We are in the final countdown to the Analytics 2013 Conference to be held next week, October 21-22 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.  There is a power-packed agenda for the conference, featuring four very strong keynote presentations from Dr. Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS; Ed Gaffin, Walt Disney World; Will Hakes, Link Analytics, and Sven Crone, Lancaster University.

The full conference agenda includes seven vertical tracks, with up to five hourly presentations in each track on both days.  The tracks cover a wide variety of analytical topics such as Big Data, Health Care, Marketing, Forecasting, Text Mining, and Operations Research.  There will be something for everyone, regardless of industry.  For the first time, we are offering a “SAS Presents” track with a focus on ‘Updates from Advanced Analytics’.

The conference has an outstanding group of sponsors,  with Teradata and Intel as Platinum Sponsors.  In addition to the commercial sponsors, we have 15 academic sponsors who will be showcasing the programs that are educating the next generation of analytical talent.

The Analytics and Data Mining Shootout features the top three student teams presenting their solutions to a prepared, hands-on problem.  Over 50 teams compete each year, the top three are awarded prizes, and three honorable mentions are announced.  Support for the competitions has been provided over the past seven years from the Institute for Health & Business Insight.  Stop by the presentations on Tuesday and discover the amazing work these students produce.

In addition to the shootout competition, we have over 50 posters that will be on display.  Students competed in a poster competition, and six poster winners were selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the conference.  Visit the sessions and chat with these student researchers.

The activities planned for attendees begin on Saturday, with an offering of SAS’ certification exam for predictive modeling using SAS® Enterprise Miner™ and continue on Sunday morning with additional certification exams. A number of workshops are scheduled for Sunday.  Following the completion of the conference agenda on Tuesday afternoon, eight, three-day courses are offered beginning Wednesday morning. Course topics include including predictive modeling, data mining, operations research, customer segmentation, econometrics, and forecasting.  The week is rounded out with four, two-day courses and a several one-day events.  These classes cover text mining, high performance analytics and visual analytics.

So, come join us for the Analytics 2013 Conference in Orlando and stay over for some great training opportunities.  Learn, share and network during the day and enjoy the social activities in the evenings.


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Jerry Oglesby

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