With under a month to go before the inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference, the industry is buzzing about business intelligence and business analytics. We asked our @passbac and PASS BA Conference Facebook followers how their roles are becoming more analytics focused and awarded five registration passes to the conference for the best answers. Some great insights and experiences were shared, and we’ve compiled them for your interest:

As the only DBA I am the point for our new BA / BI projects. We want to leverage PowerPivot and SharePoint with our existing Data Warehouse. Our goal as a manufacturing company is to better prepare to meet the demands of our customers.

Our DBA services team supports more and more self-service BI each month and is gaining unprecedented momentum as Office 2013 reaches more desktops enterprise wide. We're all asked to do more with less and self-service BI leveraged correctly is going to become the vehicle to meet that goal for our customers.

Using historical data to stock product for manufacturing, using prior sales to project the effect of changing pricing nets on internal costs, monitoring changing trends in the marketplace and the ability to confirm current system invoicing is calculating correctly. Current data requests have doubled in the past year.

I was hired as a Business Analyst to write basic reports and software requirements. My role has morphed into building the tools and infrastructure to provide actionable data to our clients. Knowledge on where they need to take action is what's really needed and basic reports can't accomplish that.

I was hired as a Business Analyst to write basic reports and software requirements. My role has morphed into building the tools and infrastructure to provide actionable data to our clients. Knowledge on where they need to take action is what's really needed and basic reports can't accomplish that.

We are using data and BI to gain insights on how to improve scholastic achievement in K12 Students (I work for a school).

Analytics help us discover the questions we are not asking yet.

We're increasingly getting more and more requests for forward-looking insights rather than rear-view metrics. This involves a lot more data mining and information intelligence than ever before. True data scientist work!

Analytics at our casino are moving more towards not only giving our guests offers, but giving them offers they'll enjoy - and doing so in a manner that takes external factors into account. Different segmentation in revolutionary ways, with a smart, fresh new outlook and appreciation for our data.

At Ernst & Young, we increasingly use analytics to provide business units and supporting risk functions with a comprehensive set of capabilities to analyze and assess business data to support key risk and performance indicators (e.g., control exceptions, potential irregular activities, excessive change activity, KPIs, KRIs).

Digging deeper into healthcare data, I have realized there are a lot of life saving answers buried under the terabytes (growing exponentially with ObamaCare coming) of prescription, encounter, demographic data we work with. I want to do a better job finding patterns, so care providers become proactive, instead of reactive.

I primarily work in the ePrescribing engineering group - writing code for the back-end and also win-form apps for various tools, but the last few years I'm called upon more and more to perform data mining tasks to research data. I looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly data that pops up during production.

I work as a BI Consultant and have seen analytics take over discussions at all organizational levels at my clients. With the ease of use in today’s BI tools applying data and contextual analysis is easier so salespeople, CFO’s and everyone in between is looking for behaviour patterns.

My role is increasingly based on performance measured by numbers. I use analytics to spot trends so small decisions can be made quickly.

We sit upon mountains of data where I work, but we're just beginning to learn how to turn it into true information. This conference would be a HUGE step toward that goal!

Our customer websites used to be nothing but operational grids of data. Now I define the dimensions and let users slice through the information to find trends meaningful to them.

I work @PROS_Inc and analyzing BIG DATA is our bread-and-butter. As we state on our website, "PROS big data analytics software helps you compete and win more effectively."

My role on enhancing data driven BI for processing our daily captured environmental data, performance measurements - will be accelerated attending this conference.

As a small business, Management is always looking for improved efficiency. More and more we are finding that by analyzing our existing data we can spot inefficiencies and track progress on process improvements.

Part of my role is to use analytics to optimize operational systems and processes (smarter operations). Also working on developing analytical dashboards for category managers helping them to monitor sales current status and identify local actions to launch.

Every second we are getting familiar with the incremental Analytics continuum to turn the data into real information and use data in imaginative ways to gain maximum value. Becoming a part of the #passbac conference would definitely help me to find out the story behind data.

I would just love to have the opportunity to attend this event as I feel it would greatly help my beginning in the BI/BA field that I started @2012pass

Employers expect students to be at ease with numbers and to using analytics to make decisions. As a college professor in market research, my courses are increasingly oriented around new technologies and analytic techniques.

So much data, so little time. Need to understand!

Our conversion to a new BI tool empowered myself and my colleagues to know that clear metrics are the reason for a well-developed DBMS.

I am becoming the defacto excel expert at my company. Keep them surprised by making large data pretty. :)

For years I've been telling them the What and the When ... now they're asking me What if? and Why? I need to attend the @passbac conference!

The Affordable Health Care Act has requirements for HealthCare providers participating in the HealthCare Exchanges. As we worked to build the functionality to participate in the exchanges with our partners the need for analytics quickly became apparent. In order to truly measure our health services against others that will be competing in the new exchange market we know that the better we build our BI analytics the better we can complete. With HealthCare data streams (including Medicare), as a provider the primary concern is always with patient care but we can easily leverage some of the BI tools to strip relevant facts and dimensional data from that stream to build our new Analytics system. With the sweet integration of the platform tools, SQL Server 2012, SSIS, SSAS, and Excel 2013 PowerPivot we were able to quickly build a prototype and are now in the process of developing a more robust system using those same tools.

We are a small custom software and consulting company and everyone we work with are finally coming around to the fact that their Data is important and want to know how to use BI tools to analyze and learn from what they have collected. We are trying to educate them and move them toward the latest SQL Server 2012 and Excel 2013 to expose all the new possibilities they can have at their fingertips. I would love to win registration to the PASS BA Conference and learn more about all the new tools.