VENUE

89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

AGENDA

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Arrival & Networking

Arrive at The Langham Hotel and enjoy some beverages & snacks while networking with attendees.

1:30 - 1:40 PM: Welcome to SugarConnected

Speaker: Jason du Preez, SVP & GM of APAC, SugarCRM 

1:40 - 2:30 PM: From Good to Great – Navigating the Experience Economy

The battle for the hearts and minds of the customer is kicking into a new gear as digital laggards strive to close the gap on the leaders – and the leaders are taking steps to get and stay ahead! The challenge today is that customers expect a great experience – so just offering a good experience isn’t enough. We need to build and continuously improve digital and physical customer experiences that are personalized, memorable and consistent with our brand values. To achieve this requires agile processes and modern technology. But many businesses are experiencing a digital skills shortage – while increasing costs and supply chain disruptions are further impacting the customer experience. In his presentation, Tim Sheedy – Principal Advisor at Ecosystem – will answer the following questions:  

  • What are customer expectations today and how are they changing?  
  • What steps should Australian businesses take to meet changing customer priorities?  
  • What are businesses doing to thrive in the Experience Economy?  
  • What is the role of automation in helping businesses overcome skills, supply chain and cost challenges?  
  • How are businesses getting better clarity into their customers’ wants and needs?

Speaker: Tim Sheedy, Principal Advisor, Ecosystem

2:30 - 3:20 PM: What’s New? What’s Next? Future Direction & Innovation Highlights of SugarCRM

Hear about key technology trends and major business challenges that impact your sales, marketing, and service teams. Understand SugarCRM’s future direction and how we envision helping your organization thrive today and tomorrow. Learn about recent innovation highlights, see the latest key capabilities in action, and get a preview of future developments. 


Speakers: Zac Sprackett, CPO, SugarCRM & Adam Frank, Solution Consultant Director, SugarCRM 

3:40 - 4:20 PM: CRM Adoption at CQUniversity – Challenges, lessons learned and our new strategy


Speakers: Shaune Sinclair, Director Academic Systems and Transformation, Central Queensland University & Clare Hayward, CX Consultant, SugarCRM

4:20 - 4:30 PM: Closing Comments

Speaker: Jason du Preez, SVP & GM of APAC, SugarCRM

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Networking Reception

Join us to enjoy meaningful conversations, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Drawing Room. 

SPEAKERS

Adam Frank Solution Consultant Director, SugarCRM
As a Solutions Consulting Director at SugarCRM, Adam Frank is responsible for ensuring both commercial and technical alignment between problems and solutions. He works with sales and delivery teams to ensure that business outcomes are realized in a pragmatic fashion.
Tim Sheedy Principal Advisor, Ecosystem
Tim Sheedy brings more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing cloud, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and automation strategies to the Ecosystm network, to support businesses in their IT decisions. In his previous role, Sheedy spent 12 years at Forrester Research, most recently as a principal analyst, helping IT leaders improve their digital capabilities. Prior to this, he was research director for IT solutions at IDC in Australia, where he assisted IT suppliers in designing solutions to better fit market requirements, and IT buyers in improving the effectiveness of their IT functions. Beyond the office, Sheedy boasts an international reputation as an entertaining and informative public speaker on key trends in the IT market. 
Jason du Preez SVP & GM of APAC, SugarCRM
As SVP and GM, APAC, Jason joins Sugar as an accomplished IT executive, having worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. At Sugar, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sales, marketing, and service for the region, with experience spanning ERP, ITSM, CRM and CX. His IT career began as an ERP implementation consultant delivering large scale projects to manufacturers, and later joined Epicor Software, where he spent over 11 years in roles to include European Channel Manager, Sales and Marketing Director for ANZ and Managing Director of APAC. 
Jason also worked in the ITSM and CX space with Numara Software and then KANA Software where he led and built their APAC businesses. He looks forward to evangelizing Sugar’s next-generation CX capabilities that create customers for life. 
Zac Sprackett CPO, SugarCRM
Zac leads SugarCRM’s globally distributed product management, user experience, and engineering organizations. He is responsible for defining the product vision and strategy of the Sugar platform and for the execution of that strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in technology companies having held a variety of leadership roles. 
Previously, Zac served as Senior Vice President of Product, where he drove the strategic vision for the Sugar platform. Before SugarCRM, Zac held management positions at Geeknet, Mitel, VA Linux Systems and Corel Computer Corp. 
Shaune Sinclair Director Academic Systems & Transformation, Central Queensland University
Shaune Sinclair is a senior manager within the Digital Services Division at CQUniversity. 
Shaune’s system portfolio includes CRM, Student Engagement, HCM, and Course Administration. 
Shaune is also responsible for fostering the continual improvement of change management, digital transformation, adoption and benefits delivery practice across the Digital Services Directorate and CQUniversity. 

FAQ

Getting to the Langham Hotel

  • Distance to The Langham – Sydney:
    • Sydney Airport 5.7 miles / 9.1km, 45-min drive 
    • Central Station 2.2 miles / 3.5km, 14-min drive 
    • Circular Quay 1.1 miles / 1.9km, 7-min drive 
  • Taxi from Sydney Airport from AU$55 
  • Valet Parking AU$88 for 24 hours 
    • Note:Please note that valet parking must be booked in advance, and that the nearest and most convenient public car park is the Bangaroo Point Wilson Parking located on Hickson Road. (parking garage and parking lot) 
  • Visit Transport for Sydney to help plan your transportation options 

The Neighbourhood

The Langham is located in the heart of The Rocks District and overlooks the bustling Sydney Harbour, steps away from Sydneys best attractions.