(Dear reader – PASS just announced a few changes to BAC 2015. The strangely-worded announcement is already causing a hubbub on Twitter, and I thought, “There’s gotta be a way to say this stuff clearly and positively.” So I’m taking a shot at it – here goes. Keep in mind that I have nothing to do with the BAC, I’ve never attended it, and I don’t even know why they’re doing this stuff. I’m making this up as I go.)
Our annual PASS Summit is an incredible, mature event for data professionals. Every year, we’re lucky enough to get thousands of session submissions from volunteers all over the world who want to share their real-life experiences on amazing projects.
Our Business Analytics Conference targets a newer market: BA/BI practitioners, architects, and data scientists. We’ve learned that even though this is a young market, attendees don’t just want people who have done it on their laptop – they demand proven track records, and that doesn’t come cheap in a new market.
So we’ve decided to treat the BA Conference differently. We’re taking your attendee dollars and using them to buy training time from the very best analytics experts in the world. We understand that this means we won’t make much money on the conference, but after all, we’re a non-profit and we’re interested in growing a really strong community of sharing – just like we did with SQL Server.
These people are expensive, but we’re absolutely confident you’ll love their work. We’re excited to share the trainers and the agenda with you in the coming months.
Long-term, this conference is about data, and we want the session selections to be entirely data-driven. We want to use data about the sessions, speakers, and attendees to craft the perfect lineup. However, right now that process would require expertise we just don’t have available. We’re confident that as the community grows with us, that’s a project we’ll be able to tackle together as volunteers.
Until we get there, though, let’s learn from the very top notch industry experts that we never could have gotten for free. I believe this is an incredible training value, and I know you will too. Register now.
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