Risk & Decision Analysis Conferences

“Must attend” events for professionals dealing with risk in any industry. Complete list of conferences at http://www.palisade.com/UserConf/

Palisade Risk Conferences 2017: Pharma/Biotech in Mass., plus Bogotá and London


Join us in a city near you for an intensive conference on best practices in risk and decision analysis!

These events are free to attend and promise to be invaluable opportunities for broadening one’s knowledge of risk modeling, and networking with decision-making professionals in a range of industries.

Benefits of Palisade Risk Conferences:

  • Get more from @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite – get exposure to the latest techniques in risk and decision analysis so you can apply them to your own models.
  • Learn from experts – sessions are taught by Palisade’s consultants and trainers.
  • Networking opportunities – share ideas and speak with presenters, other attendees, and Palisade staff to gain valuable insight from many backgrounds.

Conference Dates:

Cambridge, Mass. – Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology industry focus
March 7th, 2017
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March 9th, 2017
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April 27th, 2017
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See the full conference and workshop schedule.

Attend a Palisade Regional Risk Conference!

Get ready–the Palisade Regional Risk Conference Series is embarking on its 2015 global tour, so make sure to book your tickets now! Our Attend a Palisade Regional Risk Conference!regional conferences have brought together risk and decision analysis professionals from Fortune Global 500 corporations to small consulting practices, and across every industry. The 2015 circuit is planning on making stops in the following cities, with more to be added:

Rio de Janeiro: 5 May Register Now
Johannesburg: 12 May Register Now
Madrid: 19 May Register Now
Melbourne: 21 May Register Now
Munich: 18 June Register Now

  » See the global list of conferences for 2015 for an event near you – dates TBD.

Also: Save the date for Palisade Risk Conference – New Orleans
Be sure to save the date for our Palisade Risk Conference in New Orleans! Dave MacAdams of Novelis  delivered a very popular and well-received keynote at last year’s two-day risk conference event. We are putting together the schedule for this November, and are looking forward to another exciting conference at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

New Orleans: 11-12 November

Must-Attend Regional Risk Conference Hosted in Chicago this July 17th

2014 Palisade Chicago Risk Conference

Next week, analysts and decision makers will gather in downtown Chicago for an intensive one-day conference on quantitative risk analysis.

» Register now – Complimentary registration

This “must attend” event will feature a selection of real-world case studies and software training. Case studies will be presented by industry experts about how they manage risk and uncertainty in a wide range of business applications. Software training on @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite will be given by Palisade staff, and include ideas and applications you can use.

This 2014 Palisade Risk Conference is part of a global, annual series of meetings where professionals share ideas and advance the practice of risk and decision analysis. More than 1,000 people attend Palisade Risk Conferences every year. For nearly a decade, these conferences have been helping managers in many different companies – from Fortune Global 500 to small consulting practices – make better decisions.

Here is what just a few participants have recently said:

“Very good conference with good usage of time.”    

       –Mark Mendonca, Program Risk Management, Ernst & Young

“Excellent conference. If there are numbers that vary, you should be here.”      

      –George Chiang, Independent Cost Analyst, Boeing Company

“We saw and discussed methods that directly apply to our problems, and learned to build upon them to come up with solutions.”    

       –Michael Watson, PMP, Senior Staff Integrated Planning, Lockheed Martin

» Register now to attend the Chicago event on July 17th

Copenhagen Risk Conference covered in “Global Banking & Finance Review”

Global Banking & Finance Review covers the Palisade Copenhagen Risk Conference to be held on March 31st, 2014 at the Bella Sky Comwell Hotel. 

Real-world case studies offering insight into managing risk and uncertainty will be presented by companies including 2L Consulting, Deloitte, The LEGO Group, Technical University of Denmark and Visual Reporting APS.

There will also be practical software training classes presented by Palisade trainers, consultants, and software engineers as well as one-to-one consulting sessions to discuss specific decision modeling challenges.

» Read the complete article here.

Schedules Announced for Risk Conferences in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Dubai

Presenters include Deloitte Risk Services,
Royal HaskoningDHV, Lego Group, DSM,
Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Petroleum

In their ninth year, the Palisade Risk Conferences have become “must attend” events for quantitative risk and decision analysis professionals. The schedules are set for Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Dubai. Each day promises a full slate of intensive software training by Palisade trainers, in-depth looks at risk modelling from industry experts, networking opportunties, and the chance to review your own model with Palisade consultants.

Copenhagen, 31st March
Amsterdam, 3rd April
Dubai, 8th April

Other 2014 dates include Bogotá, Madrid, Perth, Brisbane, London, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, and Melbourne, with more dates to be announced soon.

Risk Professionals Gather in Vegas for Palisade’s 2013 Risk Conference

The 2-day Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas brought together around 170 decision-makers from a wide range of industries at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

In the ever-popular Software Presentations track, Palisade developers and trainers covered features of the DecisionTools Suite and @RISK. At the same time, 3 additional tracks featured experts from CH2M Hill, Westinghouse, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Premera Blue Cross, Tennessee Valley Authority, and many others. These presentations covered industry case studies from fields as diverse as aerospace, energy, agriculture, finance, healthcare, and many more.

» View presentations from the 2013 Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas

Mark Krahn presented at 2013 Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas

Conference attendees were also able to meet with Palisade consultants in one-on-one Expert Sessions. The Expert Sessions were well-received by both conference participants and Palisade consultants and trainers. Participants get a chance to bring their own models for the consultant to review, while consultants get a chance to discuss interesting applications of Palisade software in detail.

As always, the Risk Conference events are invaluable opportunities for networking and learning. "As an introduction to the software, I thought this conference was eye-opening. As I get more familiar with the software, I can see future conferences being valuable in honing my skills and learning new tricks and different perspectives on using the software," said Cory Forgrave, Economic Analyst in the DOI Division of Energy and Mineral Development. See more quotes from participants below.


Keynote focuses on successful BorgWarner
project with Palisade Custom Development

Brian Maturi, Director of Risk Management at BorgWarner, delivered the keynote address. Mr. Maturi described the successful implementation of a capital appropriations model that is used by around 300 financial analysts, controllers and program managers in 17 countries around the world.

Maturi and BorgWarner worked with Palisade’s Custom Development team to incorporate @RISK functionality into their model so that non-expert users could easily input data, and obtain standardized reports for business managers. The users of the system are not statisticians, so the model needs to be powerful, yet simple. “We wanted a system that could model 90% of the risks rather than an overly complex system that tries to model everything,” said Maturi. Palisade developers were able to take his instructions and build a flexible model with the user interface he was looking for.

Explains Maturi, “We have educated about 2,000 managers over the years in how to interpret the @RISK outputs, and more importantly, how they can use the information to design business strategies to manage, mitigate and even exploit the risks using real options thinking.”

“We are with Palisade for the long haul,” adds Maturi. “My company is very, very good at engineering leading edge automotive products. Palisade is very, very good at building risk based models.”

» View Brian Maturi’s keynote presentation
» View presentations from the 2013 Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas


A Global Series

The 2013 Risk Conference series took place in over a dozen cities covering 6 continents, and brought together hundreds of risk analysis professionals. We have announced dates for the EMEA region for 2014, with more dates coming soon. We hope you will be able to join us.

» 2014 Conference dates

Chris Albright presenting  at 2013 Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas

» See more photos from the 2013 Vegas Risk Conference


Quotes from the 2013 Las Vegas event

"Very good conference with good usage of time."
— Mark Mendonca, Program Risk Management, Ernst & Young

"Excellent opportunity to explore all aspects  of risk analytics!"
— Kurt Carson, Senior Quant Analyst  in ERM group, Chelan PUD

"Excellent conference. Very informative.  Great topics."
— Laurie Rutherford, Director, Enterprise Risk Management at CenterPoint Energy

"Great conference!"
— Matt Rosenberg, RoseCap Investment Advisors

"A valuable and educative experience."
— Richard Horsfall, Consultant

"Excellent learning and networking opportunity."
— Mike Wallace, Consultant

 “As an introduction to the software, I thought this conference was eye-opening. As I get more familiar with the software, I can see future conferences being valuable in honing my skills and learning new tricks and different perspectives on using the software.”
Cory Forgrave, Economic Analyst in the DOI Division of Energy and Mineral Development




2013 Palisade Risk Conference Series – Three stops coming up in November: Paris, Milan and Las Vegas

We have three cities left to go in our 2013 Risk Conference SeriesParis, Milan and Las Vegas! We have spanned the globe and stopped in 11 cities in the past 7 months. Last week at our Moscow Risk Conference we were able to present our latest versions of @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite programs which have been completely translated into Russian. According to Craig Ferri, Palisade's EMEA & India Director, "The speakers were of very high standard, and attendees were excited about the software and looking forward to being able to download the presentations. It was a great success and we look forward to new partnerships in Russia."

2013 Palisade Risk ConferenceThe Moscow conference, as well as the others in the 2013 Palisade Risk Conference Series, are beneficial for both novice and experienced users of our risk and decision analysis products. If you are a new user and unfamiliar with @RISK and the DecisionTools Suite, we invite you to see why 93% of the Global Fortune 100 are using Palisade products to make better decisions. If you are an existing user, this is your opportunity to network and be exposed to some useful hints and tips to get more out of our software.

In general, Palisade software enables clients to be more confident in the decisions that they make, in a wide variety of industries and applications. Clients use Palisade software in industries ranging from oil & gas, mining, and finance, through to utilities, insurance, and banking, along with government, manufacturing, and logistics. So, if one of your responsibilities is to create or base decisions on a credit risk analysis, financial risk analysis, or maybe a pharmaceutical risk assessment, or if you are looking to improve your project risk management strategies, we invite you to join us in one of the following cities to learn how other people utilize our software.

Palisade Conférence régionale sur le risque
Paris – 12 novembre
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Palisade Regional Risk Conference Milan
Milan – November 14th
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Palisade Regional Risk Conference Las Vegas
Las Vegas – November 20th-21st *
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* 2-day event with 4 tracks for each day.


Previous 2013 Palisade Risk Conferences

An advantage of our software being available in 8 different languages is the Palisade's ability to provide risk analysis services throughout the world. The following is a list of the cities Palisade Risk Conferences were held this year. If you missed us in a city near you, be sure to look for us in 2014!


See also: Palisade Global Risk Conferences Advance Best Practices in Risk Management

Palisade Global Risk Conferences Advance Best Practices in Risk Management

Join us next week in London and Frankfurt.

In the last few months, nearly 1,000 professionals from around the world have gathered to push the boundaries of risk analysis through the Palisade Risk Conference series. Since March, Palisade Risk Conferences have been held in Santiago, Chile; São Paulo, Brazil; Johannesburg, South Africa; Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai, China. Decision makers from industry and academia have presented dozens of real-life case studies, applying sophisticated quantitative techniques in new and exciting ways. These innovative approaches use Monte Carlo simulation, optimization, decision trees, and other techniques found in Palisade’s @RISK and DecisionTools Suite software to solve a wide range of pressing problems.

2013 Palisade Risk ConferencesSome examples include:

  • Using stochastic modeling for financial analysis in the mining industry
    Presented by Collahuasi Mining Co
  • Assessing the financial viability of new projects
    Presented by the Brazil National Development Bank
  • Risk assessment of capital projects in the power industry
    Presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Achieving optimal inventory levels to minimize cost
    Presented by Mitsubishi Chemical Company
  • Risk assessment of food safety imports
    Presented by the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration
  • Probabilistic risk analysis of cross-border oil projects
    Presented by Sinopec

Join us next week in London and Frankfurt! Upcoming dates:

 » 2013 Palisade Risk Conference Series

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) uses @RISK to Model ROI on Energy Systems Investments

Det Norske Veritas (DNV) uses @RISK Global risk management consulting company DNV specializes in helping companies in the energy, maritime, healthcare and other industries identify, assess, and manage risks of all kinds.

DNV uses probabilistic modeling with @RISK to illustrate factors affecting the return on investment of energy systems. @RISK is used for a range of applications, including wind and solar feasibility, nuclear waste storage risk, carbon dioxide recycling, offshore drilling operations, and more. For each application, DNV performs sensitivity analysis and generates time-projected ROI curves.

Risk management is a key component in most of the work that DNV does for customers. Risk modeling software is an important part of that work.

DNV’s approach was presented at the 2010 Palisade Risk Conference in Las Vegas.

» Download the presentation Quantifying Risk in Energy Systems, as presented by Davion Hill, November 4, 2010
» Learn more about DNV

Using the DecisionTools Suite for a Biofuel Plant Analysis

Presented by Scott Mongeau of Biomatica at the
Palisade Risk Conference in Amsterdam, March 29, 2011

Biofuel Plant AnalysisAn energy development ‘risk / reward parity’ level is growing between new petroleum exploration and sustainable energy initiatives. This case uses a biofuel plant case study as an example of how a profitable business case can be made for a sustainable energy project using techniques commonly applied in petroleum exploration and engineering initiatives. The toolkit includes risk analysis using Monte Carlo simulation, sensitivity analysis, optimization, correlation, econometrics, decision trees, and real options.

The biofuel industry is expected to multiply its production by a factor of 50 by 2020. The uncertainties of government subsidy, tax credits, and loan guarantees are crucial to meeting biofuel profit margins. Stochastic analysis greatly improves the ability to pinpoint risk and to identify mitigation strategies. The case study uses @RISK to model biofuel project NPV, Evolver to suggest plant optimisation strategies, and PrecisionTree to guide strategic decision making. All of these software tools are part of the DecisionTools Suite.

The approaches presented have promise as a due-diligence tool for prospective sustainability entrepreneurs, investors, project managers, and firms.

» Read the full presentation