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A look back at Conga Connect Orlando

Kelli Blystone

March 12, 2020

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Now that we’ve had time to reflect on Conga Connect Orlando, we’re ready to share our favorite parts of the magical few days we spent with our customers and partners. 

First, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our customers, partners, sponsors, employees, and speakers for helping us put on our best Conga Connect yet! We had a 91 percent attendance rate, which is almost unheard of in the industry! We couldn’t have done it without the hard work from our team, and the feedback we received from our loyal customers and partners.

Here’s a little bit of what we experienced while in Orlando:

We asked attendees to help us out by leaving reviews for our solutions on G2 Crowd. In return, we were able to donate $10 per review to the American Cancer Society. We're pleased to announce we donated a total of $940!

Inspiring keynote speakers

We were thrilled to welcome Alex Morgan to the main stage to kick off day one of Connect. Alex participated in a Q & A style interview with our VP of Global Marketing, Esther Flammer, where Alex spoke to challenging the status quo both on and off the soccer field. She shared how she believes that change is a necessity in life, and empowerment is key to succeeding in effecting change. She referenced building a community and bridging the gap between different industries to find that empowerment—that agents of change are much stronger when taking a stance together.

On day two, R “Ray” Wang, head of Silicon Valley-based company Constellation Research, brought his infectious energy to the stage to engage a somewhat sleepy crowd (after a late night at Universal Studios!) and get them ready for another day of learning. 

Ray’s presentation explored why digital business disruption is no longer an option, but a necessity. He shared how the shifts in our social, organizational, and technological expectations have required a new way of thinking about business. The audience walked away with best practices and ideas for how they can engage in digital transformation to disrupt any industry.

Daymond John, known for his global fashion empire, FUBU, and his starring role on ABC’s Shark Tank, followed Ray Wang for our second keynote of the day. Daymond took us through his career and how, with no formal business training, he went from driving cabs and waiting tables to become the business mogul he is today. 

Daymond shared the exact goal-setting strategies that he attributes to his success and taught the audience how to incorporate them into their own endeavors with newfound focus and determination. Daymond’s presentation was truly unique, paired with a sensational musical playlist and given in his charismatic style, he energized the room and set the tone for the rest of the day. Daymond followed his keynote with a meet-and-greet and book signing.

Agents of Change

At Conga, we celebrate the people driving change in their organizations, disrupting the status quo for the sake of progress. They are often behind the scenes, knocking down barriers and solving problems. At Connect Orlando, we wanted to recognize some of the Conga customers who are championing change at their organizations, so we held an awards ceremony to kick off the second day to celebrate them!

Balentine - The Integrator
Balentine created a fully-integrated solution with workflow automation to achieve faster business processes using: Conga Composer, Conga Orchestrate, Conga Sign

Nike - The Facilitator
NIke transitioned to a purpose-built Salesforce solution for sales and legal teams to achieve consistency and compliance across global contract experience using: Conga Composer - Enterprise, Conga Contracts for Salesforce - Enterprise, Conga Batch/Trigger, Conga Grid, Conga Sign, Conga Orchestrate

Numerix - The Self-Starter
Numerix transformed manual process to a complete end-to-end contract management solution using: Conga Composer - Enterprise, Conga Contracts for Salesforce - Enterprise, Conga Grid, Conga Sign, Conga Orchestrate

Pure Cars - The Visionary 
Pure Cars empowered sales teams through contract lifecycle management solution and     clause library using: Conga Composer - Enterprise, Conga Contracts for Salesforce - Enterprise, Conga Batch/Trigger, Conga Grid, Conga Sign, Conga Orchestrate

This year, we also had the strongest partner presence ever with seven sponsors: Salesforce; Simplus; ATG, a Cognizant Company; Navint (Statera); Xceede; Coastal Cloud; and HBR Consulting. Conga recognized four of those partners during the Agents of Change awards.

Four of our consulting partners based in the Americas region earned Partner of the Year awards in their partner tier. These partners are measured for their product training and certification attainment, and Conga customer success achievements.

  • 2020 Silver Partner of the Year - 17 Grapes
  • 2020 Gold Partner of the Year - Coastal Cloud
  • 2020 Platinum Partner of the Year - ATG, a Cognizant Co. 
  • 2020 Global Partner of the Year - Simplus, an Infosys Co 

Engaging sessions, interactive booths, and more

As always, we offered one-on-one time with Conga experts at our Solution and Demo stations. And this year, we reimagined the agenda with tons of hands-on training sessions where some of our Conga University courses came to life with in-person instructors. 

We were also excited to welcome guest speakers like Vala Afshar, Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce, and Andy Bartels, VP, Principal Analyst at Forrester, to our breakout sessions.

Some of our sessions were extremely popular—like our product roadmap session—and we, unfortunately, had to turn people away due to rooms being at capacity. Inspired by the energy and learning from the conference, we’ve taken the most popular breakout sessions and are spinning them up for a virtual Connect webinar series. 

Sign up for one, or register for them all, to better understand how Conga’s suite of products and services can continue to accelerate your business. Just click the title(s) that speak to you! 

Composer’s NEW Advanced Features
March 19, 1:00 - 2:00 PM MST
Join this session and learn about Conga Composer's new advanced features that will help you and your teams better influence decision making, improve pipeline forecasting, and accelerate deals using real-time visibility of the buyer's document engagement. Register now.

Conga roadmap: the technology behind agents of change
March 25, 10:30 - 11:30 AM MST
In this session, Conga’s CTO & CPO Doug Rybacki and guests will show you new innovations to help you truly engage with your customers through changing the way you work. Register now.

Boost your efficiency and protect your business with the new Clause Library
April 1, 9:30 - 10:30 AM MST
Contracts users can enjoy all clause related activities in one centralized place with new clause configurations, comparisons, and more! Join product manager, Bobby Johnson, to learn all about the Clause Library and best practices to effectively leverage the library to boost your efficiencies. Register now.

Improving business intelligence with Grid Graphs
April 14, 9:30 - 10:15 AM MST
Many customers leverage Conga Grid to provide bulk updates to Salesforce records, manage sales pipelines or task queues, or as a hub to their Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) efforts, but Grid can do so much more! In this session we will deep dive into how to more easily share data with Grid Graphs, Conga Grid’s new data visualization tool. Register now.

Leveraging Conga Sign to manage your Salesforce data
April 21, 9:30 - 10:00 AM MST
With Conga Sign writeback tags, you can collect and update data to the associated Salesforce record as part of your signing process. In this session, we will review the concept of writeback tags, provide a tutorial of how to add them to a document sent with Conga Sign, and review the beneficial use cases our customers have shared. Register now

An exclusive evening at Universal Studios

We couldn't make it through a recap of Connect Orlando without mentioning (or showing!) all the fun we had at our exclusive party at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Orlando Resort. Take a look at just a few of the photos from the night:

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See you in 2021!

 

Kelli Blystone

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