Whether migrating away from 3000-based ERP or sticking with a known application, customers who manage manufacturing will gather in San Francisco for this year's CAMUS annual meeting. The user group is seeking sponsors for its event at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency. Sponsors make a conference possible if the user group is to offer more than chairs and experts speaking at the front of a hotel meeting room.
Not to say that kind of un-sponsored meeting can't be productive. The world's top scientists and academics gather without much in the way of sponsorship — although even the Association of Writers and Writing Programs had a vast bookfair at its conference in our hometown this spring.
CAMUS is holding a three-day event starting August 23, inviting sponsors to exhibit from 5 PM the first evening through 12:30 on August 25. A CAMUS member can exhibit for $500, while non-members pay $650 for the standard 10-by-10 space. CAMUS says it's expecting 100 attendees this year.
There's also a half-dozen afternoon time slots available for presentations and demos at $200 each. At the top of the sponsorship tree, there's a $5,000 Event Night Thursday, a "night out in San Francisco." Most of the other opportunities are well under $1,000.
The deadline to sign up for an exhibit space is July 14. Housing requests — CAMUS wants all of its attendees to stay at the Hyatt to fill up the group's block of rooms — must be received by August 1. The latest conference information is at www.camus.org.