The first day of the PASS Business Analytics Conference began with an amazing keynote on the PASS organization, BI’s impact on businesses, and many new and exciting analytical tools available in Excel 2013. All of this in front of a packed room of at least 1000 Business Analysts and Business Intelligence developers ready to dig into presentations on Big Data, Predictive Analytics, and many business cases using a Microsoft and Open Source tools. By the end of it, we all wanted to have FUN the rest of the conference.
PASS President Bill Graziano opened things up introducing many attendees new to the PASS organization to the wealth of resources available to BA/BI professionals across the world. Especially our BI/BA Virtual Chapters. The vast majority of attendees at this conference were new to the PASS organization, so in case any of you reading missed it, there are 4 Virtual Chapters that have monthly meetings. Get plugged in!
- Business Analytics | http://bavc.sqlpass.org/
- Business Intelligence | http://bi.sqlpass.org/
- Master Data/Data Quality | http://masterdata.sqlpass.org/
- Big Data | http://bigdata.sqlpass.org/
Matthew Wolken then took the stage next and set the precedence for the conference with regards to how business analytics are very different with the advances of technology, mobile devices, and social media.
“When you think deep down, users of BI products have complete control of how they use their day. How much time they spend on BI. When BI is fun, they are using it. FUN has its own ROI. Focus on the element on fun.” -Amir Netz
“Big Data is not just size, there’s a life-cycle. Interesting insights. Find and combine data. Form Intuitions, analyze, and tune. Take action and operationalize.” – Kamal Hathi
One other mention. Sitting next to Mark Vaillancourt b|t at the bloggers table was another first for us. We were both first timers at PASS Summit 2011, and we were both thrilled to be there tweeting and writing at the first ever PASS Business Analytics conference. Unbelievable. Mark’s live blogging skills were outstanding and you can find his live blog post for Keynote Day 1 here.