Planisware's 2018
User Summit
North America

May 16-17 at the Hotel Nikko Union Square
San Francisco

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Our largest annual customer meet-up in North America 

Leading product development, R&D, and engineering organizations from around the world gathered for two days of customer case studies, round table discussions, software-focused workshops, and a sneak peek at what's coming up in all things Planisware. It was a unique and exclusive opportunity to network and learn from Planisware consultants, industry experts, and peers. 



2018 User Summit North America Recap Video






The trip report provides a summary of insights from the User Summit.


Planisware User Summit North America 2018 Trip Report
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Check out our full agenda and presenter bios in our brochure.


Planisware User Summit North America 2018 Brochure
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Videos and all documentation are accessible to customers via MyPortal.

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Non-customers: Please contact to receive access to all summit presentations and documents.





Why attend?

  • Learn from PPM case studies. Hear how different organizations have been able to transform their PMO and portfolio, product, program, project and resource management challenges into successes.
  • Engage with industry thought leaders. Join workshops and round tables to learn tactics and best practices that you can incorporate into your own business processes.
  • Exchange best practices with your peers. Meet fellow PPM professionals and Planisware users through interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities.
  • Discover more about Planisware solutions. Find out the latest product enhancements and participate in product workshops that show you how to maximize your experience with the tool.
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At the User Summit













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  • Alcon

  • Allergan

  • Amgen, Inc.

  • Astellas

  • AstraZeneca

  • Battelle

  • Beam Suntory

  • Biogen

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Boehringer Ingelheim

  • CAE

  • Chiesi

  • Daiichi Sankyo

  • Elanco

  • Eli Lilly & Company

  • EMD Serono

  • Ferring

  • Ford Motor Company

  • Genentech

  • Grunenthal

  • GSK Pharma

  • GSK Vaccines

  • Halozyme Therapeutics

  • Huawei

  • Ipreo

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals

  • JNJ - Pharma

  • JNJ - Medical Device

  • MedImmune

  • Michelin

  • MSA Safety

  • Montana DOT

  • Novartis

  • Novozymes

  • Pfizer

  • Roche Diagnostics

  • Sanofi

  • Saudi Aramco

  • Schneider Electric

  • Sunovion

  • Syngenta

  • Tenneco

  • United Launch Alliance

  • Whirlpool

  • Zebra Technologies


What Attendees Said

Excellent! Very thoughtful sessions and opportunities to network.

Director, Business Resource Management, Astellas

All the topics were important and informative. They're all worthy of my time and I picked up a lot of lessons and good practices.

Global Leader in PPM, Amgen, on customer presentations

Networking, customer presentations and Planisware's new features.

Project Analyst, CAE, on most valuable aspects of the summit

It's nice to see new ways to use the tool! Very thoughtful approach to discussions.

 Director, Eli Lilly, on interactive group breakouts



Richard Amori

Technology Integration Specialist
Ford Motor Company

Brian Beattie

Senior Manager, Business Technology

Jennifer Biggs

Operations Manager, Global Commercialization
Beam Suntory

Andrew Cheng

Business Capability Analyst, R&D Strategy and Planning

Michael Connolley

Director, Project Coordination and Resource Management
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Melquiades de Jesus

Program manager Idea-to-Market

Pierre Demonsant

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Denove

Sr. Resource Forecasting Manager

Laurie-Ann Difilippo

IPS, Portfolio Services

Anthony Di Stefano

Director, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences R&D Advisory
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Nick Duncan

Global Commercialization Systems Lead
Beam Suntory

Hannah Everard

Program & Portfolio Manager

Tori Fleek

Senior Consultant, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences R&D Advisory
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Todd Hitt

Senior Program Manager

Pierre Hulin


Amy Huynh

Sr. Program Manager - Product & Portfolio Management

Jo James

Associate Director, R&D Business Operations

Dr. Kenneth B. Kahn, Ph.D

Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean
School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University

Gilles Lavalou

Vice President
Planisware Orchestra

Lori Lovens

Innovation Savvy

Dr. Michael Menke

Value Creation Associates

Mark Miller

Director of Client Services

Mark Nelson

Director, Innovation & PPM Practices

Carlos Nunes

Director/Team Leader of StratCO Business Analytics

Paul O'Connor

The Adept Group

Colin Palombo

Innovation Framework Technologies LLC

Disha Patel

Sr. Lead Information Systems – Commercialization and PPM Services

Chris Poole

Managing Partner
Bizmotion LLC

Aimee Rodrigues

Head R&D Resource Capabilities
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Daniel Rosan

Director of R&D Resource and Performance Management

Grégory Sabathé

Marketing Director
Planisware Orchestra

Eric Schuetzler

Senior Director, Global Commercialization & Contract Manufacturing
Beam Suntory

Raffi Shnorhokian

Manager, Project Management Department
CAE Inc.

Mark Trevor

Head of Resource Management Foundation

Antoine Villata

CEO, North America


Platinum Sponsor

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is one of the world’s largest providers of business advisory services. PwC’s dedicated R&D Advisory Team is made up of over 100 global practitioners with a powerful combination of industry and management consulting experience that hold advanced scientific, business, medical, and engineering degrees. For over 17 years, PwC has partnered with over 20 clients, enabling industry leading solutions for R&D portfolio, planning, and resource management utilizing PwC’s proprietary IOBP methodology (Integrated Operations and Business Planning).


Gold Sponsor

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms. We help clients achieve their goals, including becoming customer-centric digital organizations, through high-end IT and business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services combined with a unique client proximity model and global center of excellence network.





Tuesday, May 15th (Pre-summit workshops and welcome reception)
Wednesday, May 16th (Day 1, view full agenda)
Thursday, May 17th (Day 2, view full agenda)


Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-394-1111


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