I went to the PASS Business Analytics Conference last week, and had an absolute blast. I presented two sessions, and attended many more, and was also part of the live blogging panel at both keynotes. I learned a lot, but the best part about attending the conference was all the people I met.
Many years ago, when I would attend conferences, I would just go back to my hotel and not bother meeting anyone. Big mistake. Over the years I have seen the value in meeting people. So, I make it a point to pre-arrange as many breakfasts/lunches/dinners/beers/coffees with people I would like to meet. Since this was a BI conference, I tried to meet every BI expert in the industry, and nearly did so! Not only did we share great insights into the wonderful world of BI, but I shared personal stories with many who I now consider friends. And I look forward to meeting up with everyone at the next conference.
Below are all the people I met (43, and I know I missed a few names – sorry!), with many of them taking the time out of their busy day to chat with me, including a number who I shared a meal with. How many people did you meet at your last conference?
Day 1: PASS Business Analytics Conference, The Art of Analytics and Day 2: PASS Business Analytics Conference, New 3D Mapping Analytics Tool for Excel and Day 3: PASS Business Analytics Conference, Analytics in Action