Whether you’re a giant multinational firm or a tiny startup, companies of all sizes and industries agree that business intelligence tools are essential. BI and analytics provide users with the incisive data-driven insights that they need to make smarter business decisions and better serve their customers.

Unfortunately, far too many companies fail to achieve their BI and analytics ideals. IT research and advisory firm Gartner has found in a 2018 survey that 87 percent of organizations have “low business intelligence and analytics maturity.” Reasons for the lack of BI maturity include aging legacy IT infrastructure, poor collaboration between business and IT, and inefficient processes prone to bottlenecks.

The good news is that you can learn to fix these issues—and what better way to learn than by attending a BI conference? As we head into the new year, we’ve written this article for companies who’ve resolved to do better with their BI and analytics workflows. The following 5 events should be of interest to anyone looking to attend BI conferences in 2020:

1. Strata Data Conference 2020

2. IBM Think 2020

3. QlikWorld 2020

4. AI & Big Data Expo North America 2020

5. Tableau Conference 2020

1. Strata Data Conference 2020

Date: April 20-23, 2020

City: London, UK

Location: ExCeL London

Feel like going across the pond for your BI events in 2020? Look no further than the Strata Data Conference 2020 in London. The event is a collaboration between the technology book publisher O’Reilly Media and the cloud software company Cloudera.

In the words of the conference organizers, the Strata Data Conference will teach you “how to leverage your data investments and turn raw data into competitive advantage.” While information on the event’s schedule is currently scant, the website indicates that there will be training sessions, tutorials, and conferences. You can find highlights from the 2019 event on the O’Reilly website.

Early registration for the Strata Data Conference will end January 31 and cheaper pricing ends February 28. Based on last year’s pricing, the cost of an early bird ticket will likely be around £795 ($882 USD).

2. IBM Think 2020

Date: May 4-7, 2020

City: San Francisco, CA

Location: Moscone Center

IBM’s annual business and technology conference is known as IBM Think. According to the event’s website, IBM Think 2020 will provide “hands-on experience with the latest advancements in open technologies, from hybrid multicloud to data and AI.” The conference includes four days of talks, educational sessions, laboratories, and meetings with tech innovators.

Speakers at the 2020 conference will include IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, IBM senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software Arvind Krishna, and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst. IBM Think 2020 will also feature luminaries from a variety of fields, including actress and neuroscientist Mayim Balik, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and recording artist Imogen Heap.

The “super saver” rate for a full conference pass is available until February 14, with a price of $1,995. Standard prices are $500 more at $2,495.

3. QlikWorld 2020

Date: May 11-14, 2020

City: Phoenix, AZ

Location: Phoenix Convention Center

Qlik is a powerful BI and analytics platform used by more than 24,000 organizations worldwide to uncover valuable business insights. The annual QlikWorld (formerly Qonnections) conference brings together Qlik users around the globe, educating attendees about the hottest trends and best practices for data integration, analytics and AI.

The QlikWorld 2020 event will feature speakers such as Qlik CEO Mike Capone, CTO Mike Potter, and CMO Rick Jackson. The conference will also feature more than 300 "breakout sessions" on topics such as the latest Qlik features and intriguing Qlik use cases.

Registration for QlikWorld 2020 is currently open, with a full conference pass going for $1,495. Discounts are available for groups and government employees.

4. AI & Big Data Expo North America 2020

Date: November 4-5, 2020

City: Santa Clara, CA

Location: Santa Clara Convention Center

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are essential tools for BI and analytics practitioners. For example, 70 percent of enterprise data is unstructured, existing in quantities too great for any human to process by hand. AI tools can help automatically extract valuable information from these unstructured sources, giving you greater clarity and a massive productivity boost.

It’s for reasons like these that the AI & Big Data Expo 2020 will be convened. With 12,000 expected attendees and more than 500 speakers, the conference is an enormous opportunity for BI practitioners to meet like-minded colleagues and learn about the future of the field. The 2019 event featured a wide variety of topics, including predictive analytics, business intelligence, and AI-enabled digital transformation.

With the 2019 conference barely wrapped up, registration is already open for the AI & Big Data Expo 2020. The “Ultimate Pass” costs $949 for early birds, which steadily rises in price to a $1499 ticket on the day of the conference.

5. Tableau Conference 2020

Date:October 5th - 8th 2020

City: Las Vegas

Location: Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Tableau is one of the most popular tools for enterprise data visualization, BI, and analytics (and a competitor of Qlik). The platform makes it easy for even non-technical users to discover valuable insights. In support of this goal, the company hosts the annual Tableau Conference, which aims to “help people see and understand data.”

In 2019, the conference featured a keynote speech from Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky. Other events included hands-on training sessions, live demos of new features in Tableau, as well as an “Iron Viz Championship” in which three contestants competed to create the best data visualization.

The price of the full conference pass is $1,895, with an additional cost of $695 for the event’s training workshops if you so choose. 

Xplenty's Thoughts

There's plenty of opportunity at all 5 of these conferences for every business professional to learn, network, and discover. With technology and data analytic platforms constantly changing, it's important to do continued research and attend conferences to keep up-to-date. 

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