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SQL business intelligence takes forefront at PASS events

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) will hold two SQL business intelligence events in the coming months. BI is big for SQL Server pros.

SQL business intelligence and business analytics has become one of the biggest topics for SQL Server professionals -- as well as all database professionals -- in the last five years.

As a response to that, the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) last year spun a new event from its annual, overarching conference: the PASS Business Analytics Conference. Last year, this SQL business intelligence event was in Chicago and included the unveiling of a public preview for GeoFlow, a 3-D mapping tool add-on for Microsoft Excel that uses SQL Server data to create animations and graphs.

Denise McInerney
Denise McInerney

This year, the event will be May 7-9 in San Jose, and will feature as many of the data-driven sessions as last year. But in addition, PASS will hold a 24-hour online business analytics event next month as a kind of preview for the full conference in May. That online event kicks off at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 5, and registration is free. In anticipation of the online SQL business intelligence event, spoke with Denise McInerney, vice president of marketing at PASS and a data engineer at Intuit.

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This was last published in January 2014

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Will you attend the PASS Business Analytics conference in May or the online event in February?
Yes. I would like to attend this conference.
I will be attempting to attend the online event in February
The online in February