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What is the aSa Software Forum?

Every two years, aSa invites all client companies enrolled in the aSa Subscription Plan to the aSa Software Forum. We use this time to review our software, provide skills training, exchange ideas and concepts, and plan for future development. Your participation will help you to get the most out of your system, both now and into the future.


What is the format of the meetings?

The daily sessions are 2 hour classes focused on specific aSa solutions. These classes are designed so that you can select the sessions that best fit your needs and interests. Learn more on the Sessions and Events pages. 

  • Training Classes. The classes are geared specifically to helping you become more productive with aSa ex tools. This forum, the focus is on new and advanced features, rather than beginner training.
  • Workshops. In these sessions, you'll get a chance to practice the skills you learn. We'll have computers loaded with aSa software. You and a group of your peers will work together on various exercises using aSa products. 
  • aSa Q&A. Discuss aSa usage, integration, and configuration with the experts. Representatives from each of aSa’s departments will be on-hand to answer your questions and discuss the ways in which aSa’s Complete Rebar Solution can work harder for your organization.
  • Round Tables. These sessions are geared toward gathering your feedback, which will guide the development for future versions of aSa software. In some round table sessions, you'll have the chance to use early working versions of our 5G product line. 
  • Special Events. In addition, all forum attendees are encouraged to join us for special events, such as evening hospitality nights and "Brewing Innovation" at Pittsburgh's Penn Brewery.

Why are there no Rebar Financials sessions on the schedule?

Past forums included a broad range of training, from beginner to advanced, and the sessions were grouped by module. In 2017, we are much more focused on the future. With 5G’s streamlined workflow, there is no longer a need to separate Rebar Financials and non-Rebar Financials modules. For example, in 5G, there is only one Job module, and the features of Sales Order and Bar List have been combined into the new Order Entry tool.

Business Applications consultants will be available throughout the forum to answer any questions you have about aSa ex, and they will also be very involved on the 5G round table sessions.


Who should attend?

We recommend sending at least one representative from each key area of your business, including estimating, detailing, production, and accounting. Not only will you learn better ways to use the software you have now, your ideas will shape future versions of aSa solutions. As much of our focus will be on customer feedback and future development, we encourage owners, supervisors, and decision-makers to attend. We are not offering "beginner-level" training for each of our modules as we have done in the past. 

The benefit of networking with others in your industry is also very important. For example, contract estimators and detailers often acquire new clients at the forum, and fabricators share many helpful ideas that can lead to operational improvements and bigger profits. Ideally, every operating location served by aSa should be represented by at least one person.


How do I register?

Simply visit the aSa Software Forum Registration page and click Register Now. aSa will issue an invoice for your registration fee. All available discounts will appear on your invoice.


What are the registration and hotel costs?

Registration. The registration fee is $1,095 per person ($250 per spouse/non-company guest). These fees are used to defray the costs of meals, meeting rooms, and audio/video equipment. All other expenses are funded by a portion of your Client Care subscription. 

Save with our early bird discount! Register by February 20, 2017, to get the special early rate of $945.

Multiple Employee Discount.

Additional discounts apply if five or more people attend from the same company. For 5 to 10 employees, each employee from qualifying companies will receive $70 off the registration rate. For 11+ employees, each employee will receive $150 off. 

Hotel Rooms. Hotel rooms are $175 per night for single and double occupancy. Triple occupancy is $196 and quad is $215. This is a special rate for forum guests and reflects a discount compared to the Sheraton’s normal room rates. Note: Discount event hotel rates are only guaranteed until February 16, 2017.


Can I arrange a private meeting with an aSa consultant or salesperson?

During the aSa Software Forum, all aSa staff will be in town and available. Those wishing to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss business issues unique to their own companies should schedule a meeting by contacting Becky Hamilton at becky.hamilton@asaHQ.com or 1.800.225.5272.


What can I do around town?

All forum meetings and events are at the Sheraton Station Square. Station Square is a complex of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues built within and around a historic railroad station. It’s right on the river with a great view of the city. Other Pittsburgh attractions are within walking distance or a short taxi or transit ride away. For a complete list of Station Square attractions, visit stationsquare.com.

Also, be sure to visit the Travel page of the forum website for additional Pittsburgh information. Upon arrival, your welcome packet will include a “Don’t Miss” list of things to do in the ‘Burgh.


Any free stuff?

All registrants will receive a long-sleeve "Building Innovation" themed T-shirt. Additionally, registration covers all of your breakfasts and lunches during the forum; evening hospitality suites; and refreshments on Wednesday evening.


What should I wear?

Dress comfortably. All forum events are casual. Temperatures in Pittsburgh in the spring vary greatly and may be anywhere between 30 and 65 degrees, so remember to bring a jacket.


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