Recap of Ventana Research’s Technology Innovation Awards: Understanding the New Generation of Business Planning


Ventana-Research-AwardI recently attended the Ventana Research Technology Innovation Awards that were held in October. The the awards distinguish pioneers that have developed clear visionary and transformative technology.

On behalf of Kinaxis, I was proud to accept the Technology Innovation award in the category of Operational Leadership. In our recent news release on the win, Trevor Miles said the following:

“The operational core of a business is its supply chain. With Kinaxis, our customers are achieving true performance breakthroughs by being able to more effectively and efficiently orchestrate efforts across supply chain functions, departments and company lines,” said Trevor Miles, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Kinaxis. “We are very proud to receive the award from Ventana given their acute focus on the business value provided by technology systems. Winning the Operational Leadership award is a respected validation of our product and technology approach.”

Did you miss the summit? Good news… I’d like to share my presentation slides from the panel discussion as well as the link for your complimentary access to Ventana Research’s recorded sessions and presentations.

Understanding the New Generation of Business Planning
Folia Grace, VP Product Marketing – Anaplan
Paul Giardina, VP Marketing – Tagetik
Moderator: Robert Kugel, CFA, SVP & Research Director

Planning may be the task that most business executives dread. It’s hardly an engaging process and often seems not to be aligned with the goals and activities that seem to matter the most. Worse, the technology used to perform planning doesn’t work very well. But planning is important; organizations need to know across every line of business what is being planned and the associated costs, headcount needed and potential outcomes. Thankfully, planning is in the process of changing, with a new generation of technologies emerging that reside in the cloud and rely on collaboration and mobile technology to make planning processes easier and more engaging. While the fundamentals remain largely the same, the need for more flexible modeling and analytics has resulted in tools that are more sophisticated and easier to use. All of which allows for more time to plan and collaborate among management and managers on reaching their full potential. This new generation of business planning software makes it possible for organizations to plan effectively for what they need but most importantly make sure that they gain value from the process and technology used.

The presentations and panel will examine the changes in planning applications markets and the ways in which systems are becoming simpler and more aligned to the business processes that organizations depend on the most.




CJ joined Kinaxis in 2013 with the responsibility to guide the company’s industry strategy within the high tech vertical.

With extensive experience, both as a supply chain practitioner and an industry research analyst, CJ serves as a strategic advisor to the company, while also supporting global field teams and working with prospects and customers as they define and pursue supply chain excellence strategies.

C.J. Wehlage has over twenty three years of industry experience as a supply chain professional, researcher, and technologist. Before joining Kinaxis, he was VP of High Tech Sales at Jonova, and prior to that, VP of Supply Chain at Sony Electronics. CJ was also ran the High Tech Practice at AMR Research, responsible for supply chain best practice research & thought leadership in the high tech industry. In addition, Wehlage has held leadership roles at EMC, where he was responsible for S&OP, Manufacturing M&A, Supply Chain IT, and Lean design; Bose, where he led a large scale ERP integration, and Apple, where he led Pacific Operations & WW Desktop Planning. C.J. has also served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, APICS CSCP, Six Sigma Black Belt, and a frequent speaker at supply chain conferences.

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