What's in store for a FOPM pro at Think 2018

FOPM professionals looking toward a packed agenda at Think 2018

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Senior Marketing Writer, IBM

Almost any kind of finance and operational performance management (FOPM) professional, from VPs of finance to analysts and others, can learn a lot at Think 2018.

Maybe you’re looking to learn new ways to get more value from your IBM solutions. Maybe you want to know what’s on the horizon in analytics, cloud and cognitive solutions, or the many practical applications that are in use right now at organizations just like yours.

Attendees can build skills and learn how to transform processes with the latest financial performance management solutions, all in the company of product experts and peers who face the same challenges day in and day out.

There are lots of events that you won’t want to miss. Fortunately, you can you plan your experience with Watson. Here are just a few activities you’ll have to choose from:

Planning Analytics Jam

Before the conference formally begins, all FOPM guests are invited to the Planning Analytics Jam on Sunday, 18 March. It’s a casual event where guests can network with fellow IBM TM1 and IBM Planning Analytics users, see detailed product roadmaps and provide feedback to the IBM Offering Management team.

Featured keynote sessions

Keynote addresses are where attendees will hear about thought-provoking topics from AI to quantum computing.

These are some sessions that FOPM professionals will especially want to hear:

  • “Empower Professionals across Your Enterprise to Make More Insight-Driven Decisions,” Tuesday, 20 March, 10:30 AM
  • “The Future of Finance: Innovations in Planning to Drive Better Business Performance,” Tuesday, 20 March, 3:30 PM
  • “GDPR: The Big Bang … from Big Data to Big Responsibility,” Wednesday, 21 March, 9:30 AM
  • “How Blockchain Will Radically Transform the Economy,” Wednesday, 21 March, 12:30 PM

Think tanks

Following each large theatre session, be sure to attend think tank sessions where you can meet one on one with subject matter experts and IBM thought leaders. You’ll see software demos, have the chance to discuss ideas from the keynotes in greater detail and ask questions about the challenges you face in your unique environment.

FOPM sessions and labs

Educational sessions are at the heart of Think 2018. The focus for FOPM attendees is IBM Planning Analytics, the planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis solution built on the in-memory calculation engine of IBM TM1.

The Think Academy Labs will give you a close-up look and hands-on experience with all that’s new in IBM Planning Analytics, including Workspace, Planning Analytics for Excel (the Microsoft Excel add-in), and innovative ways to analyze profitability and performance with Planning Analytics.

Tech talks

Tech talks are where you can gain insight into where IBM product development is headed and hear about the nuts-and-bolts details of doing things with your software that you never knew you could. These presentations will cover topics including:

  • “Using Hierarchies to Plan and Analyze Data”
  • “Transitioning Your Planning to the Cloud”
  • “Integrating IBM Cognos Analytics and IBM Planning Analytics”

Client stories

Learn how companies including Columbia Sportswear, Renault, T-Mobile and Werner are using IBM Planning Analytics to transform their planning and operational processes.

Executive one on ones

Think 2018 offers a unique opportunity to meet to share your ideas and concerns with a select number of IBM executives. Time slots are available throughout the week, but openings are limited, so please make a reservation.

$300 discount for Analytics University alumni

Did you attend Analytics University last fall? If so, you’ll receive a $300 discount when you register for Think 2018. Just use discount code: TK18AUA. There’s no deadline for using this discount.

A conference for everyone

Think 2018 is for any customer or IBM Business Partner looking to learn about the latest innovations in IBM Planning Analytics, as well as the rest of our business analytics product suite. Most important, you’ll learn how to get the maximum performance out of the software you already own.

Learn more or register today.

We hope to see you there.