Expect an “Elevated” Experience at Connections 2017

March 1, 2017      By Adam Rogers

Ultimate Software’s annual customer conference, Connections, is coming up soon. With more than 70 unique hands-on learning workshops and informative breakout sessions, a full lineup of inspiring keynote speakers, and a major concert by one of today’s most successful pop-rock bands, this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever.

If you’re one of the 2,000-plus HR, payroll, and talent management professionals and business leaders attending Connections 2017, here’s what you can expect to experience in Las Vegas, March 21–24.

Invaluable Breakout Sessions

connections 2017 crowdThis year’s Connections theme is “Elevate,” and the conference agenda is designed with that exact mission in mind. Connections 2017 aims to elevate your knowledge and use of UltiPro®, while increasing your overall engagement with the solution, and with us. At Ultimate, we view customers as our Partners for Life, and we want to ensure you continuously get the most out of UltiPro, our collaborative support, and our educational resources.

Throughout Connections 2017, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from and chat with Ultimate’s subject-matter experts about all facets of UltiPro. Our sessions focus on such topics as leading and developing your people, harnessing powerful reporting and HCM analytics, configuring and integrating UltiPro with additional solutions, and managing payroll and time more efficiently. There are even sessions tailored to Canada-based organizations and customers with global workforces. Plus, Connections includes speed-networking sessions, industry roundtable discussions, an UltiPro User Community open house, and a special group service project with nonprofit Clean the World to benefit USO Las Vegas.

Captivating Keynote Speakers
Besides the myriad of learning and networking opportunities available at Connections, the conference is also known for its thought-provoking and entertaining general sessions. Don’t be surprised if these talks inspire your mind, challenge your thinking, or even change your perspective.

On Wednesday, you’ll hear from Will Smith, the acclaimed actor, musician, producer, and philanthropist. A Grammy Award winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Smith has had a diverse, decades-long career spanning several industries, from television to film to music. In the community, Smith is dedicated to working toward the advancement of individuals through the areas of education, sustainability, empowerment, and health, having established the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

connections 2017 adamThursday includes back-to-back keynotes, featuring prolific writer Tim Urban and former U.S. Navy Lt. Carey Lohrenz. Urban is the creator of the popular blog, “Wait But Why,” which combines long-form articles and stick-figure illustrations for an impactful blend of humor and intrigue. Lohrenz was the U.S. Navy’s first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, and now draws upon her experience and lessons learned to educate professionals about taking calculated risks, becoming better leaders, and achieving successful careers.

Awesome Code-a-Thon, Exclusive Concert
Back by popular demand, the Connections Code-a-Thon returns, giving attendees a chance to witness Ultimate’s skilled software engineers develop new UltiPro functionality in a matter of days. Before the nonstop coding session begins, Ultimate customers will have a chance to submit ideas for which features they’d most like to see in UltiPro. Functioning on little sleep—but much drive and caffeine—our developers will then get to work coding a prototype solution. The Code-a-Thon wraps up with a live unveiling and demo of the team’s creation. Don’t miss it!

Speaking of can’t-miss events, the only place to be in Vegas on Thursday night will be Ultimate’s exclusive Customer Appreciation Party, featuring a private performance by platinum-selling pop-rockers, Maroon 5. Bring your best voice and expect to move like Jagger as you enjoy all the hits from this Grammy Award-winning group.

“Mind-Blown Moments”
Connections always proves to be a meaningful, memorable event for Ultimate customers. But, don’t just listen to me. Here’s what some past attendees have said about their Connections experience:

“I gained so much knowledge about UltiPro that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been utilizing already!!! I had so many of those ‘MIND-BLOWN’ moments and got really excited about using my new skills when I got back to work, and getting my coworkers excited about it too! The speakers at the general session were so engaging and spoke directly to everyone in the room. My first Connections experience was beyond any expectation that I had, and I look so forward to next year!”

“This is the best conference I’ve been to and have been lucky enough to go four years in a row. We get to see our Ultimate partners face to face and hear about exciting new changes to the software.”

Whether this is your very first Connections, or you’ve been with us since the beginning, we look forward to welcoming you at the conference. See you soon!


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