2015 EcoSys User Conference, Day 2 Recap

After resting up from an intense and content-packed first day of the User Conference, attendees (the highest number we’ve had so far, by the way!) were ready for more, and this time they had their choice of three separate session tracks: In addition to sessions on both the technical and solutions-oriented sides of EcoSys EPC, partners Accenture and Pinnacle Management Systems both offered presentations related to their expertise. Pinnacle spoke first about approaches to yield the greatest returns from investments in EcoSys EPC, including a wave-based approach that generates quick wins and internal support. Accenture then provided insights into the Energy sector and particularly, what activities should be pursued during down economic times that can position a company more strongly when the economy rebounds. EcoSys-presented sessions covered such topics as optimizing system performance, EcoSys EPC analytics, cloud-based solutions, and integration, just to name a few.

The conference culminated in a panel discussion that included members from American Electrical Power, Bechtel, Gulf Interstate Engineering, Haskell, San Francisco MTA, SunTrust, and Quanta Services. They discussed topics including techniques to promote user adoption, making the business case for a commercial project controls solution, unanticipated benefits of an EcoSys EPC implementation, and opportunities for leveraging the upcoming mobile apps.

User Conference Panel Answering Audience Questions

User Conference Panel Answering Audience Questions

EcoSys CEO Javier Sloninsky concluded the conference with thanks to everyone who attended. And while many attendees needed to return to work right after the show, we’re glad that some had the opportunity to enjoy the very hospitable environment at the Four Seasons and visit the numerous attractions in the greater Orlando area.

Officially, EcoSys will be sending out a survey to all attendees to get their impressions of the event. Unofficially, we’ve already received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, ranging from the quality of the accommodations and receptions to the detailed content of the presentations and extraordinary networking opportunities.

If you were there, please accept our warmest thanks for attending. If you weren’t, we hope this encourages you to attend next year.

2015 EcoSys User Conference, Day 1 Recap

Sunday night kicked off the 5th annual EcoSys User Conference at the Four Seasons Orlando. The early arrivals competed in an afternoon golf scramble. Congratulations to Sandra DeLaGarza (Columbia Pipeline Group), Darren Metherell (EcoSys), Jeff Wells (Atkins), and David Padgett (EcoSys). Then, guests gathered for a welcome cocktail & networking reception out on the King Meadow Lawn. The author of this blog post was particularly fond of the mini-grilled cheese bites.

Monday morning, after a breakfast hosted by Turner & Townsend, the EcoSys Leadership team brought the users up to speed on the state of things at EcoSys: 81% revenue growth in 2014, 100% revenue growth in the first half of 2015, and Inc. magazine’s acknowledgment of our position as one of the fastest growing companies in the USA. Since the last User Conference, EcoSys has expanded global presence and introduced new cloud and SaaS offerings, not to mention the addition of new enterprises adopting EcoSys EPC for project controls.

Of course, one of the most pressing topics everyone was hoping to hear more about was the announcement earlier this month of Intergraph’s intention to acquire EcoSys. CEO Javier Sloninsky, accompanied by Intergraph’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, Patrick Holcomb, ensured everyone present that EcoSys would remain as an autonomous, stand-alone operation, maintaining the same team, the same roadmap and long-term plans. At the same time, they said, the acquisition would allow EcoSys to leverage Intergraph’s substantial global operations and infrastructure.

Christen Bergerud, EcoSys COO, talked about cutting-edge engineering technology and how EcoSys keeps ahead of technology trends to support customer innovation. Neely Hemassi, Executive VP of Product Strategy, shared the newest features and improvements, including plans to develop integrations with Intergraph PPM’s 3D modeling solutions to support 5D BIM, while Noah Parker, CTO, along with Levi Browde, VP of Software Development, revealed a few hot items on the upcoming roadmap. Levi then offered a live demo of an upcoming mobile app on his phone.

"Finally, my son thinks I do something cool at work." EcoSys VP Levi Browde demos new mobile apps

“Finally, my son thinks I do something cool at work.” EcoSys VP Levi Browde demos new mobile apps

Following the introduction, EcoSys presented four guests from Bechtel, the largest engineering firm in the US, to share the details of their highly successful implementation of EcoSys EPC. They spoke highly of both the software and the EcoSys team members who worked with them throughout the process. Their overarching theme: staff and run an EPC implementation like a project, drawing on the experience and best practices that are fundamental for our customer’s core businesses.

In addition to delicious food and incredible hospitality from the Four Seasons staff, the rest of Day 1 offered multiple session tracks for attendees to follow. Track 1 included sessions from EcoSys clients discussing their various challenges, successes and lessons learned: Quanta Services, Air Products, American Electric Power, and Gulf Interstate Engineering all shared case studies. Alternately, users could attend sessions on getting the most out of EcoSys EPC, with perennial favorites like EVM and Forecasting, along with sessions on Contracts and Payments, Workforce Planning, and finally a discussion about EcoSys EPC’s current “out of the box” capabilities.

The evening concluded with a cocktail reception, sponsored by Accenture.

What else happened?  Read our recap of the second and final day of the conference.

Three Reasons I’m excited about the EcoSys User Conference

We’re just over two weeks away from the 5th annual EcoSys User Conference, and the excitement here and among our registered attendees is palpable. For the first time ever, we’ll be hosting the event at the Four Seasons in Orlando, Florida, and we’ll be featuring many of the top names in capital projects alongside our leadership team. People are traveling from all over the globe to learn how to better harness the power of EcoSys EPC to boost project performance, while expanding their social networks. Plus, since we’ll be right in the middle of Walt Disney World, we might even offer up a few Disney-themed project controls jokes while we’re at it!

There’s so much I could say here, so let me pick three things worth mentioning:

  1. See How We’re Taking Project Controls Software to a Whole New Level. If you’ve been considering EcoSys EPC as a project controls solution, we’ll show you why we think it’s the best choice on the market. If you’ve already invested in EcoSys EPC, we’ll remind you why you made the right choice. Neely Hemassi, Executive VP of Product Strategy, will point out the features that put our product years ahead of the competition, along with the features to come that will keep it that way. I can neither confirm nor deny the rumor of new mobile capabilities. Guess you’ll just have to be there!

  2. Don’t Just Take Our Word for It. Hear from our impressive list of guest speakers how EcoSys EPC made tremendous impacts in their project performance. Bechtel, Quanta Services, Haskell, American Electric Power, Gulf Interstate Engineering, and Air Products all have case studies laying out the positive change EcoSys EPC has made in their capital projects.

  3. You’re Going to Make Connections. This year we’re delivering Four Seasons-level hospitality, starting with the Sunday evening Welcome Reception on the King Meadow Lawn. You’ll find an ideal environment to network with other project controls professionals. Find out what kind of challenges other organizations face, and how they’re using EcoSys EPC to implement better processes and leverage their talent. Plus I heard there will be dessert.

I haven’t even mentioned the sessions on EVM, workforce planning, contract management, integration, and forecasting. We’ve worked with a long list of clients over the years, and we’re eager to show you all that we’ve learned about best practices for nearly every aspect of capital project controls.

If you’ve been thinking about attending, I hope you’ll end up being one of the many people over the years who have told us what a great experience it was. You’re dealing with multi-million dollar projects, and if even the smallest bit of incremental knowledge can boost your performance, then imagine how much you’ll get out of our upcoming User Conference.

If you’re there, I look forward to meeting you.

Outstanding Turnout at 4th Annual EcoSys User Conference

2014 EcoSys User Conference

Thanks to our many attendees for making the 2014 EcoSys User Conference a great success! Our 4th annual conference was held in Broomfield, Colorado in the Denver Metro Area this past September 7th thru 9th. Some of you will remember that our first conference was also in Denver, but a few things have changed since then. Denver has been our home since we relocated our corporate headquarters there last year.

Bigger and Better!

The conference was much also much larger this year! We had over 50 organizations attend, with 70% more attendees than last year. There were more case studies, along with a new Partners track focused on Project Controls Trends & Implementation, an Expert “All Star” Panel Discussion, and three different courses of follow-on training after the conference.

With many new faces attending the conference, we had an amazing blend of owners and contractors representing long-time customers, newer customers currently implementing their EcoSys EPC solutions, and prospects looking to more fully comprehend our project controls platform’s capabilities and use cases.

For most attendees, the 2014 EcoSys User Conference served as a valuable opportunity to network with professionals in the capital program management, project cost controls, and earned value management fields. The conference’s size allowed for “good opportunities to speak to both EcoSys staff and clients.” For prospects, “it was useful to hear how others approached implementation. Since [they] are not yet up-and-running, this information is beyond valuable.” Attendees found great value in having real conversations and sharing with other companies on how to utilize the project controls software.

Order of Events

The Conference was kicked-off with an evening reception where guests mingled and networked with colleagues and professionals from industries spanning Oil & Gas, Utilities, and Mining to Engineering & Construction and Federal, State, and Local Government. Our Monday breakfast was sponsored by Pinnacle Management; lunch was sponsored by Faithful+Gould; and the second evening reception was sponsored by Accenture.

Kick-off Reception
Kick-Off Evening Reception

Speakers – The conference had a total of seven Customer Case Studies speaking to how EcoSys EPC is being used, how it’s impacted their organization’s capabilities, and lessons learned from the experience:

  • Alain Sculfort from Technip;
  • Ed Latawiec from CH2M HILL;
  • David Brasher and Lee Jackson from KBR;
  • Britt Buhl and Pablo Balsamo from Goldcorp;
  • Tim Hilton from Parsons speaking about San Bernadino Area Governments’ transportation planning;
  • Hassan Teftal from Suncor; and
  • Chris Caddell from Turner & Townsend; and Jorge Rossini from CIMA discussing the Repsol oil field development in Brazil.

Presentations – The conference held over 20 presentations – case studies, EcoSys presentations, and Partner tracks. For the full agenda, please visit the 2014 Agenda. Below are examples of some of the highly-rated sessions:

  • “How EcoSys EPC was Implemented at Technip Group: Pathway, Lessons Learned, & Governance” – presented by Alain Sculfort, Technip

Technip implemented EcoSys EPC as its Cost Management System in 2010 for Technip USA. It then extended the software’s use to major Technip entities globally in 2012. This presentation exposed and shared the process Technip used for EcoSys to meet Technip Cost Engineering and Control needs in the oil & gas industry from design and configuration up to and including version release and implementation.

  • “Change & Risk Management” – presented by Dan Perez & Tom Brown, EcoSys

EcoSys EPC is a robust planning and controls solution with extensive capabilities across a variety of business needs. In these sessions, attendees were presented with topics showcasing specific solutions available within EPC and the screens, reports and dashboards that drive functionality.

  •  “EPC and KBR: Business Process, Integration, Performance Management Lessons Learned from a large EPC Implementation” – presented by David Brasher and Lee Jackson, KBR

KBR, a leading global engineering, construction, and services company, is deploying EcoSys EPC as the enterprise project controls standard as part of a broader “CoreERP” initiative, which combines implementation of Oracle EBS, EcoSys EPC, and a number of other supporting applications in a single, integrated framework. This presentation described this initiative, business objectives, and technology architecture, and also provided insights into the challenges and lessons learned along the way.

For more information, please refer to our User Conference pages.

Whether you’re a long-time client or recent prospect, we hope that you and colleagues will join us for next year’s EcoSys User Conference!

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