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The finance professional’s guide to IBM Insight 2015

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According to Fortune magazine, disruptive technology has begun transforming every aspect of business. Finance has certainly been no exception—just look at how financial apps and enterprise solutions are driving change in finance and empowering the finance function.

Be at the center of the financial technology conversation

IBM Insight 2015 offers finance professionals a front-row seat to see the technologies that are reshaping business. For three days in Las Vegas, join some of the world’s smartest and best-connected finance professionals, influencers and technology experts, all in one place.

Be sure to check out the various sessions scheduled for Insight, but don’t let their sheer number overwhelm you. Ask yourself two things: what you want to see and what you have to see. Then look no farther for help navigating the wealth of offerings at Insight 2015. Instead, read on for a brief guide to sessions that might interest you, as well as to discover some conference best practices and hints that can help you make the most of your Insight 2015 experience.

Hit the ground running each day

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Come to the Mandalay Bay Event Center early each morning to grab some coffee and check out the general sessions, which begin at 8:30 AM. They’re a great way to kickstart your conference day.

  • Monday
    Leave No Problem Unsolved: Transform Your Industry
     
  • Tuesday
    Run Your Perfect Race: Empower Yourself
     
  • Wednesday
    Make Your Mark: Disrupt Your Marketplace

Before you start penciling in your schedule, though, make sure you save time for the keynote addresses:

  • Monday, 10:30 AM
    Why Your Strategy Doesn’t Work Anymore: Digital Reinvention Lessons from the C-suite
     
  • Monday, 2:30 PM
    Meaningful Insights—Right-Time Action—Opportunity Realized

But these sessions are only the beginning. With so much waiting for you at Insight, you’ll want to be prepared in both mind and body. Are you planning to attend wearing a new pair of loafers? Are the heels of your shoes unsustainably tall? Leave your uncomfortable footgear in your hotel room. Save it for evening socializing with your industry peers, and your body will thank you.

For socialize you will. IBM Insight helps create some of the best networking opportunities available, allowing you to swap experiences and insights with leaders in your industry in a convivial environment. Make the most of the networking opportunities you’ll have at Insight—and don’t forget your business cards, whether physical or virtual.

Pick the sessions that are right for you

At Insight 2015, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a wide range of sessions relating to finance. For a comprehensive look, check out the complete list of Insight 2015 sessions, but to learn more about sessions that will focus on finance, take a look at the following descriptions to help you get started.

Use IBM Planning Analytics to connect with the technology you need:

  • APM-4153: Introducing IBM Planning Analytics
    IBM Planning Analytics is a comprehensive, flexible and easy-to-use planning and analytics cloud solution that can help you boost efficiency, provide foresight and steer business performance. Discover how this workspace helps users synthesize information, identify trends and deliver insights.

Meet IBM experts to get the answers you need:

  • APM-4159: Meet the Experts: Integrating IBM Cognos TM1 with BI and SPSS
    Product experts will be on hand to informally answer your questions about integrating IBM Cognos TM1 with BI and SPSS. Discover what best practices and techniques you can use to extend your solution implementations.

  • APM-4157: Meet the Experts: Understanding Self Serve Planning and Analysis
    Ask product management experts about the next-generation planning and analytics solution that provides business user self-service capabilities within an agile, easy-to-use workspace.

Discover real-world customer experiences that can help your business:

  • APM-4042: IBM Planning Analytics at Arizona State University Foundation
    Hear the story of the Arizona State University Foundation, charged to ensure the success of Arizona State University by determining the motivations and aspirations of investors and aligning them with the mission of the university.

  • APM-2855: Apria Healthcare Case Study: Transformation to IBM TM1 Cloud
    Through its two business units, Apria Healthcare Group provides home oxygen therapy, sleep apnea products and services, home infusion therapy, enteral nutrition, negative pressure wound therapy and home medical equipment from approximately 500 locations in the US. Learn how Apria Healthcare left Excel-based planning behind to become a leading edge cloud provider and eventually ended up on the IBM cloud.

Get a sneak peek at the latest technology:

  • APM-3205: Breaking through the Speed Barriers with Cognos TM1 and Intel
    Learn how IBM and Intel are working together to provide unprecedented performance gains with the latest versions of IBM Cognos TM1 Server and Intel Xeon.

  • APM-3176: Tour IBM Performance Blueprints: Accelerate Time to Value
    Hear how IBM Performance Blueprints can help you accelerate performance enablement across your company, and discover how pre-configured planning, reporting and analysis models, together with sample data, can give you a vision of what is possible and help you shorten design cycles and accelerate time to value.

To discover more sessions that might interest you, use IBM Event Connect to search by topic, speaker, session type, industry, day, time or keyword. When you’ve found what you’re looking for, build your own Insight agenda. Be sure to leave time for the Solution EXPO, the biggest and most comprehensive Insight showcase ever. And don’t miss the special events—including a concert by Maroon 5.

All this and more will be waiting for you at IBM Insight 2015, scheduled for 25–29 October, 2015, in Las Vegas. If you can’t make it to Insight, then share the Insight experience virtually by using IBMGO to stream some of the most essential sessions from this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you there!