When we experience something new and feel that we’ve experienced it before, we call it déjà vu. But vuja de, the act of looking at something familiar with fresh eyes, is what can most benefit the equipment finance industry. Deborah Reuben takes a look at ways firms are enacting their own version of vuja de, especially when it comes to technological innovation.
By Deborah Reuben
IS CLOUD RIGHT FOR YOU?
In our personal lives, many of us use cloud storage programs like Dropbox and Gmail to enable us to login anywhere and find our stuff. Equipment finance businesses, however, have often lagged behind, using outdated technological solutions for data storage. Katie Emmel examines some of the options companies have for moving into the cloud era, advising them to study their choices before picking the one that is right for their needs.
By Katie Emmel
VENDOR FINANCE: THE MORE IT CHANGES, THE MORE IT STAYS THE SAME
Vendor finance has seen cycles of both innovation and stagnation, and Dexter Van Dango has worked and written about the industry long enough to see it all. While he views the current landscape as stale, he also sees the most exciting advancements occurring within the independent space, rather than with banks.
By Dexter Van Dango
ELFA/IMN SPRING MEETINGS
Spring brings with it an influx of new and returning conferences after the long, gray doldrums of winter. The ELFA this year hosted two major meetings: its 18th annual Investors Conference on Equipment Finance with co-host IMN and its 2nd annual Women’s Leadership Forum, an initiative born of the organization’s new focus on growing diversity within the equipment finance industry.
By Amanda Koprowski
BET ON IT
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers hosted its annual conference this past May in (viva!) Las Vegas. Paul Burnham provides a rundown of the three-day event, which offered attendees the chance to learn, network, and, in the spirit of its host city, maybe go home with an extra prize or two.