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RECONNECT 19 Attendee Orientation: Preparing for Conference

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To ensure that our attendees have a successful RECONNECT 19, Quest has put together a RECONNECT 19 Attendee Orientation! Christina Yue, Customer Learning Senior Manager at Quest, gives an overview of the event and walks through important information like:

  • Logistics
  • Key Oracle sessions
  • Agenda Builder
  • Networking opportunities
  • What to bring

About RECONNECT 19

RECONNECT 19 will be held in Rosemont, Illinois at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from July 16-18, 2019. It is the premier deep-dive PeopleSoft focused event of the year – created for PeopleSoft users by PeopleSoft users. This year, there will be 165 education sessions and 16 networking opportunities. There will be representatives from 210 companies in 43 states and three different countries. This event will consist of 400+ PeopleSoft users – 123 speakers, 34 Oracle representatives, and people from over 25 different industries.

RECONNECT 19 will help you find practical solutions to today’s business technology challenges and learn how to best leverage your PeopleSoft investment.

Logistics of RECONNECT 19

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare is right next to the O’Hare International Airport – only a three to five-minute shuttle ride! There is a complimentary airport shuttle that will take you from the airport to the hotel. If you are driving yourself, there is a reduced parking rate of $15 per day for RECONNECT attendees. If you are parking only for the day, you can get your parking validated at the Quest registration desk. If you plan to park overnight, you will need to get your parking validated at the front desk of the hotel. The hotel also has a 24-hour FedEx office and complimentary WiFi in the lobby areas. If you booked your room through Quest, your guest room wireless is also included.

When you arrive at the conference, you will need to pick up your badge and onsite guide at the Quest registration desk on the main entrance level of the hotel where you walk in. You should have received an email with your barcode for registration, so make sure you have that handy when you arrive. The Quest registration desk will be open during the following days and times:

  • Monday, July 15 from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 16 from 8:00 AM – 6:45 PM
  • Wednesday, July 17 from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 from 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Another important note is that Quest is NASBA certified, so we do offer CPE credit. There will be Functional/Financial sessions at RECONNECT 19 that qualify for an hour worth of credit. CPE forms can be found at the Quest registration desk. You can return your form through email or by giving it to a Quest staff member at the conference (look for those green shirts!).

Key Oracle Sessions

There are a few key Oracle sessions to keep an out for while you’re at RECONNECT. This is not a comprehensive list of all of the Oracle sessions going on at RECONNECT by any means.

PeopleSoft Investment Strategy Update

Tuesday, July 16 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

In this session, Paco Aubrejuan, Oracle Senior Vice President, provides an update on Oracle’s investment strategy for PeopleSoft. You’ll receive an update on recent PeopleSoft deliverables in the investment areas of user experience, functional capabilities, analytics, configuration, and deployment to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You’ll hear about planned future deliverables that add value, reduce costs, and increase agility. Kick off your RECONNECT conference by attending this session and getting an update on PeopleSoft.

PeopleSoft Financials Update and Roadmap

Tuesday, July 16 from 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Attend this session to get an update of continuous innovations within Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials that support collaboration between business and financial operations, expand visibility, and simply business flows. Come and see how PeopleSoft Financials expands value to your organization’s stakeholders to improve productivity, empower the users with new reporting power to make bottom-line timely decisions, and reduce costs of operations through new technologies. This session will also showcase the roadmap for PeopleSoft Financials planned through the delivery of PeopleSoft Update Images to support continuous collaboration and productivity needed to support your organization’s business growth.

PeopleSoft HCM Update and Roadmap

Tuesday, July 16 from 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

A must-attend session for any PeopleSoft user running any HCM module. This session will provide an overview and product demonstrations of the key areas of investments for all of the HCM product areas – HR, Payroll, Time and Labor, Talent, HR HelpDesk, and everything in between. If you are curious about what new features you can expect in PeopleSoft HCM over the next 12-18 months, be sure not to miss this session.

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Technology Update and Roadmap

Tuesday, July 16 from 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Oracle has produced game-changing results for customers with its latest PeopleSoft applications and PeopleTools. In this session, you will hear how PeopleSoft plans to further increase the value of the applications by adopting key technology innovations. You will see what is next for PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, Oracle’s full suite of cloud-ready lifecycle management tools (including PeopleSoft Cloud Manager), simplified analytics, and more. Oracle’s strategy is to continue to extend the value of your PeopleSoft investment.

Big Takeaways from RECONNECT

Thursday, July 18 from 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

As the RECONNECT conference starts to wind down, you may be asking yourself, “What should I be taking away from the event?” In this session, Rebekah Jackson will host an interactive discussion on the major points from the conference. After this session, you will be equipped to go back to your PeopleSoft team and share what you learned.

Key Vendor Sessions

There are also a few key vendor sessions to keep an out for while you’re at RECONNECT. This is not a comprehensive list of all of the vendor sessions going on at RECONNECT by any means.

Get to the Real Work! – How innovation will free you from manual tasks of today’s business process.

Tuesday, July 16 from 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Presented by Mark Brousseau, Canon Information and Imaging Solutions

The office of the future is already here, with capabilities that open entirely new realms of automation and process improvement. How will the innovation affect your PeopleSoft based business processes? Join the session by Canon, leader in digital imaging solutions, to hear us share our experience with applying innovative technologies to business processes for our clients. We will show you examples of challenges in Finance, Accounting and Procurement solved with smart technologies, and the impressive new possibilities to transform operations, minimize risks, and support business decisions.

  • Learn how intelligent technologies can transform functional areas from cost centers to profit centers.
  • Find out what are the transformation priorities for companies, and what will their processes look like 5 years from now.
  • Hear insights based on the perspectives gathered from Canon’s R&D labs, business consultants, and clients embarking on digital transformation.

The PeopleSoft Reporting Time-Saver

Wednesday, July 17 from 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Presented by Sue Maloney, Director, Solutions Enablement insightsoftware

Are you tired of manually downloading, extracting, and re-keying in your financial reporting? Would you prefer an automated process that empowers users to build their own reports and have more time for analysis? Join us to discover how other PeopleSoft users have gained advanced ad hoc reporting capabilities. You’ll see how they were able to significantly increase timeliness, efficiency, and accuracy in their reporting processes without leaving Excel.

Agenda Builder

Before you head to conference, you may want to start planning out what sessions you’re going to attend while you’re at RECONNECT. All of the sessions will be listed in the Onsite Guide that you get at check-in, but you can also save sessions to your agenda online using our Agenda Builder tool. In the tool, you will get a full list of sessions sorted by date and time, locations of each session, the speaker, track, and abstract for each session, a list of exhibitors, maps of the conference, and your personalized agenda that is home to all of the sessions that you’ve saved. You can search for sessions based on keywords, categories, session date, session type, etc. You can also search for exhibitors, booth numbers, and find exhibitors by state (in case you want someone local to you!).

You can also create and save personal events to your agenda, which can be helpful if you’re having meetings or breakfast/lunch/dinner plans throughout the week. You’ll have a complete, comprehensive schedule all in one place!

After you save sessions and personal events to your agenda, you can export them to your calendar or print out your personalized agenda!

Agenda-Builder

For more on what you can do with the Agenda Builder, check out the full RECONNECT 19 Attendee Orientation video below.

Networking Opportunities

There will be 16 networking opportunities available throughout the week at RECONNECT.

SIG and PUG Meetings

We have several Special Interest Group (SIG) and Product User Group (PUG) meetings, including:

  • Asset Management and Project Costing SIG
  • Benefits SIG
  • Billing and Accounts Receivable SIG
  • General Ledger SIG
  • Human Capital Management PUG
  • Maintenance Management SIG
  • Payroll for North America SIG
  • Supply Chain Management SIG
  • Technology SIG
  • Treasury SIG

These groups are a great way to meet other customers that are currently using or are interested in using the same product as you.

Networking Lunches

There will also be networking opportunities available through Attendee Lunch Networking Tables. This will occur during lunch on both Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18.

On Wednesday, July 17, the networking lunch will feature different tables for hot topics like:

  • Configuration
  • Financials Reporting
  • Fluid – FSCM
  • Fluid – HCM
  • HCM Self-Service
  • PeopleSoft in the Cloud
  • Selective Adoption
  • Testing
  • WorkCenters
  • HCM Employee Onboarding
  • Financials Payables and eSettlement

On Thursday, July 18, the networking lunch will feature different tables based on regions, including:

  • International
  • Northeast
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Southeast
  • Tri-State
  • Midwest
  • Upper Midwest
  • Southwest
  • Northwest
  • West

Simply sign up for the topic or region that you want to meet with, and then enjoy some lunch with users that have the same interest or region as you! The tables for networking will be indicated by black tablecloths (the others will be white).

There are additional networking opportunities available each day:

Tuesday, July 16

  • 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM – Welcome Networking Reception (sponsored by Presence of IT)

Wednesday, July 17

  • 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Exhibitor Showcase
  • 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Speed Networking (must pre-register)
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM – Quest for Good
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – RECONNECT Super Hero Social (sponsored by Regents Consulting)

Thursday, July 18

  • 7:30 AM – 11:15 AM – Exhibitor Showcase

What to Bring

When you’re packing for RECONNECT 19, don’t forget these important items:

  • Business casual clothes – Don’t forget layers!
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Business cards
  • Agenda
  • Superhero attire!

If you have any additional questions, reach out to the following Quest staff members:

To watch the full RECONNECT 19 Attendee Orientation, check out the video below. We can’t wait to see you all in Rosemont next week!

Additional Resources

To learn from the experiences of your peers within the Quest Oracle Community, check out the PeopleSoft Customer Stories page that houses 30+ PeopleSoft customer stories about Selective Adoption, user experience, PeopleSoft in the Cloud, PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, PeopleSoft Enterprise Resource Planning, and PeopleSoft tools and technology!