May 9 by Eric Dreshfield

Accelerate 2018 is packed full of great content being presented by some of the industry’s brightest minds.

Kirk Krappe

Leading the way is Apttus Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Kirk Krappe. Anyone who has attended Accelerate in the past will tell you that Krappe is a brilliant story teller. He excels at weaving a tale of inspiration that’s sure to get everyone amped up and ready to make things happen.

Sir Richard Branson

Joining Krappe on the Accelerate main stage is Sir Richard Branson. Branson, who has been an entrepreneur and philanthropist for most of his life, will likely talk about what motivates him and what keeps pushing him forward. Personally, I hope he shares a story or two about some of his hot air balloon accomplishments, and his plans for the future with Virgin Galactic.

Accelerate features some great industry analysts in its speaker roster.

Forrester Research

Andrew Bartels, VP, Senior Analyst serving CIO Professionals, returns this year and will present on Best Practices in Contract Management for Any Type of Contract at 1:30pm on May 15th. Also speaking this year is Analyst Lily Varon, presenting at 2:10pm on May 15th on The Benefits of Integrated CPQ, Billing and Order Management.

MGI Research

AccelerateAndrew Dailey, Managing Director, a previous Accelerate speaker, joins us this year to present Excelling in Digital Business with Groundbreaking Monetization Strategies at 3:50pm on May 15th.

Paradigm B2B

Former VP & Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, and now CEO at Paradigm B2B, Andy Hoar will present on Developing and Executing a Digital Commerce Strategy that Differentiates Your Business at 2:50pm on May 15th.


Rounding out the lineup of speakers is a collection of Apttus customers and partners who are leading the way and transforming their companies through the use of Apttus technology.


Jerome Selva, Vice President XaaS Acceleration presents Delivering a Digital Transformation at IBM, 1:30pm, May 15th.
Inhi Suh, General Manager, Watson Customer Engagement presents Next Generation Commerce with Artificial Intelligence at 2:10pm on May 15th.
Stephanie Goddard, Systems Advisory Analyst, teams up with Kevin Chartrand, Application Programmer/Business Systems Analyst, to present Best Practices for CPQ Administrators at 3:50pm on May 15th.
Terri Lyons Smith, Manager, Analytics and Cognitive Intelligence, presents 5 Steps to Get Started with Artificial Intelligence at 4:30pm on May 15th.


Brian Galicia, Worldwide Sales Leader, Sales Automation and LinkedIn, presents Turn Relationships into Revenue with LinkedIn and Microsoft at 1:30pm on May 16th.
Guillermo Kopp, Worldwide Financial Services Industry Director, presents Break Through in Financial Services with Digital Transformation at 2:10pm on May 16th.
Michael Glaros, Senior Program Manager, Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service, presents Smart Contracts and Blockchain: Separating Hype from Reality at 3:50pm on May 16th.

Thomson Reuters:

Linda Chuan, Vice President, Head of Global Technology Sourcing, presents Transforming your Buy-Side Supplier Contracts at 2:10pm on May 16th.
Craig Eiter, Vice President, Sales Operations, presents Transform Order Capture to Create an Exceptional Customer Buying Experience at 2:50pm on May 16th.


Erin Long, ECM Business Consulting Manager presents 2 sessions – Contract Management Considerations for Current and Emerging Regulatory Requirements at 3:50pm on May 15th; and Effective Techniques for Setting-Up Legal Playbooks at 4:30pm on May 16th.

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