Next Steps 2016 – 2017

Here’s my goals for 2016-2017:

Goal 1: Increased engagement, growth and empowerment of the existing BA community, focusing on relevant analytical technologies such as Power BI, R, AzureML, Python as well as SQL Server; the Microsoft data platform community.

Goal 2: Strengthen a platform for people to understand cloud and Big Data technologies better, whilst continuing to engage and grow people who are on the cloud journey.

Goal 3: Grow data leaders globally via embracing diversity and Professional Development programs

Goal 4: Continued efforts to enable PASS as a whole to deliver Goal 1, 2, 3 and 4.

For specific details, please read further below:

Goal 1: Increased engagement, growth and empowerment of the existing BA community, focusing on relevant analytical technologies such as Power BI, R, AzureML, Python as well as SQL Server; the Microsoft data platform community.

  • Connect with existing BA groups via community sources such as Meetup, to offer support and PASS Chapter benefits
  • Grow the volunteer pool by encouraging leadership in the BA space. This will mean engaging with existing leaders who are not in the PASS ecosystem, and offering practical support to help them to meet their leadership aspirations.
  • Continue to support the PASS Virtual Chapters that have BA content by assigning a dedicated ‘go to’ Microsoft resource to each of the Virtual Chapters. The ‘go to’ resource can help the VC to get speakers, high quality content and even perhaps present themselves.
  • Increase social media conversation by the introduction of ‘tweetjams’ on BA topics. These would be hosted by a volunteer.

Goal 2: Strengthen a platform for people to understand cloud and Big Data technologies better, whilst continuing to engage and grow people who are on the cloud journey.

  • Increased knowledge to support adoption and evangelising R as a technology and a business tool. A number of companies have recently extended R for big data use. For example, Hewlett-Packard created Distributed R, an open source package to run the language across computer clusters. Microsoft, which recently purchased R distributor Revolution Analytics, offers the R language as an interface for its Azure ML.
  • Analytics Learning Pathways to support the analyst who needs to do something with these large data stores, and the data guardians who need to protect both the underlying data, and the result sets. With the interest in R, it will also need to be matched by support for the DBAs – the data ‘guardians’ – who are responsible for storing the data. These Pathways would provision materials to User Groups, Virtual Chapters and virtual events.
  • Cloud Learning Pathways for people who are on the cloud journey from on-premise to full cloud, or hybrid solutions.
Goal 3: Grow data leaders globally via embracing diversity and Professional Development programs

I’d like to see PASS being ‘in tune’ with that message in order to help people move up the career ladder in their profession; putting the ‘Professional’ into PASS. I would like to prioritise Professional Development as a key pillar of PASS education, regardless of people’s background with data.

The Professional Development pillar can be seen in the ‘Communicate and Lead’ track which is a key part of PASS Business Analytics Conference in 2015. It is my intention that this will remain in 2016.

Goal 4: Continued efforts to enable PASS as a whole to deliver Goal 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I will continue to support renewed interest and energy for the social media strategy.

 

  • Set Twitter ‘surgery hours’, with varying degrees of success in terms of engagement
  • Increase accessibility and transparency by blogging my PASS journey on the Board
  • The PASS BA Twitter account is seeing some success in engagement; I would like this to increase for PASS BA and SQLPass Twitter accounts
  • I would like to use SlideShare to host presentations for PASS BA since this will lead to increased search hits for PASS material
  • I would like to see increased use of Twitter ‘papers’ to find material to serve the community who simply need timely bites of industry information throughout the day.
  • In line with my emphasis on diversity and Professional Development, I would like to see more thought leadership pieces from PASS members, and a forum to publish this information. I would like to propose a PASS Thought Leaders ‘blog’ for guest posts by community members on the PASS sites for SQLPass.org and the PASS BA sites. Volunteers would create and review material, and these pieces would feature in the Connector and BA emails in order to showcase community efforts and industry expertise.

 

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