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Finance in a Fast Growing Company

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Sean McSherry (Indeed)
Is your company growing at a fast pace bringing new sets of challenges to your Finance organization? In this session, learn how to get ahead of challenges like new and unknown revenue opportunities, expense control, and how to navigate a constantly changing environment while you grow at a rapid pace. Indeed has "been there, done that" and will share how they used Host to get ahead of the curve.

How to Build Rolling Forecasts with Advanced Modeling

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling Jeff Berk and Louie Zuo (ACI Brands Inc.)
Using Excel for forecasting was an inefficient and cumbersome process for ACI Brands Inc, a Canadian multi-divisional suppliers of consumer products. Learn how the Accounting Team at ACI implemented Spotlight to initiate an end-to-end approach for rolling forecasts with better accuracy and productivity. You will learn how to configure the model and use advanced formulas to forecast the P&L in Spotlight. This includes building the input template in a controlled environment to produce a single version of truth; and creating advanced formulas to automate manual processes with flexible business parameters.

Accelerating Planning with Host Analytics and SpotlightXL

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Florence Jones and Dante Leone (Motus)
In this session, audience members will hear first-hand how Motus created an efficient FP&A function using SpotlightXL. We will cover the strengths of Planning and SpotlightXL and what the roadmap to success looks like for a growing SaaS company. Finally, we will discuss future plans for both tools to further increase reporting time and accuracy, as well as make information more transparent across the company.

Finance and IT Against the World! Google Sheets Coupled with Host Analytics for Subline Budgeting Flexibility

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting

Kat Szulc and Nicholas Mann (Keryx Biopharmaceuticals)

Much like many other organizations, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals relies heavily on subline detail in their budgets and forecasts. This year, we created an innovative solution for maximizing the subline detail flexibility in the budget process by leveraging the power of Google Sheets alongside the data consolidation efficiency of Host. With features such as version history, template flexibility, and multi-user collaboration, Google Sheets is the perfect supplement to Host. Find out how Keryx FP&A and IT joined forces and applications to appease the budget owner masses!

Monthly Variance Reporting - A Case for Automation

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Jacob Lambert (Grand Canyon University)
Back in 2012, when Grand Canyon University (GCU) signed as a Host customer, they needed a solution for automating month-end (and quarter) variance reporting. Host Analytics Dynamic Reporting module was the solution to push out reports to end-users in a timely, efficient, and user-friendly manner.

Real-time Forecasting

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Ryan Suneson (Spredfast)
Annual budgets are obsolete - we all know that. But how do you stay flexible in running a real-time forecast AND answering your CEO & CFO's 'what if' questions? By leveraging multiple "what if" scenarios driven by Spotlight with feeds from the live forecast, Spredfast is able to have live forecast data fed throughout year models to help drive investment decisions. Come hear Spredfast share their story about real-time forecasting and walk away with some best practices to take back into your organization to do the same.

Host Workshop: Modeling

Tuesday, May 22nd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops Brad Mauvis (Host Analytics)
Want to learn more about Host Modeling capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will give you an overview of Host Modeling and experience with concepts such as top-down, bottoms-up, middle-out and driver-based modeling. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the workshops or available for question

Empowering your Budget Owners to Adopt a Rolling Forecast Process

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Michelle Chaffin and Erika Wilkinson (Pennsylvania College)
Wouldn't it be great to go from a five month annual budget process to a 24 month rolling forecast? Attend this session to learn how Pennsylvania College empowered their 30+ budget owners to update their numbers once a month and not once a year.

Daily Revenue Model - Modeling @ the Speed of Thought

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling Christopher Knight (Old Republic Title)
Old Republic currently has a division that tracks number of orders and revenue by day. They currently copy and paste values for current month and prior month from a legacy system into excel and send this to our management teams. With Host Analytics, they now standardized the input so the user can do one copy and paste and it's done. The system stores prior data so the report is done in a few minutes.

Changing the Planning Process Simultaneously While Implementing

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Donna Cote (Bose Corporation)
Learn how the Bose Corporation kept a focus on their vision and key requirements while developing their planning process at the same time they were implementing Host Analytics.

Automation in Budgeting & Forecasting (Sponsored by WG Consulting)

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting

Joel Jarratt (WG Consulting)

While EPM has provided interesting tools for enabling Budgeting and Forecasting, the rapid pace of change in automation technology, the growing potential of “Artificial Intelligence,” and the growing demands of management for actionable insights instead of retrospective reporting continues to raise expectations. We will look at the Automation landscape and talk about what is real and what is aspirational.

Enhanced Performance Management (Sponsored by Workiva)

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Adoption

Jon Wagoner (Workiva)

Attend this session to understand how to leverage a reliable, secure technology integration to address internal narrative reports, such as budget books and board books in FP&A, SEC filings, and industry-specific regulatory compliance. Workiva and Host Analytics have partnered to deliver enterprise compliance, narrative reporting, planning, and performance management in the cloud.

Navigating Change in an Evolving EPM Environment (Sponsored by CFO Solutions)

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices

Jon Coppi, Cash Collins, and Jennifer Hortz (CFO Solutions)

What are some of the best ways to navigate change in an evolving EPM environment? With the expanding EPM applications across disciplines, organizational change, as well as application governance, are increasingly more important. How does Finance lead these changes to harness the power of EPM for organizational success?

Host Workshop: Dashboards

Tuesday, May 22nd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops Michael Leese (Host Analytics)
Want to learn more about Host Dashboards capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will teach you how to create a dashboard, customize charts, and roll it out to your entire organization. We will give you an opportunity to test drive the application as well as ask the experts any questions.

Top 10 New Features

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Doug Haynie (Host Analytics)
SaaS is fast! In this ever-popular session, learn how your Host Analytics solution and its new features and enhancements, become beneficial to you and your role…f you know about them and use them. Join us for an overview of the latest and greatest to determine how to employ them at your organization to become the hero.

Expand Your Horizons with Modeling: Interesting Solutions from Real Customer Cases (Sponsored by UHY)

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling

Brian Barnett (UHY)

During this session you will see how real Modeling, a flexible and powerful tool, is implemented in ways you may not have seen before. Learn about creative ways to use Modeling to solve your complex problems. Example cases will show how to:

• Build a push button Allocations Model that automatically adjusts to new legal entities, departments, or locations without additional maintenance.
• Build a Revenue Model using date drivers including start dates, renewal dates, and commission payout dates.
• Build a Constant Currency Analytics Model to isolate currency impact in reports.
• Build a weekly planning Model that correctly reports full month values.

Building a Driver-Based Revenue Model in Host Analytics

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Steve Snell (Digital Realty)
Digital Realty, a leading datacenter REIT, recently developed a revenue planning model in Host Analytics for its co-location business. Learn how they transitioned their Excel-based model to Host Analytics and leveraged the power of centralized planning templates and integration. The session will cover their approach to “deconstructing” the complex Excel model, and how they mapped the various components to the Host Analytics Planning module.

Making Informed Business Decisions with Rolling Forecasts

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting Lee Johnston and John Salgado (LT Apparel)
LT Apparel sells into multiple channels including wholesale, retail and web. When Lee joined the company his only budgeting tool was Excel. Attend this session to learn how Lee went from a 6-month budgeting nightmare to a 27-month rolling forecast.

Introduction to Host Analytics Reporting

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Susan Frederick (Host Analytics)
When it comes to reporting, it’s all about giving the right people, the right information, at the right time and in the right format. This session is tailored to new Host Analytics customers and provides a high-level overview of Host’s comprehensive reporting platform. Learn how you can drive business decisions by delivering meaningful business information to your key stakeholders via dashboards, ad hoc analysis, formatted financial reports, and report packages in a variety of output options.

Consolidations 101: Transform the Closing of Your Books

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Phil Conally and Sherri Peck (Host Analytics)
Learn how Host can help you automate critical month-end close activities like aligning multiple G/Ls across the enterprise, data collection and validation, currency conversions, top-side journal entries, intercompany eliminations, partial ownership rules, and month-end financial reporting.

Host Workshop: MyPlan

Tuesday, May 22nd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops Holly Simpson (Host Analytics)
Want to learn more about MyPlan capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop to learn how to enable MyPlan for your end users as well as inputting and updating a forecast and a budget. We will give you an opportunity to test drive the application as well as ask the experts any questions.

How to Secure Your Host Analytics Application

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Craig Willis (Host Analytics)
This important session recently presented in our “Wednesdays with the Experts” series, will cover how to take advantage of security options within your Host Analytics Application to ensure that your users and your organization are not at risk for any unwanted visitors accessing your important data and information.

Modeling - Central Administration from the Web

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling Steve Meekins (Host Analytics)
Learn the benefits of managing all models in one place, in a user friendly graphical UI.

End to End FP&A in the Cloud

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting David Rubenfeld (Centrify)
While many organizations have implemented cloud-based planning solutions, they typically address only certain parts of the planning process. Other parts continue to be managed in spreadsheets, which proliferate errors and disconnected planning processes. In this session, learn how Centrify uses Host Analytics for all of its multiyear planning and forecasting processes as well as management and board reporting. Learn the power of having a broad vision and the value of unifying all of your planning and reporting in a common platform.

Evolution of EPM and Introduction to MyPlan

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting Bob Dutcher (Host Analytics)
The role of Finance is evolving along with the tools needed to collaborate and empower business users. The days of dedicating large amounts of Finance time and resources to collect, integrate, and update budget and forecast data from budget owners will be a thing of the past. Learn how Finance can be a better partner to the business, empowering business users to run their businesses better, while making business users more accountable and reducing the strain on limited finance resources.

PCR and Spotlight Reporting Case Study

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Ron Wicklander (Northwest Hardwoods)
In this case study, Northwest Hardwoods will share their reporting history, tools, and challenges. Hear about their adoption and the roadmap of various Host Analytics reporting tools such as Dynamic Reports, Report Collections, and Spotlight they are currently using.

FP&A Question and Answer Panel

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Israel Askew (EMSI), Glenn Snyder (Digital Realty), and Jean Dane (Room & Board)
Come join our panel with three seasoned FP&A experts where they will share their insights, vision, and lessons learned around FP&A best practices. This session will be interactive where participants can ask questions, advice, or methodologies around various FP&A best practices.

Host Workshop: Modeling (Repeat Session)

Tuesday, May 22nd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops

Brad Mauvis (Host Analytics)

Want to learn more about Host Modeling capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will give you an overview of Host Modeling and experience with concepts such as top-down, bottoms-up, middle-out and driver-based modeling. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the workshops or available for question

Engaging Your Players and Keeping Score

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Sean Hogan (Core Health and Fitness)
Core Health and Fitness has leveraged Host Analytics to rigorously forecast and track financial results. By engaging leaders from all facets of the organization, we have built "Keeping Score" into our culture. We use Host for an annual budget, quarterly forecasts, and weekly check-ins to discuss financial expectations. Involving all departments in forecasting and measuring progress has led to positive organizational change and increased profitability.

Top Down Modeling with Breakback

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling Rob Frascone (Host Analytics)
Learn how to create a top down model using Breakback. We’ll also cover how to leverage Breakback in a Modeling calculation.

Project Planning and Reporting Using Initiative Planning

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Jean Dane and Ann Wojcik (Room & Board)
Do you have specialized planning needs for a project, program, or iniative? In this session, you will learn how Room & Board makes sound business decisions and increases the efficiency of their finance team by leveraging initiative planning in Host Analytics

Rolling Forecasts: Our Host Analytics Journey

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting Jordan Fristch, Katie Schoeneck, and Sam Winter (Thrivent)
Learn how Thrivent Financial leveraged Host Analytics to build out their Rolling Forecasts to make things easier. This session will introduce you to the evolution of Rolling Forecasts, and how the tools available in Host Analytics assisted in this process.

Visualizing with Self-Service and Interactive Dashboards

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Pamela Theriault (Host Analytics)
The most exciting part of being a Finance Professional is being able to partner with your key stakeholders and drive the growth of your organization. But have you ever noticed that some of the data you show brings blank stares when presented to your Business Unit Managers, VPs, or even some of your C-level Executives? Perhaps the problem is not with the data at all, but rather with how you are presenting this information to your Stakeholders. Here’s the dirty little secret none of your professors ever wanted to tell you, “not everyone thinks in numbers!” In this session you will learn how to turn your report data into meaningful visualizations with Host Dashboards.

Connect and Collaborate: Getting the non-Finance User to Love Finance

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Ron Baden and Christelle Flahaux (Host Analytics)
Does working with those non-finance users make you crazy, especially during budgeting season? Are you frustrated with Marketing and Sales missing their forecast and overspending, or maybe underspending? Be a hero to your Executive Staff by learning how to connect and collaborate through MyPlan. All attendees will receive a special “MyPlan” gift.

Host Workshop: Modeling (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops

Brad Mauvis (Host Analytics)

Want to learn more about Host Modeling capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will give you an overview of Host Modeling and experience with concepts such as top-down, bottoms-up, middle-out and driver-based modeling. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the workshops or available for question

Leveraging your Customer Success Manager and Customer Success Architect to Optimize your Host Investment

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Robyn BeDell (Host Analytics)
Learn how to leverage your Customer Success Manager (CSM) and Customer Success Architect (CSA) to get more out of your Host investment. These two unique resources, who are available to every customer, will help you with everything from ensuring you are driving adoption to meeting your business objectives.

Re-Modeling Finance: Why You will Love Modeling (Sponsored by Bakerfield)

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling

Mark Cawi and Eric Jue (Bakerfield)

Are you in search of the key to move your team forward? Be a champion and unlock your staff’s potential with Host Modeling, a highly flexible technology that adapts to the needs of your organization. Modeling builds upon the power and flexibility of the Host Analytics Spotlight tool and enables the ability to perform Interactive Query and Analysis against Financial and Operational Models that are aligned. By supporting the creation of multiple models, custom dimensions, and advanced calculations, Modeling enables powerful yet user-friendly analysis and reporting via both Excel and the web. In this presentation, we will outline three case studies that demonstrate how companies have empowered their users by making the move to Modeling.

Transforming the Planning Process with Host Analytics

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Jerry Luna and Cynthia Matlack (Carlos Rosario School)
Learn how Carlos Rosario School has transformed their planning process and reduced their cycle time by 50% utilizing Host Analytics.

Spotlight Reporting Tips

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Kevin Karle (Host Analytics)
You'll walk away from this session learning the formatted, custom reporting, and visualization capabilities of Spotlight.

Connect the Dots: Cash Flow Made Simple with Modeling (Sponsored by UHY)

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices

Tracey Ashcraft (Synthetic Genomics) and Pete Dwyer (UHY)

You’ve got your P&L, and you’ve got your cash flow model. But, how do you ensure all of the drivers that affect cash are linked between both to ensure your balance sheet and forecast align? How do you
connect the dots so everyone can see the big picture? UHY Advisors has developed a methodology using Host Modeling to that enables you to develop and maintain actual and forecast/budget cash
flow solutions. During this session, you will learn how to employ these strategies and best practices to create and manage your cash flow model and reports.

Host Workshop: Dashboards (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops

Michael Leese (Host Analytics)

Want to learn more about Host Dashboards capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will teach you how to create a dashboard, customize charts, and roll it out to your entire organization. We will give you an opportunity to test drive the application as well as ask the experts any questions.

The Path to Success: Implementation Best Practices

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Rafael Farias (Host Analytics)

Modeling - Central Administration from the Web (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum A Track: Modeling

Steve Meekins (Host Analytics)

Learn the benefits of managing all models in one place, in a user friendly graphical UI.

Using Offline Planning to Empower your Users

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Gaylord Miller (Vixxo)
This session will cover the administrative steps to enable and deploy offline planning and how the functionality from a user perspective may enhance the planning process. Attendees will also learn about the benefits of offline planning and what Vixxo's experience has been utilizing the functionality within their organization.

A Case Study in Driver Based Planning and Forecasting

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting Israel Askew (EMSI)
Learn how leveraging Host Analytics improved the process of budgeting and forecasting at EMSI. Israel will walk you through the background of their situation and its struggles and pitfalls. Leveraging driver-based templates in the Host Analytics environment created the foundation for an improved process, resulting in more effective decision making and analysis of actuals and forecasts.

How ProPharma Group Began Using Host Analytics for Reporting - Customer Case Study

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Ron Hurt (ProPharma Group)
In this beginner session, ProPharma Group will discuss how their Host Analytics journey began with an aggressive implementation timeline and how they are using Host for their Consolidated Reporting. You will also learn more around their future plans to expand the Host Reporting functionality and to explore more capabilities of the Forecasting/Budgeting. And to keep 2018 exciting they will share their plans around preparing to absorb acquisitions within our Consolidation process.

The Evolution of FP&A

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Brian Martell (Host Analytics)
Learn how advancements in people, process, and technology are increasing the value that finance can add to the organization. Consider where your company is on the evolution curve and learn the steps your organization can implement to take your finance team to the next level.

Host Workshop: MyPlan (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops

Holly Simpson (Host Analytics)

Want to learn more about MyPlan capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop to learn how to enable MyPlan for your end users as well as inputting and updating a forecast and a budget. We will give you an opportunity to test drive the application as well as ask the experts any questions.

What Do You Need from a Resource Perspective to Complete a Successful Implementation?

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Greenville Avenue Track: Adoption Todd Breshears (Host Analytics)
As you start your Host journey, learn how the early partnership between you and the Host resources can help you increase adoption across your organizaion and lead you to a path of self-sufficiency.

Streamline and Accelerate Headcount Planning with Workforce Planning

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Fair Park 1 Track: Planning and Budgeting Tommy James (Host Analytics)

Evolution of EPM and Introduction to MyPlan (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Fair Park 2 Track: Planning and Budgeting

Bob Dutcher (Host Analytics)

The role of Finance is evolving along with the tools needed to collaborate and empower business users. The days of dedicating large amounts of Finance time and resources to collect, integrate, and update budget and forecast data from budget owners will be a thing of the past. Learn how Finance can be a better partner to the business, empowering business users to run their businesses better, while making business users more accountable and reducing the strain on limited finance resources.

Highly Formatted Board Reporting

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Deep Ellum B Track: Reporting Rafael Farias (Host Analytics)
In this session, learn about formatted reporting, security setup, and best practices with Host Reporting and Financial Package Publisher.

Close Like a Champion: Advanced Consolidations Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Katy Trail Track: Thought Leadership/Best Practices Phil Conally and Sherri Peck (Host Analytics)
Learn the the latest and greatest new features and enhancements in Host Consolidation, as well tips and tricks from industry experts.

Host Workshop: Modeling (Repeat Session)

Wednesday, May 23rd 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Location: Arts District 2 Track: Workshops

Brad Mauvis (Host Analytics)

Want to learn more about Host Modeling capabilities? Join us at this instructor-led, hands-on workshop that will give you an overview of Host Modeling and experience with concepts such as top-down, bottoms-up, middle-out and driver-based modeling. Experts will be on hand to guide you through the workshops or available for question