Dates to Remember:

March 15, 2017:
Registration opens for the 2017 Conference.
Register today!

Call for Presenters Welcome:
Consider sharing your knowledge with other PDS customers. Presenters are eligible for conference registration discounts.

August 16, 2017:
Last day for the room discount
at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

September 12-15, 2017:
2017 PDS UGA Conference held at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells,
outside of Palm Springs, California!

What our attendees say...

I would just like to say that the conference was great! It was really nice to meet the PDS staff that I speak with regularly and to grow the relationships we've built. The opportunity to connect with other users of Vista HRMS will prove invaluable. Thank you to everyone involved in organizing this fantastic event!"

Brad Davis

Legal Aid Ontario

Conference Highlights

The PDS UGA conference, themed “Vista - An Oasis of Possibilities”, is still in the planning process but we have already outlined a wide variety of sessions and workshops that will help you and your team learn more about Vista HRMS!

The agenda itself will evolve as we finalize content, but for planning purposes we’ve provided some highlights that will be covered during the event.

Conference sessions are designed to offer a variety of topics that will be of interest to all attendees. Sessions are organized into four tracks (Demonstration, Education, Exchange, and Technical) to aid attendees in determining their area of focus during the conference.

The Demonstration track offers new customers and new users an opportunity to delve into product areas that they aren’t yet familiar with. This is also a perfect opportunity for you to explore newer Vista HRMS components. Tap the knowledge of PDS experts and learn about what you don’t know!

The Education track will feature instructor-led Workshops that will cover a broad range of Vista HRMS product features. Each timeslot will feature one Workshop and offer attendees a hands-on opportunity to learn more about Vista!

The Exchange sessions focus on product usage and features a variety of presentations, many from customers who will share their experiences. Interested in a conference registration discount? Please consider a topic that you might share during one of these interactive sessions.

The Technical track includes an engaging mixture of educational presentations that delve into the more technical aspects of Vista HRMS. System Administrators won’t want to miss the knowledge transfer that occurs here.

We’ve also added eight Q&A discussion sessions (grouped by HR, Benefits, Payroll and Technical) so that attendees can discuss what they learned throughout the day with their peers.

Conference Sessions

HR Roundtable

Benefits Roundtable

Payroll Roundtable

Technical Roundtable

Vista Overview

Vista Recruiting

Performance Management

Vista Onboarding

Open Enrollment

Benefits Processing

Vista Analytics/Vista EasyAsk

Vista Reporting


Payroll Processing

Vista Time

Technical Tools

ACA Experience

Benefits Day to Day

Open Enrollment

Personalizing Vista

Reassessing Your Reporting

Vista Analytics

Vista Workflow

Communicating With Your Workforce Using Vista

Document Management

Reinventing Performance Reviews

The New Payroll Experience

Year-end Processing

Implementing Your New Career Center

Analytics Technically Speaking

Automate with Workflow

Optimizing HRMS at AECI

Development in Vista HRMS - Part I

Development in Vista HRMS - Part II

Development in Vista HRMS - Part III

EasyAsk Administration

External Interfaces


Payroll Engine Technically Speaking

Recruiting Under the Covers


Technical Topics

Conference Workshops: Application

Benefits 101

ACA 101: Setup

Benefits 101: Basic Benefit Plan Setup

Benefits 102: Combining Benefit Plan Eligibility Rules

Benefits 103: Linking Dependent Plans for Eligibility

Crystal 101: Crystal Report Basics

Crystal 102: Parameters, Multiple Views, Formulas, Etc.

Crystal 103: Crosstabs, Sub-reports, Stored Procedures

Crystal 104: Integration into Vista HRMS

HR 101: HR Structures

HR 102: Performance Reviews

HR 103: EEO

Payroll 101: Setup

Recruiting 101: Basic Setup and Qualifying Criteria

Recruiting 102: Requisitions through New-Hire

Security 101: Know your Rights

Conference Workshops: Technical

Analytics 101: Introduction to Analytics

Customizing 101: Custom Columns and Pages

Customizing 102: Advanced Coding Techniques

Enterprise Server 101: Basics

Enterprise Server 102: Job Types and External Databases

Enterprise Server 103: Crystal and HTML Reports

Enterprise Server 104: Launching Alternatives

Enterprise Server 105: Resolvable Keywords and Functions

External Interfaces 101: Introduction to Exporting

External Interfaces 102: Introduction to Importing

External Interfaces 103: Creating Automated Data Integrity Checks

SQL 101: Simple Queries

SQL 102 - Data Manipulation

SQL 103 - Stored Procedures

SQL 104 - User Exits

SQL 105: Complex Queries (CTEs, XML, and Functions)

Workflow 101: Basics

Workflow 102: Modifying Templates for Branching Flows

Workflow 103: Crystal and HTML Reports

Workflow 104: Launching

Workflow 105: Customizing the Workflow Approval Page

After we kick off the conference with a PDS company and Vista HRMS product roadmap, attendees will break up into teams to "brainstorm" ideas for product improvements. This event is always a highlight of the conference and allows product users to collaborate and provide PDS with valuable input. Later in the conference event, brainstorming teams meet once again to finalize their top priorities for development consideration. History has proven that conference attendees gain tremendous value from their participation in each of our conference events. Invest in your education and discover an oasis of possibilities with Vista!

We look forward to seeing you in California in September!


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