Guest post from Michael Meisenheimer, SPM Industry Solutions, IBM Business Analytics
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Vision 2013 in the books, having brought together more than 1,200 participants from sales operations, incentive compensation, finance and risk to learn, share best practices, network and have some fun. We were thrilled that people from across different industries, company sizes and locations (record for the longest journey? Sydney to Orlando!) found common purpose in their goals of driving growth, managing risk and optimizing performance.
Over three days we heard from some outstanding keynote speakers like Les Rechan, General Manager IBM Business Analytics and Jim Kavanaugh, Vice President and Controller, IBM. The special sales performance management event Monday evening brought with it a night of mystery, as our special guests read palms, told fortunes and entertained the attendees with magic.
Kicking off day two, Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr., Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Former Chairman and CEO of Baxter International talked about the impact values-based leaders can have on the organization when they "do the right thing". We also heard from Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s First African-American Female Combat Pilot. Vernice used her personal journey to encourage the audience to create breakthroughs in their own lives.
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the customer speakers that shared their stories. The conference participants receive a tremendous amount of value from these sessions. I’d also like to thank our partners who supported Vision; without you we wouldn’t have been able to put together such a successful event.
Market leading new products and product enhancements. Best practices from customers, industry experts and IBM team members. Making new connections and networking. By themselves these three things made for a memorable week. But let’s be honest; a private evening at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios provided the icing on the cake.
Again, thanks to everyone who attended, spoke at and supported Vision 2013. And with this year’s event coming to a close, now is the time to mark your calendars for next year. For Vision 2014 we’ll be back in Orlando May 18 – 22.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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If you missed the livestream, listen to the recorded Vision 2013 keynote sessions.