Yes, it’s another arc|planet recap – we held 3 in 2012. This time I’m spotlighting the arcplan user event we hosted in The Netherlands on November 21st. We invited arcplanners to gather at Stadskasteel Ouaden, a historic castle in Utrecht with a brewery on-site (this comes in handy later!). Thanks to our partners and sponsors Ernst & Young and Sapindigo, we had a successful day of networking and education with arcplan users in the region.
We had a packed agenda for this one-day event. Our CEO Roland Hölscher kicked things off with an inspirational keynote on innovation. He covered why it’s a top priority for arcplan* and what new ideas we’ve brought to the market in the last few years, including the integration of social media concepts into BI (via arcplan Engage), cross-platform mobile BI (via arcplan Mobile), and cross-platform data exploration and ad-hoc analysis (via arcplan Spotlight).
Other presentations included an update on what’s new in arcplan 7.5, an overview of the latest and greatest features in arcplan Edge, our budgeting, planning and forecasting solution, as well as an introduction to arcplan Mobile. Attendees also got an exclusive look at arcplan’s next major release in 2013, code named Xenon.
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.