We are just about all done here at SmartRail Europe 2015 and what a couple of days it has been! Packed full of industry leaders explaining, debating and presenting the latest developments in the industry plus the most innovative solutions providers showcasing their work in the Expo and of course plenty of networking. One of the key discussion points across both days has not just been change within the industry, but the pace of change. Demands from passengers are increasing, whilst budgets are often not moving to match. Meeting the demands and growing ridership and satisfaction levels is a clear opportunity but one not without its challenges. Yesterday we offered some speaker insights from day one, and today we have another twelve quotes from just some of the many leading speakers I’ve heard today. And SmartRail Europe will be back next year – Amsterdam 5-6th May 2016. If you’ve missed this year’s you’ve missed out so hope to see you there!
“Railways focus on ‘operational excellence’: what does not contribute to the reliable execution of daily routine (i.e.: running the business), is generally treated as a threat.” – Jos Holzer, Head of Project Management & Support, Department of Rolling Stock & Energy, NS
“The number one key learning for changing major financial strategies is to ensure that everyone is agreed on a shared vision. And check that it really is shared! When we made our changes, some people did leave but it’s crucial to have everyone focussed together.” - Charles Mander, Finance Director, NS International