Last Thursday & Friday, March 15th-16th, we held our largest partner conference in history at the Atlantic Hotel in Essen, Germany. More than 140 international participants – including arcplan partners, systems integrators, and resellers from Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil, India, China, and Morocco – joined us for 2 days of presentations, networking, awards, and even a little friendly competition (attendees enjoyed a slotcar racing competition that highlighted our theme of "speed up your business"). Sincere thanks to our sponsors Teradata (Platinum), Oracle (Gold & Evening) and Amorsys (Gold) as well as our presenters!
The conference provided the opportunity for arcplanners (as we fondly call ourselves) to share updates on our company vision, product development, and sales strategies with our partners. They discussed the new arcplan 7 BI platform, its roadmap, and how arcplan is continuing to stay ahead of trends in self-service, mobile, cloud, and collaborative BI. Our CEO, Roland Hölscher (pictured right), delivered an inspiring keynote on these topics and highlighted how arcplan enables customers and partners to simplify and accelerate decision-making by 1) easily connecting users with all relevant information sources, 2) providing integrated solutions for analyzing the past and planning for the future, and 3) making critical business insight available in real-time, anywhere on any device. In addition, he announced arcplan's support for SAP HANA with our latest version, solidifying us as the #1 BI front-end for SAP environments.
As for the other presentations at arc|platform, there were too many excellent ones to mention them all, but here's a few highlights: Martin Willcox, Director of Platform & Solution Marketing (EMEA) at Teradata, keynoted day 1 with a presentation called "Big Data and the Evolution of Business Analytics," emphasizing that digitized data and information are the new raw materials for competitive advantage. On day 2, Marie-Anne Neimat, VP Embedded Databases at Oracle, demo'd the Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, a solution for business processes that require ultra-fast response times and the highest throughput.
Attendees also heard from Rick Goldstein, President & CEO of US partner GPX Software, Hamza Amor, Founder of Moroccan partner Amorsys, and Marcus Heinzelmann, Senior Manager for Data Warehousing & BI at Horvath & Partners, on "arcplan Delivery In The Cloud." arcplan is “cloudy-ready,” which means that it's able to be deployed in the cloud as long as our customers are comfortable with that. Many of our partners offer cloud solutions built on arcplan technology and this session shed light on what they're doing. It's pretty exciting stuff, especially GPX's Xambrosius financial planning tool for business owners, accountants, bankers, and other individuals. As they call it, it’s "BI for the little guy." Our partners are taking arcplan beyond enterprise and department-level solutions with the cloud!
The arcplan Partner Awards rounded out the conference. Congratuations to SALT Solutions for winning the Business Development Award for expanding arcplan's market reach in Germany, our Korean partner Zalesia for taking home the Outstanding Innovation Award which recognizes them as the first partner to place an emphasis on mobile delivery of arcplan, and Ernst & Young for walking away with the Best-in-Class Award for successful international collaboration with arcplan over the last 12 months.
Thanks to everyone who attended – we're already looking forward to arc|platform 2013! In the meantime, save the date for arcplan's annual customer conference, arc|planet. It’s taking place on October 30-31 in Düsseldorf!
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