Looking back at this month’s inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference in Chicago, we can’t believe what an amazing experience it has been! This event included 70+ sessions over the course of two and a half days and was attended by more than 1,100 data professionals, ranging from business analysts and data scientists, to BA/BI practitioners, architects, and IT Pros. 

PASSBAC_Keynote_SpeechesThe conference objective was to teach data professionals how to take their companies to the next level with better data-driven decisions, real-world insights and solutions, prescriptive guidance, best practices, and strategic vision for analyzing, managing, and sharing business information and insights through Microsoft’s collaborative BA platform. We believe PASS BAC accomplished all that and more! Microsoft keynote speakers Amir Netz and Kamal Hathi created quite a stir with their announcement of the public preview of project codenamed GeoFlow, setting the Twittersphere abuzz! 

You can view the keynote speeches here, or you can read the announcement that was featured in our special three-part blog series on The Art of Analytics below:

Another major conference highlight was the keynote and book signing from Dr. Steven Levitt, award-winning economist and bestselling co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics.  Dr. Levitt spoke to an attentive crowd and he stressed the importance of analytical work, “You guys are the future. What you’re doing is the key to a business’ success or failure.”

PASS BAC proved to be a very exciting week, giving us a fresh perspective on the world of data — you can see more photos from the event on our Facebook page here. We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with so many professionals from around the world of business intelligence and analytics, and we look forward to seeing you all in Charlotte, this fall at PASS Summit 2013!