Palisade Corporation marked another attendance milestone at its 2nd Annual User Conference North America. Held in Miami Beach October 25th and 26th, 2007, the event attracted scores of delegates from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Cottonwood, AZ. Participants included practitioners, academics, and consultants from across North America as well as Australia, France, Uruguay, Finland, and Russia too.
Sam McLafferty, President, Palisade Corporation noted “I was impressed with the dynamic energy of this conference. The attendees engaged our staff and the presenters with a vigor I have seldom seen. They were thirsty for new approaches to risk and decision analysis, and the presenters, workshops, and networking opportunities delivered.”
The 2007 event was sponsored by QUALITY Magazine, Foresight Magazine, and Oil & Gas Financial Journal.
A Broad and
The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Wayne Winston, professor of Operations and Decision Technologies and Eli Lilly & Co Faculty Fellow at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His thought provoking and engaging presentation captivated the audience and was frequently noted by delegates as a highlight of the event.
Firsthand industry case studies were presented in sectors ranging from professional sports to agriculture, and from nuclear energy to finance. Furthermore, delegates spent time with Palisade’s top software engineers in scheduled roundtable discussions, gained modeling insights with hands-on software training, and networked with other decision-makers.
In addition to a full slate of real-world case studies, delegates attended hands-on workshops for the soon-to-be-released @RISK 5.0, the leading risk analysis software for Microsoft Excel. Delegates used this all-new software hands-on, and experienced its dramatic new interface, graphs, and model sharing capabilities.
Global Presence and Diverse Delegation
The Miami Beach conference was the third of a global series of User Conferences from Palisade in 2007 that commenced with an event in London, England in April, moved on to Sydney Australia in September, and concludes in San Jose, Costa Rica in November. The Costa Rica event is all in Spanish for Palisade’s Latin American customers.
Companies represented at the North American event included: Kennedy Space Center, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Purdue University, Prometheus Energy, Eastman Chemical, National Defence Canada, Target Corporation, Fluor Canada Ltd, AON, Boeing, TIAA-CREF, Walt Disney Company, Quality Magazine, and many more.
“Overall, I found the conference to be an excellent use of time. The Palisade staff was extremely helpful in answering my questions and educating me on the software. Erik, Javier, Thompson, and Sam explained things very well, and I look forward to working with the new [@RISK 5.0] version.”
Isaac Espinoza, Greenlight Reinsurance
“The dinner / networking was an invaluable part of conference!”
Ed Kuligowski, PTS
“Great experience, will definitely return in the future.”
Jason Mewis, ENGCOM Engineering & Computing Professionals, Inc.
“Congratulations on a successful conference and event. QUALITY Magazine was very pleased to be able to assist you as a sponsor. Your guys put on a top notch program.”
Bill Deyoe, QUALITY Magazine