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What is FutureForum?

FutureForum continues to grow in popularity, frequently exceeding capacity. Our forums bring you up-to-date information regarding your IBM Planning & Analytics environments as well as complementing platforms that help bring different environments into a single view.

During the day you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the various business challenges and success you and your peers have encountered, and use these to develop proven best practices within your organisation.

Why attend?

  1. Learn from the experts

    Consultant-led sessions will guide you through the latest updates to Cognos & Planning Analytics technology – see the latest capabilities and what’s coming round the corner.

  2. 1-2-1 Consultant Surgeries

    Bring your technology questions to our 1-2-1 sessions. Speak directly to our specialist consultants about issues or queries affecting your business.

  3. Networking

    Break-out sessions and a roundtable provide the opportunity to learn from your peers; understand how other organisations are employing technology to benefit their business.

  4. World class speakers

    From cutting-edge technology providers to customer advocates, we’re proud to host a variety of international speakers at our FutureForums.

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Draft Agenda

08:30-09:15

Arrival & Breakfast

09:15-10:00

Welcome & Sempre Update

Neil Harvie, Sempre Analytics

10:00-10:45

Customer Journey
Geoff Forbes, Alexander Mann

Hear from our customer and discover the Cognos journey they have traveled, success and challenges and how they were overcome.

10:45-11:00

Break

+ pre-scheduled 1:1 Consultant Surgery sessions,

+ Spotlight Sessions: Sempre Help Desk & Licence Review hosted by Keiran Rice & Nick Patrick and Informatica 

11:00-12:00

Financial Planning Analytics Demonstration Roadmap
Catherine Wakelin, Sempre Analytics & Paul Prieto IBM

You will be taken through the latest functions and capabilities of Planning Analytics – See how far you could take your Cognos environment.

During the Roadmap session, you will be shown insight and an overview of the Planning Analytics Product Roadmap to give you a behind-the-scenes view into where IBM is taking Planing Analytics.  With rapid releases and evolving functionality, there’s a lot to look forward to.

12:00-13:00

What’s New with Cognos Analytics 11.1

Tom Clark, Sempre Analytics & Michael Peter IBM

You will be taken through the latest functions and capabilities of Cognos Analytics – See how far you could take your Cognos environment.

The Product Roadmap will give you behind-the-scenes insights into where IBM is taking Cognos Analytics.  With rapid releases and evolving functionality such as more powerful NLP in the assistant, powerful forecasting models on time series charts, improved Explore experience and custom charts, the future is very bright.

13:00-14:00

Lunch

+ pre-scheduled 1:1 Consultant Surgery sessions,

+ Spotlight Sessions: Sempre Help Desk & Licence Review hosted by Keiran Rice & Nick Patrick and Informatica

14:00-14:45

Customer Journey: Turning data to insights in a fraction of the time – Simon Short, IMI Precision Engineering

Talking through the steps he took to create a Cognos Centre of Excellence responsible for powering analytics across the company, Simon will reveal how you can use Cognos to go beyond visualisation to improve governance, boost profitability and transform your business’ data into actionable insights in a fraction of the time.

14:45-15:45

Round Table Introductions and Business Challenges

Sempre Analytics

Hear from your peers – lesson learned and challenges addressed, this is a great open room session into understanding what could help your organisation address bumps in the road and how your peers have already gone past the first hurdle.

15:45 – 15:30

Break

+ pre-scheduled 1:1 Consultant Surgery sessions,

+ Spotlight Sessions: Sempre Help Desk & Licence Review hosted by Keiran Rice & Nick Patrick and Informatica

15:30 – 16:30

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
James Dening, Automation Anywhere & Neil Harvie, Sempre Analytics

Is your organisation ready for automation?  Discover how to build a world-class Intelligent Digital Workforce.

16:30 – 16:45

Round-up and Close followed by Networking Drinks
Nick Patrick, Sempre Analytics

Speakers

Neil Harvie

Co-Founder & Director, Sempre Analytics

Neil has been helping organisations uncover valuable insight from their data for approaching 20 years. He co-founded Sempre in 2011 with a vision of building an organisation which provides our customers with a highly skilled team with the industry knowledge to back-up up their undoubted technical knowledge.

Geoff Forbes

Alexander Mann

Geoff is a qualified Accountant with 3 years’ experience in management accounts, financial reporting, and international accounting.  As part of the management accounts team, Geoff has developed solutions for new business process and software, has developed software interfaces and maintained a wide variety of financial systems in over 25 countries.

Dedicated to finding solutions to complex problems in the system and process design, Geoff specialises in Cognos Planning and Analyst, Sun Accounts, SQL.

Catherine Wakelin

Planning Practice Manager, Sempre Analytics

Having started her career as a management accountant, Catherine later sidestepped into the more dynamic world of planning software, and now has the honor of being an IBM Champion.

With over 20 years’ experience in planning and forecasting software (Planning Analytics/TM1, Cognos Planning, Anaplan), she has worked to create a variety of solutions using both financial and operational data across many industries.

Paul Prieto

European SAAS Technical Leader and Specialty Architect, IBM

Executive IT Specialist in the European Analytics division at IBM. Over 19 years of experience in the IT industry with a special focus on Analytics. During his career, Paul took on various roles ranging from technical account management for large financial organizations to his current assignment leading the technical strategy and execution for Analytics SaaS solutions at IBM Europe. Paul is currently a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and Chartered IT Professional. Paul enjoys being a mentor, writing, and teaching.

Tom Clark

Analytics Practice Manager, Sempre Analytics

Analytics Practice Manager, Tom works with customers to map the delivery of strategic vision, using achievable milestones to ensure tangible value at each step. His background spans many industries, and he has over 13 years’ experience delivering and managing projects at the highest level. (Planning Analytics/TM1, Cognos Planning, Anaplan), she has worked to create a variety of solutions using both financial and operational data across many industries.

Michael Peter

Sr, Offering Manager - Ecosystem Growth & Strategy, IBM

With over 20 years of technical sales experience with Cognos and IBM, Michael has a deep understanding of the BI marketplace. Building on his varied roles as a field seller, competitive analyst, demo designer and new product evangelist he now focuses on strengthening IBM’s partner ecosystem for the entire analytics portfolio.

Simon Short

CDO / Head of Business Intelligence at IMI Precision

Simon is an Accredited CDO/BI & Data Leader; project management and development of Data Warehouses, Data Lakes, Business Intelligence platforms, MDM, Performance Management Systems, predictive analytic solutions and Business Intelligence & Data strategies; Planning, BI and Balanced Scorecarding across many sectors: FMCG, Manufacturing, Govt Services, Distribution, Logistics, Facilities, Technology, Chemicals, Retail.

James Dening

VP & Digital Worker Evangelist, Automation Anywhere

Commercial leader, with a passion for combining effective data management with building and empowering strong business teams.  With proven results in business growth of >40% year on year across a number of industries.

Having set up the European operation for Automation Anywhere – the world’s largest software automation company – revenue has increased by more than 2x year on year, this included building a team of over 200 people across Europe in sales, marketing, partner management, partner enablement, HR, talent acquisition, finance, legal and much more.

In his Evangelist role, Dening provides leadership regionally; duties include investor relationships and support.

Specialities: General leadership, sales, and marketing management, eCommerce/direct sales, strategic sales, online marketing business planning, sales & sales management training.

Nick Patrick

Co-Founder & Director, Sempre Analytics

Co-founder of Sempre, Nick has spent over a decade working with businesses to understand strategic goals and identify process pains.  Nick brings with him the experience of hundreds of customer implementations, innovative solutions and performance improvements.

Book a 1-2-1 slot with a Sempre expert

Bring your technology or business process questions to our 1-2-1 consulting sessions. Speak directly to our specialist consultants about issues or queries affecting your business.

Attendees have used 1-2-1 sessions to help with strategic decisions such as: reviewing and assistance with data strategies, high-level model design considerations; as well as more technical topics such as where to start with poor performing systems, data collection and data integration.

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"An enjoyable and informative day. Really useful as a way of gaining a rapid insight / update on planning and analytics applications. Thanks!"

David Smith, Commercial Finance Manager, Brewers Decorator Centres

“The thing I always take away from these events is how other companies are using the products and the discussions around the implementation process, business benefits, drawbacks etc.”

Andrew Insch, Director FP&A, Casual Dining Group

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The May Fair Hotel,
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