CIC Debuts APEX Software for Meeting Planners, Suppliers

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) has partnered with DataApp, a Los Angeles-based company that creates Web-based solutions for the meetings and expositions industry, in order to develop new event management software for meeting planners and suppliers, it recently announced. Designed to help meeting planners implement standards created by its Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, CIC says the software—called APEX Powershop—will streamline event planning from start to finish.

"I'm very excited about the launch of APEX Powershop," APEX Commission Chair Terri Breining said in a statement. "This program will make the practices and principles of APEX accessible in a way that they haven't been before. Powershop will [give] people and organizations—on both the planner and supplier side—the opportunity to easily implement and integrate the APEX standards, which will ultimately change the way we do business."

APEX is CIC's effort at creating best practices within the meetings and events industry. Its standards and recommendations—which are intended to help meetings professionals achieve time and cost savings, enhanced communication, improved customer service and elevated education through standardized processes and procedures—were used in order to develop APEX Powershop, a Windows-based application that CIC says will facilitate the RFP process and data exchange with its intelligent and time-saving features. Among the most robust of those features: Using Powershop, planners have the ability to automatically fill out forms and transmit duplicate information to multiple hotels and vendors, making meetings workflow both faster and more efficient.

DataApp officially debuted APEX Powershop this month at the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) 2008 World Education Congress in Las Vegas. The software will be available for purchase and download on Sept. 15, 2008.