I am sitting here in San Jose (Santa Clara actually) ready to attend the PASS Business Analyst Conference. It was hard to get those lyrics out of my head when I was flying to San Jose, but I am sure I will have a clear head once the action begins (I guess that shows my age – although I was VERY young at the time). Anyway, I digress. The PASS BA Conference is the premier annual conference for Business Analysts – those people that actually USE BI tools to add business value in their day to day job.
This year’s conference has a strong Excel focus with lots of Excel experts speaking on their favourite topics. Tomorrow I am attending Chandoo’s pre-conference session on interactive charts. I have been a fan of Chandoo’s blog for many years and I can’t wait to see him present in person. Then I have 2 days packed full of workshop sessions including my own session titled Becoming Team Awesome: How to Create Value and Present Data to Business Executives in SharePoint.
I will be posting updates on my experiences at the conference over the next few days.
It’s time to start planning for next year’s event.
It is never too early to plan to come to one of these events, and it may take some effort to convince your manager to let you come along (as I talked about in this post). Hopefully you will get a sense of the value from the blog posts I share, and maybe you can make it next year (if you didn’t manage to get here this year).