December marked the end of a successful year for the Anaplan University Connect Program—working in collaboration with universities across the U.S. to educate students and professors on the benefits of Anaplan and Connected Planning.
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)’s senior project was a program highlight, featuring 10 undergraduate students from professor Leida Chens’ class. The students were divided into groups and competed to solve the key challenges of a publicly-traded consumer goods company (CPG) using Anaplan. The project was designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, and goal setting, all while learning a new skill set— Cal Poly Project Kickoff Anaplan model building and the Anaplan implementation process.
Three teams went head to head to solve the CPG’s pain points. With a challenging 10 weeks ahead of them, they began to train on model building and The Anaplan Way. Efforts focused on solving key challenges, including:
Lack of centralized data, limiting accessibility to entire departments.
Insufficient communication on common goals.
Excessive time spent gathering and distributing data.
Limited focus on data analysis.
The students worked diligently towards a common goal—solve the challenges in a creative way, use Anaplan’s Best Practices, and ultimately win the competition!
During the project, students had the opportunity to connect with some of Anaplan's best and brightest, including Simon Tucker, Chief Planning Officer, and Joey Morisette, Business Operations Manager & Master Anaplanner. Working side by side and supporting each other, this talented group of individuals produced top-notch Anaplan models. Their work was impressive and inspiring—clearly demonstrating the value of Anaplan and Connected Planning, and while expanding the Anaplan ecosystem.
The winning team—Poly Planners—including Yash Ranat, Jasmine Valsaint, and Lia Arambula. Participants were scored in seven key areas:
Effectiveness of solving the business challenge.
Usage of Anaplan’s Best Practices.
Ability to communicate results.
Cal Poly Alumni Event We want to thank all the students who participated in a job well done!
Yash Ranat Graduation: December 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information systems
Jasmine Valsaint Graduation: March 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information systems and a Minor in Statistics
Lia Arambula Graduation: June 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information systems and a Minor in Statistics
Danielle Knell Graduation: June 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information Systems and Minoring in Statistics
Jay Gubbi Graduation: June 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information Systems
Larry Tran Graduation: June 2020, MBA with a Concentration in Information Systems
Cal Poly Student Presentation Sara Hiner Graduation: June 2020, MBA
Peggy Ho Graduation: June 2020, MBA with a concentration in Information Systems
Leilani Olmos-Steichen Graduation: June 2020, MBA
Gabriella Trevino Graduation: June 2020, MBA
After such a rewarding experience, we are currently planning the next project for this semester with an expansion of student participation and length of time to complete the program. Students will end their college career with highly reputable degrees, experience, and the credential of a Certified Anaplan Model Builder. Should you want to connect with any of these students or collaborate with the University Connect program, please reach out to Noelle Murphy at Noelle.email@example.com.
University Connect Happenings
University Connect has been busy kicking off several semester-long projects with universities such as Cal Poly, UIC, Dixie State, and Georgia State. We are also working to grow our independent learner population. This is where students have the opportunity to take the online Anaplan training outside of an instructor-supported project.
This year we're excited about the opportunity to support students in the development of their Anaplan skills and connect with the Anaplan ecosystem for future job opportunities!
Are you a student looking to learn more about the University Connect program, or are you an employer looking for skilled talent to support your business needs? Let's chat!
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Hello Everyone, I have been with Anaplan for over three years now. It has been nothing but fantastic. I took an idea Jerome Feltraco had of providing free Anaplan access and training for universities & colleges for learning purposes and ran with it. I have grown the University Connect program to a global program. We have three talented individuals working on the University Connect team, Heather Matthews, myself and Grace Bergeron. It's crazy how quickly a program can grow from an idea to a global program. Although I do not sell into the Universities I can connect with the deans and professors who would have an interest in exposing their students to free access and training. Shoot me a message! I am happy to connect and share more firstname.lastname@example.org My goal in this group is to help educate you on how you can get Anaplan taught at your prospective universities as well as build a future pipeline of skilled individuals to hire from.
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Hello Everyone, I am so excited about the Live User Group tomorrow. I live in a small historic town in Minnesota called Stillwater. I started working with Anaplan almost three years ago and it was the best decision of my career. If you have met me before you will have heard me say that I have the best job at Anaplan. I really do. I created the Anaplan University Connect program and it's been quite an exciting adventure. The University Connect program connects Anaplan, educational institutions, customers and our consulting partners with the goal to help students develop skills that will allow them to make informed decisions and drive faster, more effective planning processes in the business world as well as add an extremely high demand skillset to their portfolio. You will hear from Heather Matthews, the Sr Global Direct of the University and Business Connect programs during the user group. Stay tuned! You won't want to miss it. Interested in collaborating on the University program? I'd love to hear from you. email@example.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/noellemurphy1/
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