How the West Was Won at Summer Soirée 2018!

August 23, 2018— Last week we held our annual customer appreciation event Summer Soirée. With our attendee count over 200% higher than it was last year (and straining the capacity limits of the venue!), this year’s Soirée topped last year as the highest attended one to date and our best one yet!

Our top highlights for this year include:


The Venue: Relaxed & Cozy Meets Upscale & Chic

Back by popular demand, we again hosted the Soirée at the Jack Rose Libation House in the Los Gatos hills. This versatile venue is both comfortable, cozy and relaxed, yet upscale and stylish with its rustic chic vibe. The open areas and huge bar along with a patio and beer garden are great for socializing and networking, while the private corners and cozy enclaves and nooks are perfect for smaller groups to have a quiet conversation—offering the best of all worlds for our guests.


The Theme—Saddle Up Everyone!

The rustic vibe and look of Jack Rose lent itself perfectly to our retro Western theme for this year! Guests were encouraged to deck themselves out in their best Western wear and some really got into the theme in head-to-toe cowboy/cowgirl. The presence of a mechanical bull surprised and delighted everyone—and kudos to the first guest (we’ve since nicknamed him “Bronco Billy”) who paved the way and bravely took a ride on it—while the timider ones were content to watch and cheer on the more adventurous guests who took their chances and hopped on for a ride. Bales of hay, wheel barrels, stagecoaches and Wild West artifacts also lent themselves to the Western ambiance and decor. And, in case anyone was wondering, yes, that was  indeed our “outlaw” CEO and COO plastered on the Most Wanted posters throughout the venue!


It’s Finger Lickin’ Good: Food and Drinks

The tasty food and drink menu also carried a Western theme. A BBQ station was a big hit, as was fried chicken and comfort western food such as mac and cheese and baked beans. Guests could order from an assortment of specialty drinks such as the “Lone Star, “Bonanza” and “Ponderosa” to quench their outback thirst.


Our Customers Showed Up and Showed Out! (As the Kids Say)

We always look forward to this opportunity to connect and celebrate who is responsible for our company’s success—our customers. From long-time loyal customers we’ve had since the inception of Groupware to new ones we are getting exciting projects off the ground with, our valued customers showed up in full force. We couldn’t be more appreciative of the time our customers took out of their busy days to travel to Jack Rose (Bay Area traffic is no joke) and hang with us. From the customer who showed up half an hour early because he was so looking forward to experiencing the venue again to the very last one who had to stop in, even at 7:45pm for a few minutes, we truly appreciate all of our great customers. Yeehaw!!


They’ve Always Got Our Backs: Our Sponsors

A huge thanks goes out to our awesome sponsors for their participation in making this Summer Soirée happen! Year after year, we are appreciative of your support and generosity!

Maverick Sponsors:

  • Cisco
  • Dell EMC
  • HPE
  • Ingram
  • Super Micro


El Dorado Sponsors:

  • Tech Data


Wild, Wild West Sponsors:

  • Cohesity
  • F5
  • Lenovo
  • NetApp
  • Oracle
  • Red Hat
  • Riverbed
  • SYNNEX Corporation


True Grit Sponsors:

  • APC by Schneider Electric
  • AWS
  • CCX
  • CloudHealth Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Pure Storage
  • Skymind
  • Veeam
  • VMware


Check out the video here to see highlights of the 2018 Summer Soirée, which includes some of the brave souls who engaged with the mechanical bull! Thanks to everyone for coming out again and mark your calendars for August 8 for next year’s Summer Soirée!




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