The 2nd Annual PASS BA Conference will take place in San Jose, California, May 7-9, 2014. The event brings together analysts and business intelligence experts from around the globe to connect, share experiences, and learn more about the fast-changing world of data exploration and the growing power of data to transform business.

The conference will feature more than 65 best-practices, how-to, and strategy sessions by leading business analytics (BA) and business intelligence (BI) experts from Intuit, Microsoft, SurveyMonkey, Wells Fargo, Yahoo! and others.

The event will showcase:

  • thought-leading panels
  • the latest partner solutions
  • a variety of networking opportunities

Microsoft Experts Kick Off Day 1

Microsoft's Kamal Hathi, Parnter Director, and Amir Nertz, Technical FellowMicrosoft's Kamal Hathi, Partner Director, and Amir Netz, Technical Fellow, will kick off the conference on Day 1 with their inspiring real-world demonstrations and data explorations as they tour the latest in BA and BI technologies that empower users to gather, analyze, and visualize data.

For more information and to register at the discounted rate by March 31, visit passbaconference.com.

Keynote Speaker Author David McCandless

David McCandlessAward-winning data visualization expert David McCandless, author of Information Is Beautiful, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 PASS Business Analytics Conference.

With his information design work appearing in over 40 publications internationally, London-based McCandless uses data visualization and infographics to explore new directions for journalism and discover new stories in data. His popular blog and book, Information Is Beautiful  (HarperCollins 2009), are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge, and data. He's also had pieces exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and the Tate Britain.

"By merging data, visual design, and storytelling, David McCandless' work continues to instruct and inspire data professionals as we strive to translate data into meaningful information," says PASS President Thomas LaRock. "We’re thrilled to welcome him to the PASS Business Analytics Conference as he shares his love of data and challenges us to better understand our businesses and the world around us through data."

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