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2014
PALISADE EMEA

Regional Risk Conference

Best Practices in Risk and Decision Analysis

October 21st, Rome
2014
  PALISADE EMEA

Regional Risk Conference

Best Practices in Risk and Decision Analysis

October 21st, Rome

A Key Event for Quantitative Risk and Decision Analysis

On October 21st, we brought our popular Regional Risk Conference series to the beautiful capital of Italy; Rome, gathering at the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, which is located in the EUR business district. This event was organized together with the PMI Italy Chapter and explored quantitative risk and decision analysis for professionals across a range of industries. About 150 attendees represented various interests, from financial analysis to construction project risk assessment.

The Conference was opened by Manuel Carmona, a Palisade Regional Sales manager, who gave an Introduction to Palisade, followed by a presentation on "The World of Probabilistic Analysis”. Over the course of the day there were further sessions from Palisade Consultant Sarah Sherry, and Manuel Carmona, who introduced @RISK & DecisionTools Suite; demonstrating the main functions and uses. Examples of customized solutions from Finance, Manufacturing, and Project Management were presented to delegates.

Throughout the day a number of highly educational case studies were presented by guest speakers:

  • From PMI Rome Italy Chapter - Anna Maria Felici & Sergio Gerosa - "Introduction from PMI Italy", followed by Sante Torino - "Risk Management Standard and Certification Overview"
  • From Selex-ES Francesco Piccolo - "Risk Management in Selex-ES: Process and Tool"
  • From Technip Italy S.p.A - Pietro Fois - "Cost Sensitivity Analysis in Technip Italy S.p.A: Process and Tool"

Delegates also had the opportunity of one-to-one 'Expert Sessions', which were offered by Palisade consultants and technical experts. These hands-on, consulting sessions helped participants to improve their risk models and answer some good insight to problems.

Delegates took advantage of the chance to network and share ideas during the breaks and the evening networking session over a glass of wine.

If you want to find out more about this or any of our upcoming conferences visit www.palisade.com/Conf/.

Schedule

  General Sessions      
  Software Presentations      
  Case Studies

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Rome

Schedule is subject to change without notice.

 

8:30 - 9:00
Registration
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 11:00
SOFTWARE PRESENTATION

Introduction to @RISK & DecisionTools Suite, Overview, Hints and Tips
Sarah Sherry
Palisade Corporation

11:00 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:15
INTRODUCTION

Introduction from PMI Italy
Anna Maria Felici & Sergio Gerosa
PMI Rome Italy Chapter

12:15 - 1:00
CASE STUDY

Risk Management Standard and Certification Overview
Sante Torino
PMI Rome Italy Chapter

1:00 - 2:00
Lunch
2:00 - 2:45
CASE STUDY

Risk Management in Selex-ES: Process and Tool
Francesco Piccolo
Selex-ES

2:45 - 3:30
CASE STUDY

Cost Sensitivity Analysis in Technip Italy S.p.A: Process and Tool
Pietro Fois
Technip Italy S.p.A

3:30 - 4:00
Break
4:00 - 4:45
Closing Remarks

4:45 - 6:30
Networking Reception

Presenters

  Manuel Carmona

Business Development Manager
Palisade EMEA, UK

Manuel joined Palisade UK Ltd in 2003 as European sales director. He currently works with Palisade’s European customers to help them implement @RISK and other Palisade products in their organisations. He has spent most of his career in Europe working in various management and business development positions in the software industry. In 1994 he received a diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry from the University of Barcelona, and an MBA from the University of Westminster in 2002.

  Anna Maria Felici

President
PMI Rome Italy Chapter

President of PMI Rome Italy Chapter since 2011, Felici is the author of the book “Project Management: Istruzioni per l’uso” (Ed. Franco Angeli). She is also member of Italian ISO/PC 236 Working Group as Expert in WG2 Processes, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Management Consultant.

Previously Felici acted as Managing Director and President of AMF & Partners (a company whose mission is to spread the PM culture through conferences and seminars, teaching and consulting, and papers and books), Project Leader and PM Officer (as a consultant for many companies managing complex programs), Executive and EDP Manager for Mediaset, and IT project leader for Unilever Italia, Rizzoli / Corriere della Sera and others.

Felici belonged to the 'PMBOK Guide 2004 Project Team' serving on the verification committee of the Italian edition. She also participated on the 'PMBOK Guide 4th and 5th Edition Project Team' as a content provider, and served on the board of CLUBTI (Italian ICT Manager association).

  Craig Ferri

Managing Director
Palisade EMEA & India

Craig Ferri was promoted to Managing Director of Palisade Europe in 2005, having joined as sales and marketing director for the region in 2003. During that time the company has shown year on year growth. In addition to increasing brand awareness in EMEA and ensuring outstanding customer service, Craig’s helm at Palisade EMEA has seen the company continue to expand throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and more recently into India. Craig built up nine years’ experience of sales and marketing roles in niche technology sectors prior to working at Palisade. Key positions included global marketing director at software company Infomax Incorporated, and European marcomms manager at networking company Anixter. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing, and an MBA.

  Petro Fois

Risk Analysis Manager
Technip Italy S.p.A.

Fois graduated in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He joined Technip in 1990 as Procurement Engineer. After various postings in Quality, Project, and Contract Management, in January 2011 Fois was appointed Risk Analysis Manager of Technip’s Region B, the business and operations division of Technip Group, where he manages On-Off Shore Projects in Eastern and Southern Europe, South America, Russia and Central Asia, Libya, and Egypt.

  Sergio Gerosa

Director of Programs and Professional Development
PMI Rome Italy Chapter
Director Supply Chain, Thales Alenia Space Italia
Thales Alenia Space Italia

Certified PMP® and IPMA Level A, Gerosa is Director of Programs and Professional Development for the PMI Rome Italy Chapter since December 2011. Gerosa also is Director Supply Chain at Thales Alenia Space Italia, having worked in the field of Project/Program/Portfolio Management, and in the Commercial Telecommunication Programs Unit, for two decades at Thales Alenia Space.

Gerosa teaches Masters-level Project Management at several Italian universities (LUISS Business School, University La Sapienza, and University Tor Vergata), and also serves as an internal trainer at Thales University and Thales Alenia Space. He is co-author of the book “Tecniche e Metodologie di Project Management - La gestione di programmi complessi con particolare riferimento al settore spaziale” (Aracne Editrice).

  Francesco Piccolo

Risk Manager for Civil and Defence Systems projects
Selex-ES

Piccolo graduated from the University of Naples in Electronic Engineering. He currently works with Selex-ES, a Finmeccanica company. He initially served as Test Engineer in the Manufacturing Department, then as System Engineer, and since 2008 as Risk Manager for Civil and Defence Systems projects. Piccolo is a certificated PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®)

  Sarah Sherry

Consultant and Trainer
Palisade Corporation

Sarah Sherry is a software consultant for Palisade Corporation. Sarah was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She taught spreadsheet modelling techniques and programs in the DecisionTools Suite for over thirteen years, and was nominated for the Kelley School’s highest teaching award four times, and received it once. After graduating, many of her former students and teaching assistants seek her advice and counsel in their places of work (accounting firms, loan departments, manufacturing operations, hospitals, political campaigns, and so on), on difficulties ranging from issues with data integrity to troubles in spreadsheet modeling.

Sarah collaborated with Dr Wayne Winston on two Harvard Business School Press courses, Spreadsheet Modeling and Mathematics for Management, and she is currently co-authoring an introductory business analytics textbook, to be published by Indiana University Press.

Sarah earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Indiana University and completed the required coursework for a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

  Sante Torino

Head of Major Programmes Risk Management department
PMI

Sante is the Head of Major Programmes Risk Management department in the Land & Naval Systems Division of Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company.

He is the author of papers about Project Management and Risk Management, presented to the IPMA World Congresses in 2008 (Rome), 2009 (Helsinki) and 2011 (Brisbane).

He is a member of the italian Working Group on Risk Management established at UNI - Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione delle normative.

He is certified Senior Project Manager IPMA level B® and PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®)

Abstracts

Download zip file of presentations from the Palisade Risk Conference in Rome
(Individual presentations are also linked below.)

  Welcome to Palisade/PMI Italy Event + Introduction to Palisade and the World of Probabilistic Analysis

Manuel Carmona
Palisade Corporation

Palisade Sales Manager, Manuel Carmona, will open the conference by giving a brief overview of Palisade, Palisade Risk Conferences and the partnership with the PM. He will then address the questions you’ve undoubtedly been faced with: "What is risk analysis, and why do I need it?"

  Introduction to @RISK & DecisionTools Suite, Overview, Hints and Tips

Manuel Carmona
Palisade Corporation

This presentation will use examples from different industries and applications to give an entry-level introduction to @RISK and the other products in the DecisionTools Suite, as well as showing how the new features in the latest releases add additional capabilities to the analyst’s toolbox. Manuel Carmona will also shine a light on some of the lesser-known corners of the software, to provide useful tips about how to make risk modelling even easier.

  Risk Management Standard and Certification Overview

Sante Torino
PMI

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We will present the PMI Practice Standard for Project Risk Management, as well as the main features of the Risk Management Certification PMI-RMP®.

  Cost Sensitivity Analysis in Technip Italy S.p.A: Process and Tool

Pietro Fois
Technip Italy S.p.A

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We will detail how Quantitative Risk Analysis is implemented in Technip, with a focus on the probabilistic methodology based on Monte Carlo simulation through @RISK, add-in for Microsoft® Excel.

  Exploring Custom Solutions using Palisade Software: Examples from Finance, Manufacturing, Project Management, and More

Sarah Sherry
Palisade Corporation

Palisade Custom Development has written dozens of different types of specialized applications using the functionality of @RISK, PrecisionTree, TopRank, and other DecisionTools products. These applications run the gamut of industry sectors and are specifically designed to accomplish just what the client needs. In this way, Palisade custom-designed applications simplify the rollout of powerful decision-making analytics within organizations by reducing learning curves and removing any potentially confusing options for users. Interfaces, model logic, and reports can all be tailored to the client’s exact specifications, driven by powerful Palisade analytics “under the hood.”

Most Palisade custom solutions run directly in Excel, using VBA and the Excel Developer Kit (or XDK) feature of the DecisionTools Suite programs. Some are built using the @RISK Developer Kit (RDK), a programming toolkit that runs outside the Excel platform and can be used on a web server.

This session will highlight a number of interesting examples of different types of custom applications we’ve done. They include cost estimation, risk registers, asset management, retirement planning, oil and gas prospecting, and more.

  Risk Management in Selex-ES: Process and Tool

Francesco Piccolo
Selex-ES

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» Download the presentation Pt.1

» Download the presentation Pt.2

» Download the presentation Pt.3

We will detail how the Project Risk Management standards are implemented in Selex-ES, with focus on the proprietary tool TERRA that integrates Palisade @RISK for performing Risk Analysis with Monte Carlo simulation.

Sheraton Roma Hotel

The Palisade Risk Conference will be held at the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center. To add convenience to your comfort during your stay in Rome, Sheraton Roma is pleased to offer guests a bus service to and from the city center operating daily.

Address: Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center, Viale Del Pattinaggio 100, Rome 00144
Phone: +39.06.54531
Website: Sheraton Roma

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