2019 Adobe Summit: Recap

2019 Adobe Summit: Recap

Get the Munvo Team’s Firsthand Account of the 2019 Digital Experience Conference

It’s a wrap: the Munvo team has returned from Las Vegas, officially marking the end of yet another impressive Adobe Summit. As discussed in our previous post, this year’s conference promised an experience that would be innovative, informative, and inspiring – and it certainly delivered.

From March 26-28, 10 of us from Munvo Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and California, inhabited the Venetian in Vegas for a period of proactive learning and networking. During this time, our team chose from a variety of over 300 immersive sessions and workshops to attend. With more than 17,000 participants, including leaders from global brands and trusted Adobe partners, the 2019 Digital Experience Conference proved to be the biggest and most exciting yet. It’s no wonder that 99% of ticket-holders reported that the summit met or even exceeded their expectations. Our colleagues at Munvo fall into that same category, which is why we want to share our Adobe Summit Recap, and ultimately, impart our knowledge of what went down this year.

Munvo’s 3 Main Takeaways from the 2019 Adobe Summit:

Adobe Experience Cloud Keeps Marketers in Mind

Let’s begin our Adobe Summit Recap with a discussion of customer experience. Customer Experience Management (CEM) was an overarching theme at this year’s Digital Experience Conference. The 2017 name change from the Adobe Marketing Cloud (AMC) to the Adobe Experience Cloud (AEC) perhaps most obviously encapsulates this priority. Of course, it also aligns with the brand’s motto. In the words of Adobe CEO, Shantanu Narayen: “People buy experiences. Not products.”

From session to session, the subject of delivering consistent and relevant omni-channel experiences at scale repeatedly came up, as it lies at the centre of Adobe Campaign, a tool designed for the modern-day marketer. The release of the Adobe Experience Cloud platform further simplifies and optimizes the end-to-end process of creating and delivering personalized customer experiences at scale. More than this, it allows for the real-time management of customer profiles enabled by a robust set of digital marketing applications, such as Adobe’s Marketing Cloud, Advertising Cloud, Analytics Cloud, and Commerce Cloud.

Having specialized in marketing consulting for over 14 years, we at Munvo recognize the value of capitalizing on crucial integrations to enhance marketing practices, and by extension, customer engagement. The 2019 Adobe Summit highlighted the inclusion of Marketo and Magento to the Adobe Experience Cloud for this purpose. While Marketo, a worldwide leader in B2B (Business-to-Business) Marketing Automation was added to the Marketing Cloud, Magento instead created its own unique Commerce Cloud. The incorporation of these two applications furthers Adobe’s reach for B2B and E-Commerce marketers across all industries. As such, there was a palpable sense of enthusiasm for both Marketo and Magento throughout the entirety of the Adobe Summit.

The Takeaway?

It’s time to embrace new developments and functionality enhancements within Adobe’s Experience Cloud to take your marketing initiatives to new heights!

Continuous Learning is Key

The next section of our Adobe Summit Recap is devoted to the topic of empathy and company culture, which Shantanu Narayen believes are conductive to innovative marketing practices. During Narayen’s collaborative session with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, they outlined their secret to driving business outcomes. According to Nadella, marketers must transition from a ‘know-it-all’ mindset to one that is interested in learning it all, in order to achieve and maintain success.

At Munvo, we similarly believe that ongoing learning is vital for reaching both our short- and long-term goals. With tools such as Munvo’s e-learning platform, EMM School (Enterprise Marketing Management), immersive training events, and enthusiastic support to pursue technology certifications from our partners (Adobe included!), you can see why Nadella’s message resonated so strongly with us.

It is this volition to keep on learning that also led us to embrace the Adobe Experience League, an online program for guided learning to help just about anyone master the Adobe Experience Cloud. After all, the experience league permits its users to review and apply knowledge directly from the Adobe sessions to their own marketing practices.

It’s Never Been Easier to Connect and Collaborate with Digital Marketing/Experience Leaders

Our Adobe Summit Recap would not be complete without reiterating Adobe’s attention to the attendees’ overall networking opportunities. This year’s conference provided us with the ideal atmosphere to catch up on the latest trends in customer experience management alongside some top leaders in the MarTech industry. The schedule and set up were organized in a way that made it easy for us to meet new peers and collaborate with independent businesses and Adobe partners alike. There were plenty of occasions to connect with likeminded individuals during the Welcome Reception and Community Mixer – not to mention the Summit Bash where we enjoyed a performance by The Killers. The Community Pavilion was also convenient for engaging with Adobe product experts and other technology providers, whereas the Partner Area was particularly useful for us at Munvo, as a longstanding Adobe partner.

Meanwhile, each hour-long session at this year’s summit concluded with its own specialized Q&A to ensure maximum participation among attendees. It was motivational for us to partake in a larger dialogue and have our voices heard. This also led to plenty of conversation following the sessions, which built a sense of community among attendees to contribute their respective best practices and preferences.

The Takeaway?

Adobe’s emphasis on human connection and personalization is not only limited to their tools and products; it informs and inspires the events that they host, as epitomized by this year’s Digital Experience Conference.

In light of all the information absorbed over our three days at the Adobe sessions, Munvo’s Adobe Summit Recap unpacks just a few of our firsthand highlights, insights, and observations. Naturally, each individual experience at the summit will differ. How much you get out of the annual event chiefly relies on you! If you remain a curious and proactive participant, then you’ll surely be as moved as we were. All in all, the Munvo team is already looking forward to next year’s Digital Experience Conference.

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Nicole Plouffe

Executive Assistant

Nicole harnesses over 8 years of professional experience in executive and administrative roles to ensure the smooth operation of Munvo’s offices, projects, and processes. By working alongside Munvo’s President, she expertly supports the team and leads a number of Munvo community initiatives. Not only does Nicole dream up cool ideas; she puts them into practice by arranging the right people with the right resources.

Munvo University

The Munvo University is an online learning and certification environment designed to accelerate the training of Munvo consultants on Enterprise Marketing solutions. Munvo University is built on 4 main pillars: Marketing, Technology, Methodology, and Consulting.

Mentoring and Coaching

To help integrate newcomers, Munvo encourages a continual Mentoring and Coaching approach to help facilitate each learning experience. This methodology offers trainees with easy access to Munvo best-practices and additional resources from senior consultants.

Summit Meeting

Munvo Summits are 3-day meetings conducted in a resort a week before the holiday break. Summits are a unique opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments and to share plans and objectives for the upcoming year. Our different offices converge together to share stories, update each other on their latest projects, make connections and have fun.

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Ed Scrivani

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Ed oversees the teams responsible for managing professional services, sales, and software products. Ed comes to Munvo with 30 years of enterprise sales and service experience in Enterprise Marketing Management, Online/Mobile Customer Experience Management, Web Content Management, and eCommerce Solutions. Ed brings an extensive background in building teams, coaching and developing talent, and exceeding revenue targets in high growth companies.

Ed started his career in sales engineering and management, selling relational database technology for Informix Software. He then moved to one of the first eCommerce companies, Open Market, where he lead a national team of sales engineers and later ran their professional services practice. He transitioned into direct selling with companies such as Open Text and Oracle. He has spent the last eleven years managing North American sales organizations for companies such as Tealeaf (IBM), Neolane (Adobe), and Quantum Metric.

Ed hold a BS in Computer Science from Hartwick College and a MS in Computer Science from BGSU. 

Julie Bordeleau

Corporate Controller

As Corporate Controller, Julie oversees Munvo’s HR, financial, and accounting functions – from payroll, bank reconciliation, and government remittances, to budget analysis, asset management, and ad-hoc reporting.

With a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Concordia University, she first established her career in accounting firms, and spent 6 years at Fuller Landau where she was the Manager and Director of their small business division. She then moved on to a family-owned real estate company as Controller for 7 years before bringing her expertise to the Munvo team.

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Christopher Stanford

Account Executive

As an account executive at Munvo, Christopher is responsible for the business development of Munvo software products, as well as the management of named accounts. In his previous role, Chris managed relationships with clients subscribed to Munvo products, such as CompanionSMS Connector/SMS Gateway, and campaignQA.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from the Franklin Pierce University in Business Administration and Management, which he pursued while dominating the baseball field.

Artour Kitbalian

Account Manager

Artour joined Munvo in 2013 as a Consultant delivering services for both the Adobe and IBM (now UnicaCampaign practices to clients across Canada and the US. He quickly earned himself a reputation for providing high-level services while maintaining a relaxed and friendly environment.

Leveraging his consulting experience as a Business Solutions Consultant, Solutions Architect, and Named Account Manager, Artour has been developing Munvo’s client profiles by working closely with them to bring tailored solutions to their needs. The dedication that he demonstrates in each engagement ensures that our clients’ aims remain a top priority.

Before joining Munvo, Artour worked as a Data Migration Consultant. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management from McGill University.

Alex Uher

Global Marketing Head

As Global Marketing Head, Alex and his team focus on identifying our customers’ needs and solving them by clearly articulating Munvo’s proven solutions. Alex rejoined Munvo after a career of 20+ years in Marketing Automation, Data-driven Marketing, and Marketing Strategy. He has deep experience working across a variety of industries including FMCG (L’Oreal Paris USA), Retail (Coach, Tommy Bahama), Telco (T-Mobile), and Gaming (Caesar’s Casinos). Most recently Alex developed the Central & Eastern European Marketing Strategy practice for Wunderman Thompson in Prague, Czech Republic.

Alex holds double majors in Business Economics and International Business from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University – Bloomington.

 

Dave Ariely

Marketing Transformation Services Lead

Since joining Munvo in 2013, Dave has continuously focused on helping organizations enable their strategic vision through the evaluation and onboarding of key value-based technologies and processes. With direct experience in implementing over 25 EMM projects across Canada, the US, South America, and Europe, he specializes in designing business-driven solutions for the Banking, Travel, Telecom, and Healthcare industries. Prior to joining Munvo, Dave has held positions at Rogers Communications, Arthroteq Preclinical, and Forniture Technice Europee – an Italian-based electronics distributor servicing the RF communication sector.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computing from Queen’s University, as well as a Master’s in Management from Harvard University. A frequent traveller by nature, he speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Hebrew, and can sometimes be found swimming laps, enjoying a live jazz show, or discovering a new pizzeria.

Anna Ivanova

SAS Practice Lead

Since joining Munvo in 2015, Anna has been a passionate advocate for Munvo’s SAS Practice and today she is responsible for evolving and growing the SAS professional services at Munvo. Anna has over 15 years of experience in both business and technology positions in the Credit Card, Banking, Insurance, E-commerce, and Aerospace industries. She has delivered SAS projects in marketing, analytics, data modeling, and CRM, and in credit risk strategies.

Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Concordia University and is currently pursuing a certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning at McGill University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Administration.

Ajay Bhaga

Technology Lead

As Munvo’s Technology Lead, Ajay facilitates complex deployments that require the integration of multiple technologies. Since joining Munvo in 2008, he has been involved in the delivery of over 35 Enterprise Marketing projects in Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. He was the pioneer behind the development of Companion, Munvo’s performance and monitoring solution, and also contributed significantly to the enhancement of the company’s cloud-based lab infrastructure. Today, Ajay continues to lead various projects related to cloud integration, distributed architecture, and real-time transactional systems, both internally and with clients.

As a Computer Science undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Ajay was Co-Owner and Lead Developer at Beatcatalyst.com, and subsequently worked for IBM and Toyota.

Brad Penwarden

VP Munvo Products

Brad is the manager of Munvo’s Software Product Development team. Inspired by the software architecture training he underwent at Carnegie Mellon University, Brad is a passionate advocate for agile software methodologies and a quintessential Scrum Master. Since first joining the company in 2009, he’s played a crucial role in more than 30 Enterprise Marketing projects across Canada, the US, and Europe, often managing large development teams on behalf of Munvo clients. A gifted communicator, Brad connects Munvo’s developers and management to smoothly translate complex concepts into colloquial language.

Prior to joining the Munvo team, Brad also worked at Research In Motion (Blackberry) and earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier University.

Andrew Didinchuk

VP Adobe Practice

With 25+ Adobe Campaign implementations serviced, Andrew has become a highly experienced leader in the field. His expertise lies in integrating Adobe solutions with external applications. Over his 5 years at Munvo, Andrew has played a crucial role in building our Adobe business and training the Adobe team from the beginning. In fact, he has been involved in more than 50 on-premise and cloud-hosted Adobe Campaign projects to date.

Prior to joining Munvo, Andrew completed two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration at Wilfred Laurier University.

Serge Bohdjalian

VP Unica and SAS Practice

Serge joined Munvo in 2011, bringing with him a wealth of technical and marketing experience. He now manages a Professional Services team specialized in marketing solutions and digital analytics.

For ten years, Serge worked at Matrox Graphics, first as Lead Technical Writer and then as Senior Marketing Manager. He was also the Chief Technologist and owner of Memidex, a word-reference aggregation website with nearly one million pages of content.

Serge holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the John Molson School of Business, a Graduate degree in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Concordia University.

William Brooks

VP Salesforce Practice

As the Vice President of Salesforce Practice, Wil is responsible for developing and assisting new lines of business in addition to overseeing the recruitment and resource development functions at Munvo. Since joining Munvo in 2011, Wil has been engaged in more than 25 Enterprise Marketing projects for industries such as banking, travel, retail, insurance, loyalty, telecommunications, and healthcare. The depth and diversity of Wil’s experience now informs his work in client management and talent acquisition here at Munvo. In fact, he both consults and facilitates workshops in Marketing Resource Management and Campaign Execution & Optimization.

Prior to joining the Munvo team, Wil worked for Publicis, John Hancock, and TeraGo Networks. In 2007, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Bill Dynes

VP Sales and Alliances

As the Vice President of Sales and Alliances, Bill is responsible for supporting Munvo’s rapid growth, while maintaining successful relationships with the company’s clients and technology partners. Since first joining Munvo in 2014, he has played a key role in establishing strategic agreements with various global corporations, in conjunction with the Professional Services and Product teams.

Bill launched his career as a Software Business Consultant back in 1990 when he worked for GEAC Computer Corporation. He went on to provide services for companies such as Epicor Software, Screenscape Networks, eBridge Software, ADFLOW Networks, Nexterna, and the UR-Channel Broadcasting Company. Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Johanne Roy

Chief Financial Officer

Johanne is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for Munvo’s Finance, Human Resources, and Procurement departments. Prior to joining Munvo, Johanne began her career as an auditor at Poissant Thibault Peat Marwick Thorn (now KPMG) and worked as a law clerk at McCarthy Tétrault. Johanne later took on the role of internal auditor for multiple multi-national organizations, including Cirque du Soleil Inc. and Quebécor World Inc., and also served as the Chief Financial Officer for two subsidiaries of Group Air Liquide in Asia, where she led the Finance, Procurement, and Information Technology departments.

Johanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.) from HEC Montreal, a Bachelor’s degree in Quebec Civil Law (LL.B.) from the University of Montreal (UdeM), in addition to the titles of CPA•CA, Lawyer (LL.B.), and Certified Internal Auditor.

Mathieu Sabourin

Founder

Mathieu founded Munvo, originally Client Spectrum, in 2005 after two decades of software and management experience. Deeply inspired by Jim Collins’ influential book, Good to Great (2001), Mathieu started Munvo with the determination, discipline, and entrepreneurial drive to build a world-leading company related to Enterprise Marketing Management solutions. He is now supporting the management team and is also involved with strategic initiatives for Munvo’s continued growth.

Prior to Munvo, Mathieu began his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and then moved on to an eight-year management tenure at Dun & Bradstreet software. He joined the consulting firm Proximi-T in 1994 as Vice President of Software Solutions. Proximi-T would later become Fjord, a division of Cossette Communication Group, Canada’s largest marketing communications agency.

Having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at CIREM-HEC Montreal, Mathieu remains an avid public speaker on topics such as CRM and Enterprise Marketing.

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As President, Nabil oversees Munvo’s executive team responsible for managing professional services, sales, software products, and financial operations. Since first joining Munvo in 2006, Nabil was instrumental in developing a wide range of marketing solution software practices. He was personally involved in deploying marketing solutions for more than 35 global corporations in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. Nabil was also a driving creative force behind the development of campaignQA, Munvo’s solution for ensuring more efficient Quality Assurance processes and data validation.

Nabil holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management and Computer Science & Engineering, as well as Master’s degrees in e-Commerce and Business Intelligence.