Vision 2016

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May 9-11, 2016
Orlando, Florida | Bonnet Creek

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Guest Speakers

Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha

Entrepreneur and Author of "The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career"

David Haase

David Haase

Four-time Race Across America Competitor and Three-Time Top American Finisher

Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg

Professor and Author of "How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking"

Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries

Author and Keynote Speaker

Dr. Steve Morlidge

Dr. Steve Morlidge

Director, Satori Partners

Steve Player

Steve Player

North American Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table

General Sessions

Day 1: A New Way to Adapt

Mark Jeffries, Author and Keynote Speaker
Dr. Steve Morlidge, Director, Satori Partners
Steve Player, North American Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table
Alistair Rennie, General Manager, IBM Analytics
Elizabeth Evans, Manager, Sales Compensation, United Rentals
Ben Casnocha, Entrepreneur and Author of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Monday, May 18th
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Business as usual is not an option. The world of business is becoming increasingly complex and the information around us is exploding. In the face of complexity, organizations that distribute responsibility to the front line and enable these employees are more effectively able to adapt to market conditions. To succeed in this environment, analytic champions must adopt an entrepreneurial mindset that will enable them to be a powerful force of change within their organization. Join Alistair Rennie, General Manager, IBM Analytics, and world-class speakers and authors on a journey to explore how you can create a more adaptive organization through the strategic application of analytics by removing latency and empowering everyone in the organization, from the top to the bottom.

Day 2: A New Way to Know

Mark Jeffries, Author and Keynote Speaker
Mark Lack, Manager, Strategy Analytics & Business Intelligence, Mueller, Inc.
Hari Krishna, Head of Business Intelligence, Big Data, Data Management and Planning Services, Merial
Erin Hauswirth, Data Scientist, Predictive Analytics, Jabil
David Haase, Four-time Race Across America Competitor and Three-Time Top American Finisher
Alexa Swainson, Vice President, Watson Products, IBM
Marc Altshuller, Vice President, Watson Analytics, IBM
Jordan Ellenberg, Professor and Author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Tuesday, May 19th
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Your journey to analytic maturity begins with innovation. In this session, you will hear from world-renowned speakers, authors and executives to understand how an analytics-rich information ecosystem can transform your ability to know. We'll show you how to put analytics into action and unlock key insights by harnessing big data and cognitive technology with IBM Watson Analytics. Discover how IBM is investing in a broad range of analytic solutions to power the smarter enterprise with data-driven knowledge. And hear from client panel members, who will reveal how they are using analytics solutions in their organizations.


Making the Jump: Transforming Performance Management from a Tactical requirement to a Strategic Advantage

Topic: Financial and Operational Performance Management

What separates the best of the best performance management users from the rest of the pack? It’s their ability to take performance management from being something we “have to do” to an activity that makes a strategic difference in a company’s success. Join us to learn what these top performing organizations are doing to achieve strategic advantage, and see how they are leveraging the cloud, and predictive insights to get a leg up on their competition.

The evolving GRC landscape: A path forward

Topic: Governance, Risk and Compliance

The role of Governance, Risk and Compliance is expanding rapidly. Regulators are demanding unprecedented levels of transparency and reporting, cyber attacks and instances of fraud are at an all-time high. At the same time, a growing emphasis on the needs of business users means that usability and usefulness are critical for risk solutions. A holistic view of risk is needed more than ever, with governance embedded into the corporate culture and actionable, intuitive risk intelligence available to all decision makers. Join us to learn about these shifts from industry experts and IBM clients alike, and experience the latest innovations in the IBM OpenPages platform and Smarter Risk solutions from IBM, including new integration points with broader capabilities such as IBM Security solutions and Watson.

Maximize Outcomes Through Smarter Sales Performance

Topic: Sales Performance Management

Evolving sales models, new ways of working, and performance demands caused by data volumes have all increased the need for sales operations and compensation teams to change how they look at Sales Performance Management (SPM). Join us in this keynote session to hear how other SPM customers have leveraged the technology to drive growth and efficiencies – and are gearing up to move to a level that is much more insight-focused. Hear from IBM leaders how the SPM product roadmap and other supporting investments are laying the groundwork for driving increased effectiveness in your businesses. Come away with a new and refreshed sense for what you can do to prepare your organization to maximize outcomes through smarter sales performance.

Host Speaker: Mark Jeffries

Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author, meeting host and keynote speaker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He speaks at and moderates conferences, summits, sales meetings, user forums and conventions all over the world for clients including IBM, Ernst & Young, SAS, HP, Zurich Insurance, Gartner, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Canada, Deltek & Bank of America.

With his depth of event experience, many of Mark’s clients now also use him as an event consultant, working alongside the production team to create an event with audience appeal, a memorable impact and an effective message.

Dividing his time between The United States, Canada and Europe, Mark’s ideas, inspiration and guidance are sought across virtually all industries.

As an economist, former stockbroker and TV host, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the events he speaks at and facilitates.

A true all-rounder Mark is an entertaining and experienced ‘MC’, an incisive and knowledgeable facilitator able to quickly master the intricacies of business within any industry and a popular speaker with a “hugely entertaining” and “immensely practical keynote entitled “The Art of Business Influence – Selling without Selling”.

Guest Speaker: Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the bestselling guide to the new world of work.

Ben is also a technology entrepreneur and executive. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14 and incubates startups at Wasabi Ventures. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn.

BusinessWeek named Ben “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” He’s been featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and in The Economist. Human Resources magazine named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for the year 2015.

Ben has led inspiring conversations about the future of work, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking with large audiences in more than a dozen countries around the world.

Guest Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What’s the best way to get rich playing the lottery? In his "refreshingly lucid" (New York Times) bestseller How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how math touches everything we do, in the same way that Freakonomics brought economics into the popular discourse. He unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts math’s power in our hands—in business and in life.

Math, as Jordan Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” Math helps every kind of thinker think better—it hones our intuition, sharpens our judgment, tames uncertainty, and lets us see the deeper structure and logic of our world. The Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ellenberg is the author of two books: How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, and The Grasshopper King, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.

Ellenberg has held an NSF-CAREER grant and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and in 2013 he was named one of the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, The Believer, and the Boston Globe, and he is the author of the “Do the Math” column in Slate. His Wired feature story on compressed sensing appeared in the Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 anthology.

Guest Speaker: Steve Player

Steve Player serves as the North America Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) and works with BBRT member companies to implement continuous planning processes. He has over 30 years experience with improving performance management and implementing strategic planning processes. He is also the Managing Director of Beyond EPS Advisors, a Business consulting firm, and founder of ABM SMART.

He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. He writes the “Finance Transformation” column for Business Finance Magazine featuring CFO interviews from leading organizations on innovative finance and planning processes.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Morlidge

Steve is a Visiting Fellow with the Centre for Business Performance. He is an accountant by background and has 25 years of practical experience in senior operational roles in Unilever, designing, and running performance management systems. He also spent 3 years leading a global change project in Unilever. He is a former Chairman of the European Beyond Budgeting Round Table and now works as an independent consultant for a range of major companies, specializing in helping companies break out of traditional, top down ‘command and control’ management practice.

He has recently published ‘Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting’ (John Wiley 2010), and has a PhD in Organisational Cybernetics at Hull Business School. He also cofounder of Catchbull, a supplier of forecasting performance management software.

He is regularly engaged as a public speaker, drawing on his years of experience at the leading edge of performance management thought and practice.

Guest Speaker: David Haase

Four-time Race Across America Competitor and Three-Time Top American Finisher.

Dave Haase, ultracyclist, elite endurance athlete and Attitude Sports Inc. owner, is a man with a mission. He is a three-time, top-American finisher in the toughest bicycle road race in the world—the non-stop 3,000 mile Race Across America (RAAM). This June, Dave goes all-out for another run at the RAAM championship, from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. But this time, Dave has the power of IBM in his corner. With help from IBM Analytics, Dave is using real-time data and advanced analytics to optimize his training, recovery, and race strategy.