Carlson Thought Leadership in Finance & Technology

Innovation in Business Planning Takes Center Stage at Adaptive Live 2018

June 6, 2018 / by Lauren Strohmeier

Adaptive Live is the event of the year where more than 1,500 finance professionals from around the world gather to learn, network, and explore. This year’s theme was “Advance Your Journey”. The event was a memorable experience, as attendees discovered how to advance their own journeys in finance with the Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud.

The location for this year’s Adaptive Live was The Venetian in Las Vegas. Yes, the entertainment mecca filled with lights, games, and more dazzling attractions. The conference’s fun location was ideal, giving everyone the opportunity to make discoveries while celebrating their newfound knowledge.

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Carlson Management Consulting was front and center as an Adaptive Live Gold Sponsor, showcasing Adaptive Insights and our award-winning services throughout the engaging conference. CEO, Ethan Carlson, and Vice President of Consulting, Chris Pinto, also presented The Carlson Approach to Integrated Revenue Planning to a packed room with 200+ attendees.

With inspiring keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and exhibits, attendees explored cutting-edge ideas in finance and Cloud technology. As speakers shared their insights, innovation took center stage. Illuminating talks cast light upon the following:

How can you best leverage cloud technology for effective business planning?

How can you boost your SaaS firm’s bottom line with the integrated revenue planning process?

How can you build models that guide you to informed decisions?

Why is effective planning so important in today’s fast-moving business world?

And, more novel and transformative ideas.

Adaptive Live 2018 was a true meeting of minds that gave people the roadmap to transforming their businesses.

Here are the highlights that made Adaptive Live 2018 a success:


The Carlson Booth

Picture 2We welcomed attendees with warm smiles, greetings, and introductions to Carlson Management Consulting at our blue booth. As attendees asked questions, our consultants shared how they can help with their Adaptive Insights Implementations, optimizations and integrations.

Of course, free giveaways are always the proverbial icing on the cake at a conference. The baseballs, golf balls, and bottle openers proved to be popular.

During the exhibition periods, we made fond memories and new relationships, one of the best parts of Adaptive Live. As attendees begin their Adaptive Insights implementations, we’re thrilled to guide them throughout their journeys.



What better way to celebrate a day of networking and discovery than with a satisfying golf swing?

This year, we honored our amazing clients with the Carlson Customer Appreciation Night at Topgolf, the premier driving range known for its cool parties and tournaments.

Our clients and team put their golf games in action while enjoying refreshing drinks, delicious Texas-style barbeque, and great conversation. With the fabulous Las Vegas lights as a backdrop, it was a sight to behold.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the festivities!

 Welcome Keynote Speeches

Adaptive Live began on an inspiring note with the Welcome Keynote speeches.

First, Adaptive Insights CEO Tom Bogan revealed his forward-focused perspective about where business planning is headed in the future. Chief Product Officer Bhaskar Himatsingka also took the stage to speak about the technological advancements we will see in the Business Planning Cloud.

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Did you know there are close parallels between business planning and outdoor adventure planning? As this compelling metaphor illustrates, there are. Guest keynote speaker, Rex Pemberton, shared exciting stories about his adrenaline-packed journeys in mountaineering and wingsuit flying. Insightfully, he reflected upon how these experiences have influenced his own business journey.

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Ultimately, we learned valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership, taking calculated risks, and planning that we can use to reach our own personal summits.

The Carlson Approach to Integrated Revenue Planning Session

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During The Carlson Approach to Integrated Revenue Planning session, we gave attendees a front row seat to the best practices in integrated revenue planning for SaaS firms.

Ethan Carlson opened with an introduction to Carlson Management Consulting, sharing how our award-winning team of Adaptive-certified consultants has helped deliver hundreds of successful implementations and optimizations.

Chris Pinto then delved into how FP&A professionals can guide their organizations to more successful outcomes by forecasting multiple streams of revenue and gaining real-time insights through data integration.  

Following an interactive Q&A and applause, attendees were empowered with the knowledge on how to boost their revenue and get the big picture of business performance.

Adaptive Insights Party at Tao

Picture 8Let’s move to the music!

Everyone brought their dance moves to the floor, swaying to lively tunes and spectacular light shows.

Welcome to TAO, one of the most vibrant nightclubs with an electric atmosphere that elevates the fun. We danced the night away on the dancefloor, surrounded by a breathtaking lounge and beautiful Asian decor, a wonderful way to celebrate a successful Adaptive Live.

Thank you, Adaptive Insights, for a fantastic conference.


Carlson Team Experiences

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As Adaptive Live 2018 came to a close, we returned home with new relationships, knowledge, and fond memories.

Many of the best moments were those we shared together. Throughout the exhibition, sessions, and celebrations, we enjoyed the journey of helping attendees advance their journeys with Adaptive Insights.

The times of rest and relaxation were also a blast. From lounging by the pool to savoring delectable steaks at a team dinner and admiring the magnificent fountain performance at The Bellagio, every experience was one to remember.

Until next time, Adaptive Live.

Want to experience Adaptive Live 2019? Stay tuned to discover how you can join us next year.

And, if you are an Adaptive Insights customer and feel like it's time to optimize your model or explore integration with other systems, contact us for a discovery call and assessment.

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