Previewing Connections 2016

March 2, 2016      By Adam Rogers

Ultimate Software’s annual customer conference, Connections, is just around the corner. On Tuesday, March 8, more than 2,000 HR, payroll, talent, and business professionals from across North America will gather in Las Vegas at The Bellagio—to learn, grow, and, of course, connect.

Our #1 priority at Ultimate is putting people first in every way. To that end, the four-day Connections conference is all about teaching and showing organizations how to put their own people first, no matter where they work or what they do. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Engagement,” and we have several inspirational keynotes, more than 130 engaging breakout sessions, and a host of special events planned throughout the week for all attendees—Ultimate’s customers, our Partners for Life.

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about work. As host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, Rowe has never been afraid to, quite literally, roll up his sleeves and get the job—any job—done. But he, perhaps as well as anyone, knows it’s not always easy. Rowe travels across America, speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, challenging traditional mindsets, and aiming to change the way we view our jobs and the jobs of others. Co-author of bestselling books All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Orange Revolution, Chester Elton is an expert on employee engagement. To truly inspire your workforce, Elton advocates for leaders to create a culture of belief—one in which employees are “engaged, enabled, and energized,” and truly believe in their work and how it contributes to the big picture. That includes coming up with creative and refreshing ways to recognize, celebrate, and reward employees’ accomplishments. Sometimes, it all starts with a simple carrot.

Engaging Breakout Sessions

In addition to hands-on learning and interactive speed-networking workshops, we’ll have breakout sessions covering a spectrum of HCM topics—61 to be exact—from benefits, ACA, payroll, and global HCM to analytics, performance management, UltiPro configuration, and integration. Led by Ultimate’s subject matter experts, these sessions are specifically designed to serve you and your people, enhance your experience with UltiPro, and better your work lives.  In what’s probably my favorite part of Connections, I’ll have the esteemed privilege of sharing some of the exciting developments ahead for UltiPro. Our CEO, president, and founder, Scott Scherr, will also recap Ultimate’s milestone 2015 and provide insight on what’s to come at Ultimate Software in the future.

Can’t-Miss Special Events

We’re also excited to host our first-ever Code-a-Thon at Connections. Part of the Ultimate Experience, this is a special chance to go behind the scenes and see how we develop UltiPro. Witness Ultimate’s talented software engineers code all-new features for UltiPro—live and right before your eyes—implementing ideas submitted by our customers. Also be on the lookout for a special announcement at Connections, designed especially for those who code. And don’t forget about our Customer Appreciation Party, starring rock band Journey, who’ll perform a concert of classic hits to cap off the conference.

Any way you want to look at it, Connections is sure to be an amazing four days. Whether in person or online, remember to follow all of the non-stop action on Twitter with #UltiConnect.

We’ll see you in Vegas!

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