Post by Rob Collie I Interviewed Bill Via Phone – Me in the Arctic of Ohio, Bill in his Winter HQ Down in Florida It’s not often that you’re asked to interview one of your friends, but that happened to me last week. The folks at PASS thought it would be interesting if I interviewed Bill Jelen, and then we published that interview on the PASS Business Analytics Conference site. An excuse for me to call up Bill and jaw…
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The “Modern Excel” Vibe is Taking Over This Year’s Speaker Lineup.
Come Hang Out With Us… And Oh Yeah, Attend Our Sessions
Getting the Band
Holy cow folks, am I stoked! Look at that lineup! I’d go to this event (PASS Business Analytics Conference) just to HANG OUT with these people. Other than the Excel MVP Summit at Microsoft HQ, you don’t ever really find this many “EXCELebrities” in one place. (See what I did there? I made a new word! Let’s make it stick.)
But unlike the MVP Summit, this event is open to the public. Come hang out with us. And oh yeah, attend our sessions too!
Registration Discount Code
Register using the official PowerPivotPro discount code BASPROB and save $150.
Full Day Pre-Conference Sessions by Rob/Avi… and Chandoo!
Post by Rob Collie Our July Class in Cleveland – 90% of these Fine Folks Came from Out of State!(And One From Australia!) Taking it to the East Coast – and Beyond After running three consecutive classes in Cleveland (April, July, and August), and seeing a packed classroom for the last two, we’ve decided that I should start occasionally venturing out of the Heartland and teaching the class elsewhere too. This time we’re going to be partnering with Microsoft itself,…
53 People Showed Up for My Full-Day Pre-Conference Session on Power Pivot(Definitely the Largest Class I Have Ever Taught) I know, it’s nearly 2:00 Wednesday morning, Eastern time, as I write this. But on the West Coast, hey, it IS still technically Tuesday, so this post isn’t really that late. Heh heh. As usual, I burned a lot of psychic energy teaching the class today, leaving me pretty drained at day’s end. But wow, totally worth it – which…
Yes, I Look Precisely Like This in Person (But No, I Don’t Have One of Those Little Teacher Batons) The last time we did this was a blast. So we thought we’d do it again, this time with more advanced notice. I met some truly amazing people – even the lunch breaks were just a lot of fun. And, as amazing people are inclined to do, they are now off doing amazing things with their data. Half the class…
One of my Intro “Slides” for Next Week(“Slides” in quotes because the live version is animated) I’ve mentioned before that I am speaking at the 2nd annual PASS Business Analytics Conference, aka BACON, and I’ve also mentioned that I’m scheduled to present three separate sessions: A full-day pre-conference session – a Power Pivot Jumpstart, if you will. A joint presentation with Mike Miskell of Kaman Industrial Technologies, where we talk about their tremendous Enterprise-wide scorecarding success with Power Pivot.…
Rob here, checking in quickly… 1) Check out today’s guest post below. I needed to add these updates but I don’t want to push Seth off of the page and have you miss his perspective. Click here to view his brief thoughts. 2) Yeah, the site was down for 13 hours yesterday. Bluehost had a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers. We hired a local consultant yesterday and are moving everything “in house.” Buh bye, Bluehost. 3) I’ve added another…
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Year One Was Great, So I’m Speaking Again – San Jose CA, May 7-9
I really enjoyed the inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference, aka PASS BACON, last year. Before that, I’d never been to a conference that was even remotely aimed at “my kind of people.” That all changed for me last year. I think we have found our home.
THIS is the kind of conference we need – one that’s accessible without heavy technology expertise. One where Business Impact take center stage, and the only pre-requisite is that you enjoy working with data. (And it helps if you don’t flinch at the word “Microsoft.”)
Which suits us Excel folks to a tee, doesn’t it? They might as well put us on the front page. But an explicit mention of Excel would scare off those other people – the non-Excel people (that we outnumber 100 to 1). Honestly I think we should just take this thing over. You know, like… Occupy BACON. (Brief pause while I replace the previously-bland title of this post with precisely that).
Putting my time where my mouth is, this year I am “doubling down” and presenting two sessions – a full-day “pre-con” and a “regular” session – see below for details. AND I’m in discussions about presenting a third session as well, stay tuned on that.
A little bird told us that last year, more people signed up for PASS BACON using the PowerPivotPro discount code than any other discount code.
Pretty cool, eh? Anyway, there’s a discount code again this year, but I’ve been slow to share it. Let’s pretend we did that to give all those “non-Excel” websites a head start, given that whole “100 to 1 outnumber” thing (in reality I have just been swamped).