It's no surprise that a recent Gartner study revealed that business analytics (BA) and business intelligence (BI) software is now the fourth-largest application software segment. At the PASS Business Analytics Conference, April 10-12 in Chicago, Illinois, you can find the best BA and BI solutions for your organization and learn how to effectively use them.
SolidQ mentor Paul Turley will present "Visualization Choices: What, When, and How?" Paul will answer commonly asked questions such as "When do you use a sparkline, column, or line chart?" and "How do you create a business scorecard—and with what tool?" Using Excel, Power View, and Report Builder, Paul will guide you through the choices and help you apply the right visual to your business data.
The Conference exhibit hall provides accessible information on BA and BI tools and services offered by market leaders such as Microsoft and SolidQ, removing the need for you to do all the research yourself. With hands-on demonstrations, you can even “test drive tools”.
How can you turn text from social networks (e.g., Tweets, Facebook posts, forum discussions) into knowledge for brand reputation analyses, market predictions, and automatic learning? Paco Gonzalez, and Rubén Pertusa Lopez, both SolidQ mentors, will answer this question in the session "Social Text, Sentiment, and Tone Analysis." They'll discuss the tools and techniques you can use, including a tone analysis tool for economic indicators.
If you want to learn how to implement an Agile development approach, you'll want to check out the sessions "Delivering Agile BI Solutions" and "Inside Atento: Strategies for a Corporate Data Warehouse." In "Delivering Agile BI Solutions," SolidQ consultant Dave DuVarney will show you how to set up an Agile BI team. He'll discuss the roles and meeting cadence in an Agile team, how to track user requirements and feedback, as well as how to break large analytical needs into small iterations. In "Inside Atento: Strategies for a Corporate Data Warehouse," SolidQ mentor Javier Torrenteras will reveal how Atento, a call center company with offices in 16 countries, used Agile methodologies to build an enterprise data warehouse.
You can learn the functional and performance differences between the traditional R open-source environment for statistical analysis and the newer Julia dynamic programming language for technical computing in the session "Data Analysis with R and Julia." Mark Tabladillo, a consultant for SolidQ, will demonstrate their uses with Windows. Mark will co-present one of the five full-day pre-conference workshops, "A Best Practices Cookbook for Data Mining."
For more information on the sessions and pre-conference workshops, visit PASS Business Analytics Conference. Receive a $250 discount on the registration fee by providing the registration code SQjoinBAC.