Sparta Connection 2015, our annual user conference, was held June 8-11 in Orlando, Florida at the Swan Resort. Over 350 attendees enjoyed featured discussions on game-changing technology and trends in quality and supplier management, mobile, cloud and business analytics. The theme of the event was Connect, Learn, Share – it continues to be “the can’t miss customer event of the year”.
Connect - Customer feedback from previous events indicated an interest in more opportunities to connect and network. Taking this feedback to heart, this year we provided more opportunities for companies to network ranging from our “Birds of a Feather” lunch tables – tables on specific topics of interest- to the more structured table topics networking event. And just in case you think it was all work – attendees enjoyed a Havanna Nights themed welcome reception on Monday night and a 60’s British Invasion themed farewell event at Epcot Center where guests enjoyed great food, a great band and a world class fireworks show. Attendees rated the event a 5.4 out of 6 for networking opportunities, 5.75 out of 6 for interaction with Sparta team members, and 5.5 out of 6 for overall value of the conference. Walking around the event you could see customers networking and learning from each other – this is what makes our customer base the best in the industry.
Learn – The agenda featured 11 general sessions and over 35 workshops sessions. The event commenced with Eileen Martinson, CEO Sparta Systems, sharing perspectives on the evolution of quality management and the concept of the quality network. Following Eileen, Joseph Defeo, Chairman and CEO of the Juran Institute, provided guidance on the Roadmap for Breakthrough Change. Additional general session speakers included Jennifer Goldsmith from Veeva, Ivan Latanision, Sparta Systems Vice President of Product Management and Bruce Kratz, Sparta Systems Vice President of Product Development. Workshops featured both business and technical tracks and were packed with insight on TrackWise implementations and quality management practices.
Share – This year was the most comprehensive event yet showcasing workshop and general session presentations from customers like Roche, Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare, Otsuka, Janssen, Stryker, CareFusion, PepsiCo, Emhart Glass, Becton Dickinson, Eli Lilly, Perrigo and Genentech. The agenda also featured an outstanding customer panel moderated by Dirk Dusharme, Editor in Chief of Quality Digest . The customer panel provided unique insight into how different companies are defining and executing their quality management strategy and how they are leveraging technology to enable that strategy.
Attendees rated the event a 5.6 out of 6 for “Would you attend again” and a 5.5 out of 6 for “Would you recommend this event.” The only question left to answer is will you be at the event next year? You can’t miss it. Look for the save the date coming out during Summer 2015 and don’t forget to register early to take advantage of the early bird discounts.