Adaptive Live 2015: A Review of the Most Productive Conference I’ve Attended in 20 Years

Guest blog by Chris Mirras, CPM SaaS Solutions Architect, Demand Solutions Group.

Adaptive Insights, cpm software, corporate performance management, business intelligence, financial planning, financial budgets, financial reporting,The Adaptive Live User Conference is renowned for providing useful, actionable information to attendees, and this year’s conference, held Apr. 20 – 23 in San Jose, did not disappoint.

Valuable Insights, Direct from the Chairman

For me, one of the highlights was hearing Rob Hull, founder and chairman of Adaptive Insights, speak during the “Adaptive Using Adaptive” session. The knowledge he shared offered a great foundation for a complete CPM vision for a technology company. He was articulate, candid, and very open to questions from the group.

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Adaptive Insights has proven to be an extremely effective partner in providing technology, partner channel, and business process support. It’s very apparent that client and partner support are clear priorities throughout Adaptive, as demonstrated by the founder and C-level executives to customer service staff and solution architects.

Straight Talk from Current Users

The client interviews were insightful and provided an inside view of Corporate Performance Management from operations, finance, and IT. The interviews didn’t contain any hyperbole, extreme fanfare, or unrealistic and outrageous stories of implementations—just great facts about the value of performance management. Clients and partners were very interested in a CPM road-map, and Adaptive Insights truly delivered.

Adaptive Insights is moving away from its old reputation as an interim or divisional budgeting application and has now grown into a true enterprise CPM solution. Now, Adaptive Insights has successfully transitioned from budgeting implementations to full enterprise forecasting sheets, multidimensional reporting, dashboards with discovery, OfficeConnect (for those of us who simply have to have our Microsoft Office add-ins), and data integration. Each discipline has a great team behind it, with product managers who understand technology, finance, and operations.

Educational Sessions for Veterans and Newbies Alike

Adaptive Live delivered useful answers for both veteran users of the Adaptive Insights cloud CPM suite, and those considering the solution for their CPM needs. The conference included sessions such as Fundamentals of Formula Writing, Building your First Dashboard, and Advanced Tips and Tricks for Adaptive’s Built-In Reporting. There were also vertical solution sessions for beginners, sessions detailing solutions specific to financial operations, and information about advanced modeling techniques for the veteran modelers. After 20 years of attending user conferences, I can truly say that Adaptive Live was the most productive conference I’ve attended. I am already looking forward to attending Adaptive Live in 2016.

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Luckily, you don’t have to wait until next year’s user conference to find out how Adaptive Insights’ cloud-based Corporate Performance Management and BI solution can transform your planning and forecasting efforts into actionable business insight.

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The original version of this post appeared on the Demand Solutions Group blog.

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