FOCUS 2015 – Highlights From Day Two

The second day at FOCUS proved to be as fun and informative as the first – maybe even a bit more!  Tuesday’s General Session began with a step back in time video that walked the audience through JDA’s 30 year history.  From JDA’s inception in 1985; to the first customer event in 2005; through all of the acquisitions; to 2014’s new identity – plan to deliver; to now.

The General Session continued with two customer speakers and representatives from JDA’s Special Interest Groups (SIG) team.  The first customer to present was Rich Beck, SVP of Global Operations at PepsiCo.  Rich explained that PepsiCo is a $66B company with 22 brands.  They are celebrating their 50 year anniversary, and have enjoyed a 20 year partnership with JDA. Rich presented a slide, shown below, that depicted the supply chain evolution of PepsiCo. It was basically a map of the world showing flags where JDA solutions are implemented. Very powerful!

PepsiCo JDA Map

Next to the podium was John Washington, Senior Director of Global Supply Chain at Edwards Lifesciences.  Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, with products sold in 100 countries and revenue of $2.3B. In keeping with Edwards’ credo that patients are always first, John presented an interesting depiction of how doctors use their premiere heart valve to treat patients and save lives.

John was followed by SIG president, George Frongillo from Staples, and new SIG member, Tony Simmons from GENCO.  George and Tony were joined for a Q&A with host Mark Jeffries.

The audience was then treated to a fantastic show by speaker and artist extraordinaire, Erik Wahl. While painting pictures of U2’s Bono and Albert Einstein, Erik urged and challenged the audience to take risks, unlock their potential, adopt disruptive strategies, and re-awaken their childlike creativity to plan to deliver.  Erik’s presentation and associated videos were funny, insightful, awe-inspiring, and extremely moving.  I saw more than a few attendees wiping away tears while viewing the video of service members reuniting with their families. The paintings that Erik did on stage were phenomenal.  He actually painted a picture of Einstein upside down, so the audience didn’t realize the subject until he flipped the painting over.

Erik Wahl and Bono

Erik Wahl and Einstein

FOCUS 2015 wrapped up with the Customer Party at Universal Studios.  Set on the New York Street, attendees were treated to great food, fun rides, and a fantastic show by Pat Monahan of the band Train.

Customer Party

I hope that all attendees enjoyed FOCUS 2015 and, from all of us at JDA, I wish everyone safe travels. We look forward to seeing you again next year at FOCUS 2016!

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