9 Key Questions About Visiting the 3rd International Best Practice Management Alliance China Conference in Beijing

Are you curious to know what happened at the 3rd International Best Practice Management Alliance China Conference in Beijing? I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the conference this years. Here’s my write up based on the questions our blog-editor sent us. Enjoy:

1. Why did I attend?

Being the forerunner in advocating the best practiced in the industry across various domains, we were very keen to know more about the trends and development in one of the most powerful economies in the world i.e China. The 3rd Annual International Best Practices Management Alliance China conference in Beijing on the 8th of August was an excellent platform to gain more insights about the continuous development of competency models/frameworks and best practices in the ICT industry. The event focused on China and Southeast Asia countries. The event attracts top enterprises like Huawei along with the government Institutes and global institutions like EXIN. Also, with many training and consulting organizations from China and Southeast Asia participated.

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I was also invited as the guest speaker at the conference. I presented a session on “Maintaining best practises in the age of disruptive technology” which included some really interesting reports on emerging technologies like DevOps, SDN, Big Data, Cloud. It also included a powerful case study on Implementing ITSM to cloud service management. The session was very well received by the audience and I even got a nice trophy as an acknowledgement!

2. What type of questions did I get a lot?

Many people were interested in the emerging technologies like DevOps, Big Data, vendor-neutral role-based cloud courses and, of course, SDN. The audience wanted to get more details about the current trends and how organizations are implementing or getting impacted by the disruptions. They also wanted to understand the opportunities created around the emerging technologies. They wanted to understand the solutions or frameworks available to address the growing skill demand in these emerging technologies.

3. What did I learn?

Well, the first thing I learned was that English is not a global language as such and you can figure it out once you are in China! On a serious note, it was a very insightful event with lots networking opportunities. I learned more about the European e-competence framework and how Chinese Institute are adapting the same model as per their standards and operating guidelines. I gained valuable insights on the areas like AgileScrum, ITSM, DevOps, Cloud, Big Data in the form of debate, round table discussions, multiple case studies and presentations.

The prime learning was that China, even being a closed economy, has successfully implemented the global best practices by adapting and remodeling them as per their historical models and evolving them to the new age technologies and trends.

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4. What was the audience like?

The people were really friendly, open and keen to connect and share ideas. As I’m blessed with some facial features from my ancestors, which makes me look more Chinese than Indian, it made it a bit easier for me to interact 😉 However, I am already taking lessons and practicing my Chinese speaking skills to take more advantage of such friendly gatherings in the near future.
The audience mainly consisted of the CEO, CIO, CTO, IT director of the information center, major domestic and foreign IT enterprises senior managers and directors.

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(Yup, that’s me right there, in the grey suit!)

5. What was the venue like?

The venue was a large conference hall under the prestigious Landmark Hotel and Business centers in Beijing. It was very well organized with sufficient seating space for more than 100 attendees. They even had a large display for each speaker and also organized a roulette for all the participants. Guess what, I won a personally signed copy of ISO 9001 by the author itself. The conference included a great lunch and dinner for all the attendees along with some nice drinks.

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6. Which topics were discussed often?

The topics that were crucial and were a major part of the conference were Cloud, Big data, ITSM, SDN, BCM and DevOps. There were many live case studies and reports that comprehended the impact of the above mentioned technologies on enterprises and professionals. Various industry leaders were sharing ideas on how to implement and adopt best practices around these technologies based on live projects and round table discussions.

7. What can training companies learn from it?

The training companies can learn a lot! The first and foremost is to avoid becoming stagnant and adapting to the rapid pace of technological advancement and evolution in various domains. The safest way is to consistently build portfolios of frameworks and technologies like SDN, DevOps, Cloud and Big data. This is going to build a solid foundation for the next 5 to10 years based on the Gartner hype cycle report.

8. Was there a session, or more than one, that I thought was especially great?

The panel discussion on DevOps, Service management & Cloud was quite interesting. It covered three things. First, the disruptions caused by the technology evolutions. Second, the opportunities the technologies create for organizations. And third, the opportunities the technologies create for IT professionals.
The session was an open discussion between active practitioners in ITSM and DevOps domains discussing the role of vendor-neutral and role-based skills requirements across the Industry.

9. Would I go again?

I would love to go again as this time I didn’t have any time for sightseeing! Joking aside, I would absolutely would like to go back again next year to share more ideas and contribute more to the community, discuss ideas with various experts and industry leaders and keep building and advocating the ecosystem for the best practices.

This conference gave an excellent opportunity to various enterprises, C-level executives, training organizations, consulting organizations and IT professional to come together and share bright ideas, knowledge and experience to build a community for sustainable development.

See you soon, Beijing ! / 再见北京 (Zàijiàn běijīng)

PS – Do you like this trip report? Here’s another one about Knowledge16 in Las Vegas.

Dheeraj Nayal
Presently, the Regional Business Manager for the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan at ITpreneurs. Young and enthusiastic Intrapreneur driving the Consultative approach to the business. He has been working towards Setting-up an ecosystem of learners, partners, consulting organizations & global credential agencies in the IT best practices domain. He has been representing ITpreneurs at various forums in various locations to advocate the best practices across various domains and has been consistently awarded as the popular speaker for his powerful sessions by the audience.