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The Future of PASS

Cross-posted from the PASS Blog
By Adam Jorgensen

PASS just wrapped up its first Board meeting of the year and, as the minutes* will show, we passionately discussed the future of PASS. We must continue to service and grow our existing community but also recognize the need to meet the changing demands of insight-driven organizations. Our challenges are similar to those your firm or customers are experiencing. PASS needs more data, better ways to analyze it, and a renewed focus on solving business questions instead of focusing directly on tools.

Chris Webb’s recent editorial  touched on this need for change. I agree with Chris’ position that organizations are driving toward more and more analytic insight. This insight goes beyond system performance, beyond report speed, and even what kind of charts or graphs to use. Today’s companies must explore their data in new ways, use more of it to model better decisions, and do it faster and more nimbly than ever before. They don’t care how it happens so it’s up to us to figure it out. What an exciting opportunity for all of us to tackle this challenge together.

I feel blessed to work in an industry with so many strong players and vendor solutions that embrace the Microsoft Data Platform—giving us a strong lineage for the types of self-service solutions our companies and clients are looking for. The upcoming Business Analytics Conference focuses on these types of solutions. We’ve got sessions for the power analyst, BI practitioner, Excel guru, data scientist and anyone who is involved in solving these types of challenges for their executives. I know Chris said he is coming to the conference, and I’m looking forward to seeing him there. Those of us in the business intelligence field have long wished for this type of knowledge sharing to help bridge the gap between building these solutions and achieving viral adoption— with the goal of having our organizations use these analytic-based solutions to their fullest potential.

My challenge to you: explore the tools in this new area. We’ve got our Big Data and Business Analytics Virtual Chapters set up to start the transition and a top notch line of speakers for this inaugural event! I have carefully reviewed the program for the Business Analytics Conference and am very excited. It’s been a long time since we had more than a new cool feature to be excited about in the data platform space. These new tools, techniques and cross platform solutions are the kind of things a database person’s dreams are made of! I can’t wait to see you there. Stay up to date on the latest by following @sqlpass and @passbac.

* Board meeting minutes will be available at the end of February.

 

Why Attend? Check Out Our Full Program and This Letter to Your Boss

We’re excited to announce the full program for the PASS Business Analytics Conference, with over 60 sessions by top Microsoft and community experts on the hottest topics around data discovery, data exploration and visualization, predictive analytics, content management and architecture, collaboration, information strategies, and more.

From learning best practices and developing new connections with peers and experts to walking away with a deeper and broader understanding of Microsoft’s collaborative BA platform – Excel, SharePoint, Azure, Hadoop, Parallel Data Warehouse, and SQL Server – check out the top reasons you need to attend the BA Conference. Need help convincing your boss? To help you get buy-in from your manager, we’ve put together a letter you can customize with the top reasons your business will benefit from your attendance.

And remember that you can save $200 when you register by Friday, Jan. 25.

To all those who’ve already registered, thanks for your support and let’s make some noise! Spread the news and let your colleagues know you’ll be attending the analytics event of the year. Show off the conference attendee badge, Twibbon, signature, and banners on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages and on your emails, blogs, and websites. And we’ll see you in Chicago!
 

24 Hours of Free Business Analytics Webcasts Jan. 30

If you’re a business analytics professional, you don't want to miss our free 24 Hours of PASS: Business Analytics online event on January 30.

Beginning at 13:00 GMT (see the schedule in your time zone), some of the world’s top industry experts will take to the virtual stage to deliver a series of one-hour webcasts focused on data analytics and visualization, big data innovations and integration, information delivery, advanced analytics, and more.

This edition of 24 Hours of PASS will feature 12 hours of live business analytics webcasts, followed by 12 hours of on-demand replay. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is no cost to attend the webcasts. All you need to do is register now for each session you want to view. 
 
Wherever you're located, we hope you can join us for 24 hours of business analytics best practices, expert tips, and demos delivered directly to your computer. Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@pass24HOP) for the latest updates, and we'll "see" you there.
 
 
  
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