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arc|twenty Recap: Our 20th Anniversary User & Partner Conference


20 cakeThings are starting to get back to normal after last week’s landmark arc|twenty conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. I can finally catch my breath and think back on the awesome event we just held and all the customers and partners we learned from.

We normally call our annual conference arc|planet, but with it being arcplan’s 20th anniversary we decided to mix it up a bit and call it arc|twenty. On October 1st and 2nd, we hosted 250 international participants at the Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf, where everyone gathered for “Information & Celebration” – an apt theme this year as we soaked up information from BI industry experts as much as we celebrated our birthday and the launch of our newest platform release, arcplan 8.

Keynotes and Customer Presentations

Paul Warren from Mars kicked things off on Day 1. He covered the challenges Mars faced when trying to provide centralized, flexible reporting on their complex infrastructure, and how arcplan helped solve the problem.

Hoelscher_Keynote_smOur CEO Roland Hölscher then gave a keynote called “Driving Business Analytics – Past, Present, Future,” a look back at BI 20 years ago when arcplan was founded as a bridge between IT and business leaders. From my perspective, seeing arcplan’s original product “inSight” on a floppy disk was pretty mind-blowing. He covered our history of innovation and really surprised some of the attendees who didn’t know that way back in 1994, arcplan was the first vendor to offer real-time access to many data sources and the first vendor with a visual designer for creating reports and other BI content.

Our CTO Hans Peter Wolff gave everyone an exclusive look at the new features of arcplan 8, particularly Responsive Design with HTML5, or what we call DORA (Design Once, Run Anywhere). He was followed over the next 2 days by more than 30 top-notch presentations by business intelligence experts, arcplan customers and partners, and the arcplan development team. A few highlights included…

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arc|planet 2012 Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow


Our annual user conference, arc|planet 2012, is fast approaching. We hope German-speaking arcplan users, developers, partners, and guests will join us at the Park Inn in Düsseldorf/Kaarst on October 30th and 31st for 2 days of presentations, networking, and of course, a little fun. By registering this week, attendees will save 30% off the conference price, making this one-of-a-kind event only 546 €.

This year’s theme echos arcplan’s tagline, “It simply works.” Participants will hear more than 20 talks on the latest business intelligence and planning innovations and trends, including mobile BI and big data, from arcplan customers and industry experts.  The conference will open with a unique keynote speech by Paralympics athlete Wojtek Czyz. In his address, “Everything’s Possible,” the winner of several gold medals in Athens and Beijing will inspire attendees with a talk about personal challenges and how to overcome them. Also speaking are Martin Wilcox, Director of Product & Solution Marketing EMEA at Teradata, who will discuss how to “Do More With Your (Big) Data,” as well as representatives from Daimler AG, B|S|H, Hailo, Ineos, the Elster Group, Scout 24 and Deutsche Telekom.

Rounding out the conference will be presentations on the latest updates to our product suite and our roadmap led by arcplan experts.

An exciting addition to this year’s line-up is a presentation by the 2012 arc|ademy BI Challenge winners, who will present their arcplan solutions to the public for the first time.

In parallel to the main arc|planet program, there will also be an exhibition featuring the solutions and products of arcplan partners (and arc|planet sponsors) antares, b.telligent, Braincourt, Ernst & Young, Partake Consulting, SALT Solutions, Selbach Information Systems, Synaxus BI Solutions, TDWI Europe and Teradata.

Hope to see you at arc|planet! Register here >>

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Event Recap: arc|planet & arc|platform 2011


We just wrapped up our annual partner conference, arc|platform, and our annual user conference, arc|planet, which both took place in Dusseldorf, Germany last week. More than 300 arcplan aficionados from around the world came together for these events, making them the largest conferences in our company’s history! Click here to see pictures from the events.

Customers, partners, analysts, and industry experts gathered with the arcplan team to get insight into our vision, strategy and products. We demo’d our latest innovations, including arcplan Mobile and arcplan Engage, our next-generation BI search and collaboration tool. We thought this blog would be the place to thank all of our speakers and to share some of what was presented.

A Multitude of Best Practice Presentations Over 3 Days

In more than 25 keynotes, expert sessions, workshops, and best practice presentations, analysts, customer representatives, and arcplan experts showcased how arcplan software has helped create best-of-breed BI solutions.

Among the sessions were Daimler and Merck, which introduced their arcplan-based mobile BI solutions to an excited audience. Our partners Deloitte and Ernst & Young presented best practice customer solutions for real estate management and integrated reporting based on arcplan software. Logistics supplier Hermes provided insight into their daily use of arcplan BI.


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