After two years of enduring virtual Splash user conferences the OneStream community was clearly ready to return to a live event in 2022 based on the pre-conference registration numbers and final attendance. When it finally came to be, we had nearly 1800 live attendees in San Antonio and over 800 virtual attendees as well.  Read on to hear about the highlights of Splash San Antonio and the location of next year’s user conference and partner summit.

OneStream Splashes Down in San Antonio

On May 23, 2022, nearly 1800 customers, prospective customers, partners, employees, and other guests from the OneStream ecosystem began to descend upon San Antonio, TX for the Splash User Conference and Partner Summit.  This event was several years in the making, given the last live Splash conference we had in North America was in New Orleans in 2019.

In 2020 and 2021 the conference was forced to go virtual due to the global pandemic.  And even though the pandemic isn’t completely behind us, the OneStream community was ready to get back together in person again.  The energy level at the event was amazing and the convention center environment and scale that we have reached with the Splash conference made a big impression on everyone who attended.  The feedback during and after the event was very positive from all who attended both in person, and virtually.  Here’s a recap of the highlights from Splash 2022.

Day 1 – Workshops, Partner Summit, and Opening Reception

Day 1 at Splash is always somewhat of a warm-up for the event, with most of the guests arriving throughout the day, while the early birds attended hands-on workshops, drop-in demos, and the partner summit.

Live certification testing also took place, giving OneStream consultants, partners, and customers the opportunity to become a member of the elite OneStream Certified community by successfully completing the OneStream Certified Professional (OCP) – Lead Architect exam.  This year, the virtual Splash program kicked off on Day 1 as well.

The workshops included hands-on workshops for prospective customers, introductory workshops designed for OneStream customers looking to gain more exposure to functional concepts within OneStream, and advanced workshops designed for seasoned OneStream users.

Day 1 also included the annual Splash Gives Back event, where members of the OneStream community volunteer their time to leave our host city a little better than we found it. This year’s focus was the San Antonio Food Bank.

But the conference really got into high gear at the Splash Welcome Reception which was held in the lower level of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which runs right along the San Antonio Riverwalk.  Here, attendees were treated to a number of refreshments, food stations, live entertainment, and even a live Texas Longhorn cattle for pictures!

                   

Day 2 – Keynote, Partner Expo, Breakout Sessions, Drop-in Demos, and More!

Day 2 at Splash San Antonio kicked off with the grand opening of the Partner Expo followed by the opening keynote session.

This year’s keynote was kicked off by OneStream Chief Revenue Officer Ken Hohenstein, who welcomed everyone to San Antonio and highlighted the tremendous growth we’ve seen in the OneStream community since the last live Splash event in 2019.  This includes growing our global customer base from 300 to over 950+ customers in 35 countries around the globe in 2022.

Mr. Hohenstein gave a shout-out to our 37 partner sponsors, then introduced OneStream President Craig Colby for his keynote address with the theme of “Driving Exponential Value.”  The concept he emphasized here is that the more you do – the more you can do, and the more value you get from your OneStream investment as a customer.  So as organizations extend their OneStream implementations and deploy additional solutions that build on their initial work, they drive exponential value to their businesses. And the journey never ends!

He supported this concept with some customer video testimonials as well as previews of several customer success stories that would be featured at Splash and the value they have derived to date. One of these is Arch Capital who saw a 65% improvement in time spent on the financial close and 50% improvement in account reconciliations – freeing up its Finance team to spend more time on value-added activities to support the business.

Mr. Colby then highlighted some of the new innovations OneStream is driving to ensure customers continue to get exponential value from their investment.  This included the Browser UX initiative, Sensible Machine Learning solution, CPM Blueprint, and new offerings being launched by OneStream Global Education Services.

After Mr. Colby’s address, Ken Hohenstein returned to the stage to kick off the Splash customer panel.  The panel included Erica Musgrove from Asurion, Kristen Fisher from Oshkosh Corporation, Jan de Leeuw from Ingram Micro, and Robert Bixler from United States Coast Guard who shared stories about their OneStream journeys and the value our platform and solutions are delivering to their business.

When the keynote session ended, the audience was unleashed to attend breakout sessions, visit the partner expo and drop-in demos, participate in certification testing, and connect with other members of the OneStream community.  Key Day 1 breakout sessions included What’s New and What’s Coming in the OneStream Platform, several sessions on Sensible Machine Learning, Aligning ESG Reporting with Financial Reporting, customer success stories, tips & tricks, and many other topics.

Day 3 – More Breakout Sessions and Some Laughs

Day 3 at Splash San Antonio kicked off with the annual Splash Fun Run at 7 AM, followed by the Women in Finance Breakfast and Panel, featuring several customers and OneStream executives discussing how modern leaders use intelligence finance for organizational collaboration, building bridges, and career development.

Day 2 continued with more breakout sessions throughout the day, certification testing, the partner expo, drop-in demos, and lots of networking.  In fact, during the course of the conference, a wide variety of use cases for the OneStream platform were highlighted, as indicated in the keynote slide above.

The highlight of the day was the afternoon keynote session featuring comedian Kathleen Madigan. In her 32-year comedy career, Ms. Madigan has been touring 250 nights a year on the road and has risen from performing in comedy clubs to performing in marquee theaters with sold-out shows, over 40 appearances on late-night talk shows, and multiple comedy specials airing on Netflix, Comedy Central, and HBO.  After enduring the past two years of the pandemic, we were all ready for a laugh and Ms. Madigan delivered – in a non-stop monologue of commentary and stories that had the audience in stitches and primed for the Splash Night Out celebration Wednesday evening.

The fiesta-themed Splash Night Out was held at the Witte Museum, one of San Antonio’s main cultural attractions.  With ample indoor and outdoor space to handle the crowd, we had a beautiful night that included Mexican-themed food and drinks, multiple performing groups, and even a couple of alpacas for picture-taking.  A great night was had by all!

Day 4 – Closing Session and 2023 Location Reveal

Although the attendance was a little lighter on Thursday morning following the big party, Splash Day 4 wrapped up with several breakout sessions followed by a closing awards session and the reveal of the conference location for 2023.   Wait for it……………………….the location is National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC and the dates are April 17 – 20, 2023.  Mark your calendars, and if you can’t wait that long there’s always Splash Paris, which is happening September 14 – 16, 2022.  More details to come on that.

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In case you missed some sessions or the entire event, there is an opportunity for registered attendees to relive Splash San Antonio via the virtual platform, which you can find at this link.  Many thanks to all who attended and made Splash San Antonio a huge success, especially the OneStream employees and partners who worked so hard in planning and executing this year’s conference.  See y’all next year in Washington DC, or at Splash Paris!

Watch Splash

Well – the OneStream Marketing team thought we had a good chance of hosting an in-person Splash User Conference this year by pushing it from May to August of 2021.  And by late July things were looking good with the pandemic and our registrations going over 1200 for the event.  But the Delta variant had different plans and in early August we made the decision to turn Splash into a Virtual Experience.

The event was missing the personal interactions we would have had in Orlando, but thanks to the virtual event platform we still had a successful event.  In fact, we finished up with over 1400 registrations for the Splash Virtual Experience which ran from August 30 – September 1st.  The event included over 30 hours of content – including the keynote, partner summit, breakout sessions, virtual meetups, discussion forums, trivia contests, and awards.  Here’s a recap of the key highlights from the Splash 2021 Virtual Experience.

Day 1 – Customer Success, Roadmaps, and Partner Summit

Day 1 of the Splash Virtual Experience opened with some breakout sessions focused on customer success stories, tips & tricks, and product updates.  One of the featured sessions was about how the well-known professional football league, “LaLiga Scored a Championship Victory” by moving to OneStream for their planning, budgeting, and forecasting process.  Another interesting session focused on “How NewsCorp Replaced Four HFM Applications and Achieved One Version of the Truth with OneStream.”

The morning agenda also included two important product update sessions from OneStream covering the OneStream Platform and MarketPlace.  These sessions highlighted the innovations introduced in the OneStream platform in the past 12 months, new OneStream MarketPlace solutions such as Application Control Manager and enhancements to other solutions, as well as what’s on the roadmap for the next 12 months.

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The middle of the day agenda included several virtual “meetups” and drop-in demos, as well as our Virtual Partner Summit with over 150 attendees from our global partners.  The afternoon agenda included several innovative customer success stories.  Some of the key sessions here included:

Day 2 – Keynotes, Customer Success, AI, and Machine Learning

Day 2 of the Splash Virtual Experience opened with some early morning breakout sessions for our friends in EMEA, including one highlighting “How EFG Bank Transformed their Budgeting and Planning process with OneStream.” This was followed by some drop-in demos and a virtual yoga session – taking care of our OneStreamers!

Splash recap Tom Shea

The keynote session with the theme of “Leading @ Speed” commenced at 10 AM ET led by OneStream CEO Tom Shea, President Craig Colby, and a panel of OneStream customers sharing their success stories. During his segment, Tom Shea spoke about the increasing pressure the past 18 months of the pandemic have put on Finance teams and the increased expectations for them to move beyond financial reporting and planning – to delivering near real-time financial signaling capabilities for managers.  He highlighted the evolution of FP&A to xP&A (eXtended Planning and Analysis), aligning financial and operational planning and driving the need to turn large amounts of data into valuable business insights that support decision-making.

This led into Mr. Shea’s unveiling of the latest innovation to the OneStream platform, adding artificial intelligence (AI) services, and a new MarketPlace solution called Sensible ML that will enable finance and operations teams to easily incorporate advanced forecasting and other ML techniques into their existing planning processes.  Leveraging Auto AI capabilities, OneStream’s approach will enable customers to leverage large volumes of internal and external data, build and deploy thousands of ML models at the scale required by business – all within OneStream’s unified platform.

Sensible ML - Labor Forecast

According to Mr. Shea, these AI and ML capabilities will be in preview mode with a select group of customers in 2021 and generally available in the first half of 2022. This is exciting news and will be game-changing for organizations in putting the power of AI and ML in the hands of business users.

Following Mr. Shea’s keynote, Craig Colby led a customer panel featuring Regina Gashi from Bunge Limited, Kevin Kalicak from Darden, Jeffrey Leidl from News Corporation, and Candice Cage from Teledyne Technologies. During this interactive discussion, the panelists spoke about their business challenges prior to OneStream, how OneStream is helping them address a growing number of business challenges, and the benefits they have achieved to date.  This session is covered in more detail in another blog article I’ll be publishing.

Other sessions that ran on Day 2 included product updates, drop-in demos, tips & tricks, and customer success stories including:

Day 3 – More Customer Success, Drop-in Demos, and Awards

Day 3 of the Splash Virtual Experience began with more tips & tricks, drop-in demos, meet-ups, and customer success sessions.  These included:

Splash Recap Awards

Day 3 wrapped up with a virtual awards ceremony hosted by OneStream RVP Chad Hart and Director of Technology Alliances Charlene Maskell and the unveiling of the location for Splash 2022 – which is San Antonio!

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Congratulations and thanks to the Award Winners and all of the OneStream employees, partners, and customers who helped make the 2021 Splash Virtual Experience a success.  See y’all in San Antonio May 23-26, 2022!

OneStream’s Splash conferences offer Finance teams a unique opportunity to think bigger. To step back from the daily grind and focus on unleashing the true value of Finance. How? By learning directly from OneStream customers, from industry experts and from each other, of course.

And though we couldn’t all celebrate in Paris this year, OneStream will always find a way to deliver for our customers – 100% customer success is our mission, after all. That’s why we were thrilled to kick off the OneStream Splash EMEA Virtual Mini-Series September 21 – 24th.

Moderated by Matt Rodgers, Managing Director of EMEA, the keynote featured OneStream CEO Tom Shea and our very special guest, Formula One racing world champion Mika Häkkinen.

Read on for the highlights from our keynote session.

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