The official PASS Blog is where you’ll find the latest blog posts from PASS community members and the PASS Board. Contributors share their thoughts and discuss a wide variety of topics spanning PASS and the data community.

PASS Summit 2017: New Process for Call for Speakers

The PASS Summit Call for Speakers opens tomorrow and I want to clarify some of our process changes this year. To begin, I want to acknowledge all the hard work the program committee and additional community volunteers have put into the Summit program so far. The strategic vision of the Board is dri ...

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PASS Builds on Its Developer Relationships

Last summer, I shared with you that PASS conducted a survey to help us better understand our membership makeup. This process gave us insight into different audiences, training needs, preferred technologies, and learning preferences about our members. This marked a more strategic approach to how PASS ...

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Board Q&A Town Hall - Summit Program Innovation

Last Thursday on April 13, PASS held two town hall meetings to give members the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the PASS Summit program and the speaker selection process. I would like to thank the participants for engaging with us, sharing your concerns, and exchanging ideas. I ...

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Mapping Out PASS Summit Content Based on How You Do Your Job

PASS is shifting gears to keep up with the fast-changing nature of the global data landscape. As part of this evolution, the Summit program is moving to a content driven approach to better serve the community, and the breadth of functions involved in the data world. Changes are already underway with ...

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Chris Woodruff Appointed PASS Director, Community Development

I am excited to share with you that on March 23, the PASS Board voted on an appointment to fill the vacant Director-at-Large seat for Director, Community Development. Previously held by Ryan Adams, the appointment was unanimously supported and Chris Woodruff has officially stepped into this vacant s ...

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Changes to the PASS Summit 2017 Program, Pre-Conference Call for Interest, and a Community Survey

Exciting innovation is coming to this year’s PASS Summit program. With the Board committed to deliver the best possible educational experience for attendees, PASS has conducted industry research over the last few months to assess the Summit program. Current data points to the need for a substa ...

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Looking Ahead at the Future of Virtual Groups

Growth of our Virtual Groups has been incredible since they began 10 years ago. With 30 Virtual Groups (VGs), including eight with language-based content, we have delivered over 25,000 hours of online education so far during this fiscal year 2017. With the growth of our virtual and on-demand learnin ...

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First Business Analytics Day a Success

Last month, PASS delivered the first Business Analytics (BA) Day on January 11, 2017, in Chicago, IL. This intensive day of training provided attendees two different tracks for furthering their learning in analytics: Advanced Analytics or Data Visualization and I’m excited to announce it was a ...

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New PASS Website and Branding Now Live

I’m pleased to announce to the global PASS membership that our new website is now live! I am excited to share some of the changes with you today. Greatly enhanced functionality, features, and navigation The first thing you will notice is that we have moved to PASS.org as our new URL. This r ...

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Bringing You the Best Possible Summit Program

In years past, we would have announced a call to the community for volunteers and the upcoming call for speakers for this year’s PASS Summit by now. Some of you may be wondering why we haven’t done that yet, and I wanted to take this opportunity to walk through that with you. As you may ...

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