Quantivate’s 2018 User Conference, Quantivate Connect, launched last week with two days of learning and insights from Quantivate team members as well as guest speakers from organizations including GRC 20/20, Rivial Security, and Farleigh Wada Witt. Attendees gathered at Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle to hear from industry experts, delving into valuable GRC strategies and advanced techniques for using Quantivate’s GRC software suite.
Events kicked off with a pre-conference welcome reception on Wednesday evening for early arrivers.
Conference sessions opened on Thursday with a keynote presentation from guest speaker Michael Rasmussen of GRC 20/20, who explored the challenges of effective risk and compliance management in a changing risk landscape and the importance of a mature GRC program.
Quantivate CEO Andy Vanderhoff followed with an overview of Quantivate’s vision for effective GRC management, offering value creation tips for vendor management, business continuity, enterprise risk management, and other categories. He also reviewed some tips for success and mistakes to avoid as organizations develop an efficient GRC program.
Day 1 continued with some product-focused sessions. Quantivate’s SVP of Product Development Julia O’Connell walked users through Quantivate’s product roadmap, and learning specialist Wayne Wayson led a hands-on platform training session.
The last presentations of the day focused on four specific GRC topics and how to maximize their management with Quantivate’s software solutions.
William Hord, Quantivate’s VP of ERM Services, explored strategies for more effective organizational risk management through developing key risk indicators, or KRIs.
Quantivate services analyst Brian Thompson reviewed some of the processes involved in building a comprehensive business continuity program, including business impact analysis, risk assessment, and business continuity planning.
One of Quantivate’s customers, ACI Worldwide, shared a case study in vendor management and some of their successes using Quantivate’s Vendor Management Software module to unify their third-party risk management processes.
After an information-packed day, attendees joined Quantivate’s co-founders Andy Vanderhoff and Paul Rorberg for a Washington wine tasting, followed by a buffet dinner.
Day 2 began with a keynote session from Quantivate partner Brian Witt of law firm Farleigh Wada Witt, who drew on his legal expertise to share some insider insights about upcoming regulatory changes in the fintech sector and their impact on vendor management.
On both Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, attendees had their choice of several breakout training sessions, which covered advanced techniques for using Quantivate software features like dashboards, reporting tools, and notifications.
Friday morning’s final sessions focused on best practices and success strategies. Joseph Rivas and Ryan Bergevin, members of Quantivate’s Vendor Management Services team, presented some vendor management recommendations, sharing tips for vendor classification and due diligence.
Julia O’Connell then returned to the stage with some best practices for compliance and internal audit management. She also outlined how users can leverage the functionality in Quantivate’s Regulatory Compliance and Internal Audit software modules more effectively.
A panel discussion featuring Quantivate’s leadership team joined by Brian Witt wrapped up the conference on a high note.
Thank you to all the customers, partners, and guests who helped make Quantivate’s first User Conference a success!
Attendees shared that they enjoyed networking and took away valuable insights from the sessions and training workshops. We look forward to building on this experience and your feedback for future conferences.