By Thomas LaRock
PASS President

I’m so excited you could join us at the 2nd annual PASS Business Analytics Conference for an amazing time of learning and networking. Organized for the growing analytics community, the BA Conference brings together professionals from around the world to connect, share experiences, and learn more about the power of data to transform business.

From keynotes with Information is Beautiful author David McCandless and Microsoft’s dynamic duo of Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz to thought-leading sessions by over 75 of the world’s most knowledgeable and top-rated analytics speakers, you’ll walk away with the best practices and strategies you need to get the most from your data. The only problem may be picking which sessions to attend – remember to get the session recordings so you don’t miss a thing!

The BA Conference is all about meeting and talking with fellow analytics pros, sharing issues and solutions, and gaining new ideas and knowledge that will make you a better data professional. So go ahead and strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you in a session or at lunch and continue those valuable discussions in the hallways between presentations. Thanks to those who joined our Speed Networking event and connected with old friends and new ones at last night's Welcome Reception. And don’t miss tonight’s Unconference, featuring pizza and open discussions around community-proposed topics.

Take time to meet our sponsors and exhibitors and test-drive their analytics solutions in the Exhibit Hall. And make sure you bring your questions to the MVPs and BA- and BI-focused Virtual Chapters leaders in the Community Zone, where you can also talk with community leaders and local event organizers about the many ways you can stay involved in the community year-round.