PASS Business Analytics Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

With the BAC just about three months away, PASS has announce that David McCandless, author of Information Is Beautiful, will be the leading keynote speaker.

Microsoft’s Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz will open the conference.  Kamal is the General Manager responsible for managing the overall strategy, design, development and delivery of SQL Server business intelligence technologies.

Amir is a Microsoft Technical Fellow, the world’s leading Business Intelligence expert, chief designer for Microsoft SQL Server and founder, inventor and architect for Microsoft’s BI technologies.


The PASS announcement today:

Information Is Beautiful Author David McCandless Keynoting at PASS Business Analytics Conference 2014

Leading an all-star speaker lineup of data experts from Intuit, Microsoft, SurveyMonkey, Wells Fargo, Yahoo! and more


CHICAGO, Illinois — February 18, 2014 — Award-winning information designer and data journalist David McCandless, author of Information Is Beautiful, will take center stage at the 2nd annual PASS Business Analytics Conference in San Jose, CA, May 7-9, leading an all-star speaker lineup from across the world of business analytics.

With his information design work appearing in over 40 publications internationally, London-based McCandless uses data visualization and infographics to explore new directions for journalism and discover new stories in data. His popular blog and book, Information Is Beautiful (HarperCollins 2009), are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge, and data. He’s also had pieces exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and the Tate Britain.

“By merging data, visual design, and storytelling, David McCandless’ work continues to instruct and inspire data professionals as we strive to translate data into meaningful information,” says PASS President Thomas LaRock. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the PASS Business Analytics Conference as he shares his love of data and challenges us to better understand our businesses and the world around us through data.”

Microsoft’s Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz, back by popular demand, will kick off the conference on Day 1 with their lively mix of real-world demonstrations and intriguing data explorations as they tour the latest in business analytics and BI technologies that empower users to gather, analyze, and visualize data.

Bringing together business analysts, data scientists, and business intelligence and IT pros, the PASS BA Conference will feature 65+ best-practices, how-to, and strategy sessions by top BA/BI experts from Intuit, Microsoft, SurveyMonkey, Wells Fargo, Yahoo! and more. The event will also showcase thought-leading panels, the latest partner solutions, and a variety of networking opportunities designed to give attendees the contacts, tools, and expertise they need to get the most out of their organization’s data.

For more information and to register at the discounted rate by March 31, visit

About PASS
PASS is an independent, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to empowering data professionals who leverage Microsoft technologies to connect, share, and learn. With a growing membership of more than 100K, PASS enables networking, knowledge sharing, and peer-based learning through local and virtual chapters, online events, local and regional events, and international conferences such as the PASS Business Analytics Conference. For more information, visit the PASS Web site at

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Paul Turley

Paul Turley

Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Principal Consultant for 3Cloud Solutions Specializing in Business Intelligence, SQL Server solutions, Power BI, Analysis Services & Reporting Services.

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