For more than a quarter-century, Ultimate Software has been doing whatever it takes to help you put your people first. From the very first release of our product to our leap into the cloud and across the globe, we’ve never taken our eyes off the prize: delivering the tools you need to empower your employees every day of the year.
Tuesday, March 24th marks the start of our annual customer and partner forum in Las Vegas, Connections. This year, however, is something special. 2015 marks a true milestone: Ultimate’s 25th anniversary. More than 1,800 payroll, HR and talent professionals from across North America will be joining us at the Bellagio to connect and network with their peers, hear from inspiring and motivational figures, gain new insights into UltiPro and the future of our solutions… and have a good time while they’re at it.
Throughout our 25 years, we’ve stayed true to the fundamental belief that people—their strength, resilience, creativity, and determination—are the core drivers of business success. To that end, the theme of Connections 2015 is “Unlock Your People Potential.” We’re celebrating the power of people with more options and opportunities than ever. Throughout the four-day conference, we’ll offer breakout sessions on a huge variety of topics through 11 special-interest tracks including industry best practices, getting the most out of UltiPro, and maximizing employee effectiveness. Based on popular demand, we’re even adding 500 more seats for our optional UltiPro Hands-on Learning sessions.
Our outstanding keynote speakers for Connections 2015 will amaze, inspire and inform. You’ll hear first from one of my personal heroes, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.—a legendary NBA star and hall-of-famer as well as entrepreneur and philanthropist, whose company has become the #1 brand in urban America. Simon Sinek, one of the true visionary thinkers of his time, will be there to share his remarkable research on insight into how leaders, think, act and communicate, as well as how this translates into a fulfilling work environment. Simon is a trained ethnographer and the author of two best-selling books, including Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Finally, on Friday, renowned corporate speaker, businessman and artist Erik Wahl will demonstrate his inspiring technique using on-stage painting as a powerful visual metaphor for his message of innovation and business success. And at our Customer Appreciation Party in the evening, we’re thrilled to host Michael Bublé, one of the most beloved singer-songwriters in the world.
Of course, I’m also excited to show off our product roadmap for the coming year and share some of the things my team have been passionate about lately. And whether you’re a first time attendee or a Connections vet, you might just encounter some 25th anniversary surprises that we don’t want to spoil. As always, be sure to follow all the action on Twitter at #UltiConnect even if you can’t join us in person. See you in Vegas!