SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/14 -- Changepoint, a leading provider of professional services automation (PSA) and project portfolio management (PPM) solutions, today announced the lineup of keynote speakers for its Daptiv global user conference, Adapt 2014, which will be held at the W Hotel in Seattle, Wash., September 16-18, 2014. Attendees will hear presentations from top industry influencers, including Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Margo Visitacion, renowned business innovation and branding expert Hamish Taylor, and Changepoint CEO Jim Byrnes. The theme of this year's event is "Shaping Your Path to PPM Best Practices" and will showcase ideas and best-practice strategies to empower business professionals to personalize, vitalize and optimize their PPM business practices.
The two-day conference will kick-off with a welcome address by Byrnes where he will primarily discuss the customer community advantages presented by the recent acquisition of Daptiv by Changepoint. He'll further provide insight into the new combined company's market strategy and future direction for solutions and services. Daptiv users of all types and levels will also have an opportunity to network and share ideas with other customers, learn best practices and insights from industry experts, hear success stories from fellow practitioners, and work closely with Daptiv's product team to guide future product direction and advancements.
Adapt 2014 will offer attendees more than 40 educational sessions, workshops, training courses, panels and networking events, and feature the following keynote presentations:
Shaping an Agile Business Path to Win
Margo Visitacion, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research
Tuesday, September 16, 9-10am
In her presentation, Margo, a leading expert in software delivery, focusing on the areas of project management, project portfolio management, and project management organizations (PMOs), will illustrate how the ability to adapt and thrive has raised the stakes higher than ever and those companies making the right technology investments will be the winners. She'll explain how with today's rapidly changing market conditions, traditional "waterfall" strategic portfolio investment methods and approaches no longer work in a world that demands speed and value. Her answer is an approach that builds business agility in a customer focused world through the transformation of familiar best practices.
Planes, Trains...and Toilet Cleaner
Hamish Taylor, leading expert on innovation and brand management
Wednesday, September 17, 8:30-9:30am
A world-renowned business speaker, Hamish will highlight lessons learned in driving transformation in a number of different industries to showcase the practical ways in which project managers and IT teams can better influence the business and drive innovation. He'll share in his highly energetic and entertaining style a series of "war stories," and present attendees with tools they can take away to bring a fresh perspective to their day to day team leadership. Attendees will be challenged to change the way they understand the customers of their project management, the platform for their work, and to look outside their current environments for genuinely new approaches.
Changepoint's SaaS-based Daptiv solution gives businesses complete visibility into project, program and portfolio execution, as well as the power to measure progress against key business priorities. It is used by small to large customer organizations worldwide across industry verticals ranging from healthcare, education, and technology to financial services.
For more information on the conference, visit www.daptiv.com/adapt2014
Changepoint manages critical customer business processes allowing technology services and IT teams to deliver more customer value, make smarter business decisions, and achieve new efficiencies, while operating with strong financial acumen. Recognized year over year as a market leader, Changepoint's professional services automation and project portfolio management software is relied upon by leading technology companies, and service focused IT organizations worldwide. Changepoint is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more information visit www.changepoint.com.
Founded in 1997, Daptiv is the leading global provider of on-demand Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions. Daptiv has helped thousands of companies improve their strategic planning and business execution by offering adaptable high-performance PPM solutions and world class professional services. Enterprises use Daptiv solutions to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve productivity and more effectively adapt to rapidly changing economic conditions and competitive dynamics. Daptiv's headquarters are in Seattle, USA, with offices across EMEA and APAC. In August of 2014, Daptiv was acquired by Changepoint. For more information, visit the company's website: www.daptiv.com.