BA Day Atlanta Speaker Feature: Patrick LeBlanc

How did you get started in the data world?  My blog post, How did I become a DBA, from November 2009 answers this question perfectly. In short, it was an accident. I needed a better way to track information for my job as a Mortgage Underwriter, so I built an Access database. From...

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BA Marathon Speaker Profile: David Moss

1. How did you get started in the BI world?  I qualified as an accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), early in life. I even recall using Lotus 1-2-3 and spent many years analyzing data in Excel creating monotonous tabular reports. I worked with various ERP packages and...

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Interested in Speaking at an Upcoming PASS Webinar?

PASS is hosting a BA Marathon this winter and we have open spots for dynamic speakers who offer new, innovative knowledge and skills. The BA Marathon consists of back-to-back webinars and are 60 minutes in length. If you are an expert in predictive analytics or R, contact us with your suggested topic by Oct 15. 

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Profile of a Fellow BA Professional

Jon Wittwer, Founder of

Tell us a little bit about your career path and what attracted you to data analysis. How did you make the leap from mechanical engineering to starting your own business which deals with creating spreadsheet-based tools? My interest in data analysis and visualization started in college. In...

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BA Conference Speaker Profile – Alex Hambelton, Oregon Lottery

Can you share with us what attracted you to a career in analytics?

I actually stumbled into my career when I was still in high school. At the time, I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I was going to continue my education. Fortunately, my dad nudged me to apply for an internship with the Oregon Lottery’s Research Department. He thought it would be a good experience and hopefully give me a clue about what to pursue after graduation. All I knew then was that I was good with numbers – I never thought it would turn into a career. Fast-forward nearly 15 years and I’m as hooked as I’ve ever been. I find there’s so much variety with the analytics field that it’s hard to get bored. There’s always a new project, different ways to look at data, and new analytics tools to explore.

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BA Conference Speaker Profile – Stacia Varga

Many years ago, I was working for a software company and managed a team of developers that customized our product for select customers. As part of our custom solution, we extracted data into a database so that we could run reports. (I had not heard of business intelligence at that time.) While doing some research to train my staff, I discovered a publication that described cubes and I was intrigued.

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BA Conference Speaker Profile – Danielle Stein Fairhurst

How did you get involved with financial modelling and analysis?

I travelled a lot when I was younger (as most Aussies do) and found myself in London during the booming 90s. Arriving with a finance degree and not much experience, I worked my way up in investment banking and found that Excel modeling was a critical skill to have as an analyst in that environment (although we didn’t really call it “financial modeling” back then). On my return to Australia I continued on my finance career whilst completing an MBA and eventually founded Plum Solutions to specialize in using Excel for the purpose of modeling and analysis.

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PASS BA Conference Speaker Profile: Jordan Goldmeier

We’re happy to have Jordan Goldmeier join us again this year. Jordan will be presenting “Data Disasters: How Data Visualization and Complexity Lead Us Astray”.

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Get to know BA Conference speaker Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

A profile of Business Analytics Conference 2016 speaker Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

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