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PASS Summit Speaker Success Stories

The PASS programs team asked a selection of past speakers to share their experiences and journeys in becoming a PASS Summit speaker and how this has helped them further their careers.  We received a ton of great blogs, videos, and responses and wanted to share them all with the community...

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PASS Summit 2018 Programs

As January comes to a close, PASS Programs is getting into planning mode for Summit 2018 with our Community Content Survey, Pre-Conference Call for Interest, and Community Call for Speakers – get involved and share your thoughts!

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Community Spotlight: Discussing PASS Linux Content with OVA Winner Tracy Boggiano

Looking back on the PASS Marathon: Linux Edition and her ongoing work to develop Linux-based content for PASS Virtual Groups, Tracy Boggiano discusses what’s next for her involvement with PASS and the merits of utilizing SQL Server on Linux.

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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 Vertex42.com

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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