February 7 by Eric Dreshfield
Apttus Accelerate: It’s the Quote-to-Cash event of the year. It brings together thought leaders, achievers and innovators all in one location for some amazing learning and sharing, and some fun. 2016 was my first time attending Apttus Accelerate, and I got to see it from the inside looking out. Leading up to Accelerate was quite fascinating. As part of the team organizing the event, I had the privilege of helping identify potential speakers for sessions in the Salesforce Dreamin’ track. That was a lot of fun, but what I enjoyed even more, was being able to be at the event to feel the vibe, interact with customers and speakers, and learn even more about Apttus, and there is more than just Quote-to-Cash! I asked a few people who attended last year about the event about what they learned from attending. Here’s what they had to say.
Brendan Conroy, Senior Salesforce Consultant, MondayCall Solutions – Accelerate has a great atmosphere for learning and connecting, with a fun feel. There were even food trucks there and a mini-arcade – two great places for conversation and sharing!
Linda Chuan, Senior Director, Global Strategic Sourcing, Salesforce – With so many thought leaders and different brands in one place, it’s a really effective place to share your message, gain new perspective, and grow your network.
Geraldine Gray, CEO & Principal Consultant, Endiem – Accelerate is the only place you get to meet with other Quote-to-Cash leaders and visionaries, and bring useful insight back to your company.
Brett Barlow, Consultant, Cloud for Good – The Admin Royal Rumble was my favorite session last year because it was fun and I learned something. That’s a do not miss session for 2017! Don’t be afraid to mingle. It’s a much more intimate environment compared to Dreamforce so you’ll naturally be able to get more face time and quality conversations with people.
I also asked one person who was unable to attend Accelerate in 2016, that has already booked his trip for 2017 about what he is looking forward gaining by attending this year.
John Graf, Business Process Director, World Water Works – I’m thrilled I will be attending Accelerate this year. I’m looking forward to meeting others who have implemented Apttus solutions to see what I can learn from their paths to success and how I can apply it to the constant and never-ending improvement at World Water Works.