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EVOLVE19 Conference Solidifies ASG’s Momentum

For everyone who attended EVOLVE19 last week, one thing was made clear: 2019 has been a pivotal year for event-room-pic.jpgASG. Not only was the event a huge success, but it captured what ASG’s CEO, Charles Sansbury, called a “moment of lift.” The phrase, used to describe when rocket ships take off, is the point at which hard work finally results in upward vertical motion and—as Charles said in his keynote—also speaks to the incredible transition ASG is experiencing. EVOLVE19 helped skyrocket ASG’s transformation.

For those who couldn’t make it, here are a few quick highlights from ASG’s third annual user conference.

Highest Attendance Ever
EVOLVE19 grew 2x since last year and 4x since the year before, reflecting ASG’s upward trajectory. We had over 300+ attendees onsite with over 1,000 more tuning into the live streams of our general sessions from around the world. ASG was proud to host our Executive Summit Customers and members of our Partner Advisory Council. This included the winners of the 2019 ASG Excellence Awards: Zia Consulting for Partner of the Year and American Fidelity Assurance for Innovator of the Year.

From the Demo Zone, featuring facetime with Partners and their technologies, to ASG’s Innovation Station, run by our own architects, there was no shortage of activity.

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A Front Seat to the Company Roadmapexec-pic.jpg
ASG executives took the stage to discuss the direction of ASG, including our latest product announcements, patent-pending technologies and plans for the future. Over the past few years, ASG has focused inwardly on the idea of “pragmatic innovation,” which Charles defined as listening to where ASG Customers want to go and building products to fuel that vision. Now that ASG has recast our products and built a strong company foundation, we are at that “moment of lift.”

As Charles said, this year kicks off ASG’s efforts to being externally focused, doubling down on Customers’ experiences, product investments and how ASG can be a better partner to them. This is just the latest leg of ASG’s ongoing mission: to provide solutions that extend the value of our Customers’ core investments while also expanding into new technologies, such as automation, RPA and more.

Inspiring Keynotes
Mike Walsh, Futurist and CEO of Tomorrow, joined ASG for the second year in a row. He delivered a compelling keynote on the future of experiences, and how technologies—especially artificial intelligence (AI) and automation—are changing our interactions and interfaces. Top takeaways from his presentation included:
  • By 2030, we will have entered an entirely algorithmic world, in which customers will be used to experiences that data has created expressly for them
  • The 21st century is calling for a new leader—an algorithmic leader—who can leverage data, AI and automation to deliver compelling customer experiences
  • 21st century leaders must create a culture that enables digital transformation by making “a safe space for dangerous ideas”
  • Leaders must also know how to balance human empathy and computational thinking—implementing new technologies while also elevating the role of people within the organization
ASG also hosted fireside chats with Paul Muller, EVOLVE19 MC and Co-Founder of Denting the Universe, and Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder and Chairman of Constellation Research, Inc., as well as a Partner panel with Zia Consulting, Ephesoft and Accenture. Top topics included:
  • The tension between privacy and convenience
  • The reliability and importance of the mainframe
  • Why DevOps are more important than ever
Second Annual Women Leaders in Technology Lunch
The Women Leaders in Technology (WLIT) lunch was undoubtedly a standout staple of EVOLVE19. With 4x as many attendees as last year, ASG Customers, Partners and employees had the opportunity to share powerful stories about their experiences and lessons learned in the industry. As corporate culture and diversity remain top of mind for ASG, the WLIT lunch is sure to be a pillar at EVOLVE in the years to come. Thanks again to our panel of WLIT rock stars: Sue Laine, VP Strategic Technologies, ASG Technologies; Durga Yerramilli, Manager, Data Business Group, GTM Lead for Intelligent Data Discovery, Accenture; Marci Maddox, Research Manager, Enterprise Content Strategies, IDC; and Maura Fitzgerald, Founder and Partner, Version 2.0 Communications.

Perhaps the most exciting piece of EVOLVE19 were the announcements made by ASG’s Swamy Viswanathan, Chuck Neal and Jeff Cherrington. Stay tuned for our next blog post detailing our latest product updates—and thank you to everyone who made EVOLVE19 the major success that it was.