Well, Kinexions 2015 is in the books and the second and final day was just as great as the first. There was a ton more laughter and learning – a common theme across all of the sessions. After listening to so many presenters, chatting with numerous customers, partners and prospects, and seeing our team pull together to put on an amazing event, it was difficult to choose just three best moments.
I can’t re-cap everything that happened over the past two days (stay tuned for a lot more blogs on the supply chain themes that emerged), but here’s what stood out the most for me on day two.
#3. Keynote speaker Gary Hanifan. His presentation, “Is You Supply Chain a Growth Engine?” explored so many interesting concepts around leveraging digital technologies to help distinguish your supply chain from your competitors. The future of digital strategy and this emerging concept of a digital supply network certainly looks like it will be the death of the linear supply chain model.
#2. Schneider Electric’s on-stage selfie. Schneider Electric’s Supply Chain Global Planning Vice President, Francois Martin-Festa took to the stage in a snappy suit and talked about end-to-end supply chain strategy. He spoke on collaboration and certainly took his own words to heart when he collaborated with our own Bill DuBois, host of the Late Late Supply Chain Show here at Kinexions, and captured a great moment with one of the selfie sticks we’d given out the night before at our fantastic customer appreciation dinner.
#1. The introduction of Sarah Sedgman and Ed Shepherdson. Sarah, our new Chief Knowledge Officer, and Ed Shepherdson, our new Senior VP of Customer Success Operations, have been great sports during the entire conference, and landed themselves in some entertaining videos. But when they took the stage to help close out the conference it gave everyone in the audience a glimpse into where Kinaxis is headed. With a strong focus on knowledge and customer success, we’re continuing to move in a direction that’s going to see us develop stronger relationships with our customers, help them drive value through deeper adoption, and take steps to ensure everyone – customers, partners and staff – succeed.
All in all, the conference was a hit! People were excited to share knowledge and collaborate on ways to design and redesign supply chain processes for improvement. With the great experiences I’ve had the past few days at this conference, I can only imagine what next year’s conference has in store. I hope to see you all in Nashville for Kinexions ’16.