O'Neil Software Celebrates 30th Year -- Hosts Strategic Partner Conference and Sponsors the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

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It’s been a big year for O’Neil Software. The company celebrated their 30th year in business, hosted yet another successful Strategic Partner (SP) Conference and while doing so, raised $26,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during this three day venue.

“Every 18 months, we host this event to help our customers succeed in records management and demonstrate a strong commitment to both national and international children’s charities,” notes Ian Thomas/Executive VP at O'Neil.

O’Neil’s SP Conferences continue to transform a business and social function into an unforgettable charity experience, helping those less fortunate long after the venue is over. The organizations they selected to sponsor this year were both the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Make-A-Wish Foundation International. The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

O’Neil hosted their 2011 Strategic Partner Conference at the beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California. The venue took place Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16th. This location (“Surf City, USA”) has become a favorite of attendees and is where O’Neil held their 2010 Strategic Partner Conference. The goal of this venue - combine business with pleasure, while helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation succeed in it their mission.

“Every 18 months, we make it a point to host this event that not only helps our customers succeed in records management, but demonstrates a strong commitment to both national and international children’s charities,” notes Ian Thomas/Executive Vice President at O’Neil. He continues: “Our conferences just keep on getting better and better in terms of educating our customers, as well as the amount of money we are able to raise for a charitable cause. Despite tough economic times, our conference attendees have, once again, displayed true generosity - which goes to show you that it’s not that successful people are givers; it’s that givers are successful people.”

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, AZ, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish somewhere around the world every 23 minutes. It has granted more than 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation at http://www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Other Venue Highlights Including an 80s Theme

As in conferences past, this year’s event provided attendees with many opportunities to learn about new record center software and hardware technology; see and hear first-hand how both can streamline business operations; boost productivity and profitability, as well as provide powerful competitive advantages. Additionally they had the chance to spend quality time with the O’Neil team, asking questions and learning more about the company’s training and technical support services. Numerous educational sessions were made available and they could listen to guest speakers; network with industry peers; benefit from shared experiences and contribute their thoughts and perspective on future software enhancements. Last but not least, attendees could schedule meetings with Strategic Vendor Partners, who were exhibiting their services which add value to customers’ original O’Neil investment.

Always a hugely anticipated event was O’Neil’s legendary Record Center Challenge, which promotes team-building skills and a spirit of camaraderie. This year, attendees teamed up to create their own 80s music videos and were judged on their technical expertise in coordinating/synchronizing the filming and audio aspects of this challenge, as well as creativity. Following this event, the company held their Awards Banquet and Ceremony, which again carried an 80s theme: O’Neil in the 80s, pop culture music, videos and fashion. This venue recognizes strategic partners who have implemented O’Neil Software technology in innovative ways, delivered proven results and have held steadfast to their goal of becoming the “best of the best.” Attendees showed up wearing 80s-themed clothing and a Cyndi Lauper look-a-like was even spotted at the event, mingling with attendees and later coaxed into singing a song on stage.

About O’Neil Software

For 30 years, O’Neil has been the software and hardware solutioneers™ for over 1,000 record centers in more than 80 countries, ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals. They are also known as the industry pioneers for barcode tracking, portable printers, wireless handhelds and web technology. Regional coverage includes the Americas; Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC). For more information, visit their website at http://www.oneilsoft.com.

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