The Inaugural PASS Business Analytics Day – Don’t Miss Out!

PASS is delivering its first ever Business Analytics (BA) Day on January 11, 2017, in Chicago, IL. BA Day is an intensive day of training that is designed to give attendees a deep-dive into one of two BA streams: Advanced Analytics or Data Visualization.

As leaders in providing educational content for the data professional, PASS is focused on exceptional learning opportunities for all areas of our membership, including those focused on advanced analytics and visualization.

Not sure if BA Day is for you? Check out the Top 5 Reasons to Attend:

    1.     Improve your skills with leading experts
            David Smith (R Community Lead at Revolution Analytics), Seth Mottaghinejad (Data Scientist), and Paul Turley (BI Architect and Microsoft
            Data Platform MVP) will guide you through in-depth R and BI topics.

    2.     Grow your professional network
            Meet other BA professionals and expand your networks and professional opportunities.

    3.     Become more data-driven
            Improve your business practices and become more competitive. Learn how to drive your business forward by unlocking data.

4.    Gain practical and immediate skills
        BA Day is focused on delivering immediate and practical knowledge that you can return to your workplace and use straight away.

5.     Enjoy the Windy City!
        Spend some time exploring Chicago. BA Day is conveniently located in the Microsoft Technology Center, in the heart of downtown Chicago,
        steps away from public transport and everything this cosmopolitan city has to offer.

We’re delivering all of this for a very competitive $595. If you’re a BA professional serious about your professional development, you can’t afford not to go.

For more details, please visit the PASS BA Day website. If you decide to attend, we hope you enjoy this new educational offering.

Wendy Pastrick

Director, PASS Virtual Chapters

Virtual Chapters Portfolio Update

Hello all. I’d like to take a few moments to update you on the Virtual Chapters (VC) portfolio. I’m excited to share that we are on-track to deliver a total of 35,000 training hours by 30 June 2016. We are also making good progress on our target to increase VC registrations from the LATAM and EMEA regions by 25%.

Our growth in regional attendees is tremendous in supporting our global community. But this has also made us acutely aware of the need to expand our time zone availability, as most VCs are currently held between 5pm and 6:30pm UTC. This time frame makes it difficult for southern hemisphere attendees to be involved. We are currently undertaking an off-hours pilot project with select VCs to investigate how we can expand these time zone offerings to other VCs.

We are also currently developing a VC Learning Pathways page where you will be able to easily access a variety of previously-recorded VC sessions. They will be categorized by topic and we’ll also have a “Highlights” section that will feature the top sessions chosen by VC leaders. This is an exciting new addition and we hope you will enjoy easy access to the many incredible presentations put on by our community members.

These are some of the activities we are undertaking to enhance Virtual Chapters in 2016. As we work to make changes and bring you improved learning opportunities throughout 2016, I will share more details with you.


Wendy Pastrick
Director, PASS Virtual Chapters