The day began with an incredible welcome performance by the Mona Khan Dance Company—a Bollywood-themed dance troupe with unmatched quality and creative direction that had previously performed for President Obama.
Returning to the stage after the Awards Ceremony stage was NFL legend and Master of Ceremonies, Ahmad Rashad, who introduced the keynote speakers for the “The Platform Innovation Powering Connected Planning” address.
In the keynote, YY Lee, Anaplan Chief Strategy Officer, Sampath Gomatam, SVP of Product, described how Anaplan helps our exceptional customers discover the collaborative cycle of innovation that drives the evolution of the Connected Planning platform. They showcased new platform enhancements that empower decision-makers and harness planning intelligence to dramatically improve the economics of our clients’ enterprises.
Peter Smith, EVP of Global Supply Chain at Carter’s, and Claire Lord, UK Yield Head of Development and Delivery at Thomas Cook, joined Gomatam and Lee on stage to showcase their success stories with new platform features and approaches. They noted that as they better accounted for uncertainty and externalities, intelligent planning allowed for a greater variety of inputs to enter their Connected Planning process(es) and solution-specific optimization.
Other highlights from Day 2 of CPX included continued excitement and interest around Anaplan’s newly announced user experience. Brett Lukowicz, Director of Finance at Echo Global Logistics, explained, “On top of the existing value of the platform, we are excited for the new user experience (UX) to deliver increased efficiencies in our planning process by making it easier for our more than 100 users to actively engage in planning and collaborate in real time.”
Anaplan Navigator, an interactive knowledge hub for Connected Planning insight and resources, proved to be another CPX crowd-pleaser. CPX attendees returned to the Navigator booth on Day 2 to experience the new user tutorial website and get ‘hands-on’ with the clickable honeycomb effect. Used to navigate through the Connected Planning journey, the honeycomb effect helps businesses see the intricacies of planning throughout the enterprise.
If you’re interested in learning more about Navigator, access our video-rich site for insight and content you can quickly consume before enterprise-wide planning discussions. Navigate your way from high-level Connected Planning concepts to the best practices that can help drive implementation success.
In what seems like a blink of an eye, yet another successful Anaplan user conference has come to a close. But, not before we go out with a bang at the CPX 2019’s 1980’s-themed closing party, featuring the heralded 80’s cover band, Tainted Love. In true Anaplan fashion, we ended the evening with an epic party, delicious food and drink, and even more enjoyable conversations.
Until next year!