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Did you know that the first ever microchip was born within the labs of Texas Instruments’ Dallas headquarters? Co-inventor Jack Kilby is also credited with inventing the handheld calculator and the thermal printer. It seems only fitting that we will host Explore 2018 in Dallas as we look at advanced technologies of today and how they play a role in the future of manufacturing.

With May 7-10 right around the corner, it’s time to book your trip. Before you start to plan, you may want to have an ace up your sleeve. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Step 1: Know the Explore Agenda, Create a Plan

Be sure to have a good understanding of the Explore agenda, and how it will help you grow in your role and improve your company’s processes. With over 45 sessions and four training courses to choose from, you’re bound to find several to give you an edge on your skills.

Step 2: Can You Answer the Question: “Why Go to Explore?”

Year-after-year, customers return to Explore. Why do they continue to join us? We often hear that it’s the sessions, training and networking opportunities with the QAD Experts. We sat down with the team from CK Technologies to gain some insight and were delighted to hear that not only do they find those common reasons part of why they keep coming back, but they said Explore enables the continuous improvement of their business. They tackle QAD Explore as a team, come up with a strategic plan of action and work together to get the most out of the event. You can read the full story to get tips on attending Explore like a pro!

In addition to all of those reasons, many people enjoy hearing from QAD executives and special guests about the state of manufacturing in this fast-paced and ever-changing world.

Step 3: Justify Your Trip With a Well-Written Email

Once you have a good handle on the sessions you want to join and can provide a value for attending Explore, all you need to do is to wrap it up into a nice package for your manager to review and approve. Download the Explore Justification Template, customize it and you’ll be on your way to Dallas in a few months!

Step 4: Register Early For a Discounted Rate

One of the biggest reasons to get this information is because the Early Bird Discount ends on March 30th. After that, it’s going to cost an additional $600. So get familiar with the agenda, learn more about why QAD Explore is so valuable and justify the trip! Be sure to check out for more details about the event. See you in Dallas!