On June 2nd, more than 200 participants came together for arc|planet Korea 2011. I was lucky enough to attend the event, our second in South Korea, and see terrific presentations from our customers in the finance, manufacturing, and retail industries. We were kindly hosted by our partner, Zalesia, who showed off arcplan Mobile on 5 different mobile phones and tablet PCs, which were never out of attendees’ hands.
Like arc|planet Germany, this event gathered arcplan users together for a day of best practice sharing, networking, and learning about arcplan's vision and product strategy. There was a lot of excitement about our newest product, arcplan Engage, our BI search and collaboration tool, which gathers data, reports, and dashboards wherever they reside (whether they’re in SharePoint, Salesforce.com, email, arcplan, SAP, or other BI systems) and makes them available for rating and commenting so the best data rises to the top. Our Korean customers are early adopters of new technologies, so naturally arcplan Engage was a hot topic.
Also a hot topic – self-service analytics. There was a lot of interest around web pivoting and drag-and-drop functionality, both available in arcplan Enterprise 7.
Our Korean customers are using arcplan for standard reporting and dashboards, but also for more innovative BI apps. Hyundai-WIA, a global manufacturer of auto and airplane parts, calls their app "Conference System." It's used in executive meetings and looks a bit like PowerPoint, but offers full dynamic drill-down so data can be analyzed on the fly. They can even enter and store unstructured data in their databases, adding notes and comments about items that are discussed during the meetings. This arcplan application has actually replaced the use of PowerPoint at Hyundia-WIA.
In addition to Hyundai-WIA, Samsung Card and GS Retail also presented their arcplan best practices. Samsung Card is Korea's largest credit card company and uses arcplan for dashboards and reporting. GS Retail is a group of department and discount stores in South Korea. arcplan is their enterprise-wide reporting sytem.
Thank you to everyone who attended arc|planet Korea – we look forward to seeing you next year!