave attendees the opportunity to ask experts that very question.

Hosted jointly by the College of Business Administration’s Business Alumni Chapter and the MIT Enterprise Forum, the event brought together four thought leaders, including Hector Manuel Arrillaga, director, managed enterprise solutions, Hewlett Packard; Andres Campo, president and founder, Axxis Solutions; Mark Hans-Joachim Crofton, senior director, SAP AG; and Erika Twani, education industry director, Microsoft.

More than 100 representatives from the college’s alumni and faculty community plus executives from South Florida businesses gathered to hear the panelists discuss how their companies are driving business growth and efficiency by adopting and implementing new technologies that have profound business implications.

The event was held at the Conrad Miami Hotel.

Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun; Erika Twani; Mark Hans-Joachim Crofton; Andres Campo; Hector Manuel Arrillaga; and Jacques Hart, CEO of Roar Media and a member of South Florida chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum

Forum offers inspiration and ready-to-use practical tips.

“What’s unique about this forum is that the panelists offered tangible, tactical takeaways,” said Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun (BBA ’98).

According to him, “Often one leaves an event like this inspired but with no way to immediately apply what is discussed. Not so here. The panelists focused on relevant topics such as CRM, ERM, digitized printing processes and voice-to-text recognition. They did not just talk concepts. They provided attendees with specific information on websites and downloadable tools that could be put to work immediately.”

Series taps into Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Hernandez-Solaun, who has an MIT Executive Certificate, organized the forum and served as moderator. This was the second in a series of popular events jointly sponsored by Florida International University (FIU) and MIT.

“We moved this second forum to a venue with 40 percent more capacity and we still sold out,” he said.

Hernandez-Solaun credits part of the success of this forum series to Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit.

“Our business leaders need to continue to take it upon themselves to come together as a community to help new enterprises thrive in South Florida,” he said. “These Enterprise Forums support that goal.”

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