By Bill Graziano
PASS President

Welcome to an incredible time of learning and networking! I’m so excited you could join us at the inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference to connect with fellow analytics pros, share your experiences, and learn more about the power of data to transform business. Whether you’re a business analyst, data scientist, or BI/BA architect or practitioner, if your life revolves around data, you’re in the right place.

It’s an exhilarating time for data professionals as more and more organizations turn to data-driven insights to stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace. But staying up to speed in this rapidly changing world of data can be a challenge. How can Big Data, predictive analytics, data visualization, Hadoop, and even the new version of Excel help your organization get the most from its data? The BA Conference is here to help.

Organized by data professionals for data professionals, the BA Conference features more than 70 real-world sessions by 85 top industry experts on today’s hottest analytics topics. With five comprehensive topic tracks, your biggest problem over the next 2 days may be figuring out how to fit in all the presentations on your must-see list. And if you just can’t get to them all, make sure you stop by the registration desk and order the session recordings.

In addition to the amazing sessions lineup, we’re thrilled to bring you thought-leading keynotes by Microsoft BI’s Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz and award-winning economist and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt. I encourage you to take time to talk with our sponsors and exhibitors in the Expo Hall and check out the latest tools and solutions for enriching and simplifying your life in analytics. Then, make sure you visit our Community Zone to explore the many ways you can stay involved in the business analytics community year-round.

Whether at the Welcome Reception, during meals, in the hallways between sessions, or after hours as you enjoy beautiful downtown Chicago, please take full advantage of your time here to connect with the best and brightest minds from around the world of business intelligence and analytics and celebrate the power of data to make a difference.

Together, we can learn to make better data-driven decisions and take our companies to the next level.