It's conference season at arcplan! Though we hold smaller arc|planet events in other countries, like Korea and the upcoming BeNeLux conference, the big kahuna is our annual German users conference, held last week at the Park Inn in Kaarst, Germany. Around 200 attendees including customers, prospects and partners showed up for the two-day event – a mix of more than 20 presentations from business intelligence experts and arcplan customers, break-outs, networking and of course, a little fun.
We must thank our ten arc|planet 2012 partner sponsors – and most especially Ernst & Young as our main event sponsor – for working with us to enable this great conference!
Keynotes and Featured Presentations
Wojtek Czyz kicked things off with a keynote called "Everything's Possible." Mr. Czyz lost his lower left leg in 2001 when he was an aspiring soccer player and turned that setback into Paralympics Gold and Silver medals in Athens, Beijing, and London. He gave us insight into his life and success, inspiring us all to have confidence and believe that a combination of willpower and determination can make anything work.
Our own CEO Roland Hölscher delivered a keynote on the theme of the conference, "It simply works," a message we saw fit to be our company tagline and one that describes our drive for simplicity in the arcplan platform. Mr. Hölscher also provided a brief preview of our next major release (code named "Xenon"), which maintains the concept of simplicity yet provides an even more improved user experience across multiple applications, including mobile devices.
Dr. Justus Marquardt from Ernst & Young delivered a presentation on establishing a Reporting Center of Excellence. It focused on how the finance department can take the lead in helping the entire organization see the benefits of improved BI and reporting. As organizations become more global and complex, there is an even greater need to collaborate and share best practices, and better leverage BI investments and expertise throughout the enterprise. Connecting data from sources across the company in a flexible BI tool generates sustainable benefits for many departments. Dr. Marquardt recognized arcplan as a reporting platform that supports connectivity to multiple data sources and goes a long way to helping companies establish their own Reporting Center of Excellence.
In his presentation entitled "Do More With Your (Big) Data," Martin Willcox, Director of Product and Solutions Marketing EMEA at Teradata, provided insight on the history of big data and its relevance to decision-making. Mr. Willcox explained that organizations can extract signiﬁcant value from big data when teams move from the analysis of transactions to the analysis of interactions, and that because of the new focus on big data at organizations, a "Uniﬁed Big Data Architecture," where BI & analytics tools (like arcplan) and Data Warehouses (like Teradata) work together, is more important than ever.
Break-Outs & Roundtables
To give attendees the opportunity to control their own content at the conference, we offered 4 tracks in addition to the keynotes and featured presentations. Customers, partners, and arcplan staff ran these sessions, which ranged from "meet the expert" break-outs on self-service reporting, budgeting and planning, and responsive design to customer presentations from Deutsche Telekom, BSH Bosch Siemens Home Appliances and Bayer Business Services on their arcplan applications. Our partners also led sessions with excellent take-aways, like b.telligent's presentation on high-performance reporting with SAP BW and arcplan, Selbach Information System's presentation on user interface design for desktop and mobile BI applications, and Horvath & Partner's presentation on best practices for cloud BI implementations.
All presentations and break-outs were well-received and attendees offered positive feedback, learning a lot from their peers and industry experts.
In true arcplan style, we held a Halloween party on the evening of the first day with live entertainment. Participants enjoyed food, dancing and networking, and were entertained with fire-eating and capoeira performances! Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music and the dancers were truly entertaining.
Sincere thanks to all our presenters and attendees for making this another successful conference. See you next year!
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