From March 24 to 25, 2022, hundreds of VTScada enthusiasts from around the world again descended on the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida for two action-packed days of receptions, technical sessions, hands-on workshops, and awards. This year’s theme was…
Engage with the experts.
Network with your peers.
Elevate your skill set.
VTScadaFest is a unique opportunity for developers, integrators, and end users to spend quality time with the people who create and support VTScada. Attendees come away with more than just information about a product, they get to experience a corporate culture that has earned a loyal international customer base for close to four decades.
A Sneak Peek at VTScada 12.1
During the keynote address, Glenn Wadden, Trihedral President and VTScada Software Architect, took to the stage with all the fanfare of a rock concert to give the packed audience a sneak peek at some of features coming soon in VTScada 12.1. While we can’t share much with you yet, we can say that there will be a new dedicated driver for Delta Brand PLCs and VFDs. You will be able to try version 12.1 for yourself this Spring.
Sessions For Every Interest
From plant operators and systems integrators to superintendents and CEOs, there were sessions for everyone and every technical level. In addition to expanding on many of the new 12.1 features, sessions ranged from handy tips and tricks for VTScada power users to a “crash” course in cyber resilience.
Escape Room Challenge
In this high-energy ticking-clock challenge, participants had to use all their knowledge of VTScada software to solve the riddles and escape from a very hazardous fictional environment. VTScada developer Joseph van de Kieft spent many evenings ensuring that this year’s challenge would be extra devious and fun.
Pre-Fest Training Opportunities
During the three days before each conference, we offer every level of VTScada training course including VTScada Scripting which is only available at VTScadaFest. This, in combination with the learning opportunities built into the conference, makes VTScadaFest a unique chance for newbies to become pros and pros to become advanced VTScada experts.
Ask Us Anything!
VTScadaFest provides unlimited opportunities to rub elbows with VTScada experts. One of the most popular is the Developers’ Den, a relaxed setting where users can drop in and share their questions and success stories with our team.
Plenty of Time for Networking and Fun
Of course, there was plenty of time to eat, drink, and be social with hundreds of other industry professionals. Those who attended the opening night reception got to take home a cherished memento of the experience provided by The Original Butt Sketch! (Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like.) The following night’s reception was hosted by the world-famous piano bar Howl at the Moon where guests were treated to a bluesy ballad written exclusively for VTScadaFest.
The VTScada Awards
The VTScadaFest closing ceremony is the perfect place to recognize our top users and resellers in front of a room full of their peers. In addition to our Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald tier sales awards, we also gave away shiny statuettes for Top Reseller, Top End User, and Top OEM. Awards are based on a variety of criteria including revenue, installations, and renewal percentages. The first winner of our new VTScada Innovation Award went to Blackrock Automation. They found an inventive use of the standard VTScada Slippy Maps utility. Check out their submission video: https://www.vtscada.com/the-vtscada-innovation-award/
See all the award winners here: https://www.vtscada.com/category/news/vtscadaawards/
VTScadaFest Moves to Universal – March 30 to 31, 2023 (Training 27th, 28th, and 29th)
Based on early interest, next year promises to be our biggest VTScadaFest yet. We decided we were going to need a bigger venue to contain all the training, sessions, and special events lined up for 2023. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is a luxurious, state-of-the-art facility just a short stroll from two of the world’s most popular adventure parks. See it for yourself: https://www.loewshotels.com/portofino-bay-hotel
The feedback is in!
Here are just a few of the glowing reviews of this year’s event.
“I use VTScada to develop solutions for my clients and VTScadaFest helps me be a better user of your product. I love seeing the upcoming features and talking to the experts in the Developers’ Den to get answers to my client’s questions.”
“This is my fourth time. VTScadaFest is always amazing. Every time Natashia does an amazing job. I learn so much. I plan to come EVERY year.”
“I’m so glad I was able to come! Work sent me and hopefully they send me again in the future. This was wonderful!”
“[I come] for the fun, networking, learning, and the love.”
Other VTScadaFest News from Control Global
|New backing promises bigger stage for VTScada – After two years of pandemic-induced distancing, the team behind VTScada by Trihedral had big news to share when they gathered with more than 200 users of the company’s namesake supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software for VTScadaFest. Read more.|
|VTScada 12.1 adds functionality, boosts performance – “Now we can get back to most exciting part of the job!” said Glenn Wadden, president and founder of VTScada, before reviewing an extensive list of the software performance enhancements and functionality improvements. Read more.|
|Cyber resilience requires new ways of thinking – Ian Schmertzler, president and CFO of Dispel, urged the providers of critical infrastructure represented at VTScadaFest to shift to modern, mobile target cybersecurity defenses to reduce risk of attack and come in line with governmental regulations. Read more.|
|What makes VTScada so special? Control Editor Keith Larson admits being skeptical about Trihedral Engineering’s trademarked marketing claim to “the industry’s most powerful SCADA software.” Did his VTScadaFest experience confirm his doubts or make a convert of him? Read more.|
|‘Mission critical’ applies to team performance, too – For VTScada’s Pete Diffley, mission critical is a thought process. In his VTScadaFest presentation, he shared how mission-critical thinking can be applied to building not only more resilient systems but the teams responsible for them. Read more.|
It’s Good to be Together Again
After two years of web cams and virtual events, it is good to be in the same room as our customers and partners so we can show them how much we appreciate them. Hope we see you there next year!