BI & Analytics Conferences That Belong on Your 2018 Calendar

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Data, not bitcoin, is still the golden ticket. But how do you get insight from data if not with the latest business intelligence and analytics tools? Most companies and their BI end users could use some help. Check out this list of data and analytics conferences coming up in 2018.

We’ve updated this list for the rest of 2018. Click here to skip directly to those conferences.

TDWI Las Vegas

Feb. 11-16
(Also TDWI Chicago, May 6-11; TDWI Anaheim, Aug. 5-10; TDWI Orlando, Nov. 11-16)

TDWI’s conferences emphasize vendor-neutral training in data science, business analytics and data management. Data leaders get updates on the latest trends and technologies, as well as training in new skills and best practices. Don’t miss the full day session Dashboard Design and Adoption: How to Make Business Impact.

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2018

March 5-8, Grapevine, TX

Gartner holds its annual summit in March to help data and analytics leaders develop skills in data management, BI and analytics. The goal of the summit is to facilitate the shift toward a data-driven culture, enabling better business insight. Topics covered will include AI, blockchain, stream processing and IoT. Particularly relevant this year are talks on the new European data privacy law like Value (for) Your Customer: How Privacy in the GDPR Relates to Consent and Analytics.

Great Lakes Business Intelligence & Big Data Summit

March 15, Detroit, MI

Held in a slightly different corner of the country than other conferences, this one day event will pack keynotes from industry experts, vendor software demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities into a one day session.

Think 2018

March 19-22, Las Vegas, NV

An astronaut! Rock bands! Lisa Ling! Wade Davis! All that, plus experts on blockchain, AI, data, IoT, security, cloud to IT infrastructure and more. And don’t miss the sessions on Watson and IBM Research.

Marketing Analytics and Data Science

April 11-13, San Francisco, CA

The 2018 Data Science & Marketing Analytics Conference will teach you to use data as a driver for business success. This conference is designed around a series of workshops, but don’t miss the keynote talk Self-Service Analytics: Teaching People to Fish in an Ocean of Data.

Business Intelligence / Analytics / Big Data Strategies by Camp IT

April 12 and Nov. 29, Chicago, IL

It can be a challenge getting business units to adopt BI. This one day (accredited) event will focus on strategies to get the most value when you design and implement analytics for your business. The conference features a number of talks on big data; for everyone else How to Partner with the Business to Best Leverage Business Intelligence for Operational Benefit is a great option.

Informs Business Analytics Conference

April 15-17, Baltimore, MD

This conference will host a lineup of analytics professionals and industry experts discussing their approaches to generating better outcomes with analytics. It will feature over 150 talks, plus an analytics career fair.

Big Data Innovation Summit

April 19-20, San Francisco, CA

The summit offers expert insight through presentations and interactive workshops. More than 60 industry leaders are scheduled to speak, with 200 plus senior level executives attending.


May 22-24, New York, NY

DataDisrupt focuses on the impact of large scale data sets, analytic techniques, new data sources, new technologies and entrepreneurs in financial services. We think “disrupt” applied to anything is a bit of a cliché, but there’s no denying that this conference has a lineup of heavy hitters from companies leading in technology.

Data Works Summit

June 17-21, San Jose, CA

Business and technical tracks will cover the latest data technologies including AI, IoT and advanced analytics. The focus will be on next generation data platforms and open source technology.

Real Business Intelligence

June 27-28, Cambridge, MA

The Dresner Advisory Services Real Business Intelligence conference focuses on how to succeed with BI, with topics on advanced analytics and performance management. Worth a listen: Nathan Kollett on Self-Service Business Intelligence: Separating Hype from Reality.

Strata Data Conference

September 11-13, New York, NY

Among the variety of talks and training sessions at this conference are those by Bonnie Barrilleaux of LinkedIn on Perverse Incentives in Metrics: Inequality in the Like Economy and Brian O’Neill on UX Strategies for Underperforming Analytics Services and Data Products.

The Data Science Conference

Sept 20-21, Chicago, IL

This is a data scientist-oriented conference featuring speakers from a wide range of enterprise verticals; refreshingly, there are no vendors or sales pitches at this event.

TDWI Boston Seminar: Visualization, Dashboards & Analytics Adoption

Sept 24-26, Boston, MA

Adoption of analytics continues to be a challenge for organizations. This workshop-format event aims at helping attendees improve adoption and realize more business value from their products’ analytics.

2018 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference

Oct 18-20, Cincinnati, OH

This conference is designed to share technical knowledge, build community and cultivate influence and leadership among women in the data science and statistics fields. To that end, an online career service runs concurrently with the event.

Business Intelligence Innovation Summit

October 30-31, Chicago, IL

This event covers primarily enterprise-level business intelligence issues, including Dariusz Zyskowski, BI Analytics Manager for the City of Chicago on the provocatively titled topic Enterprise BI – Should It Die?.

TDWI Orlando Conference

Nov 11-16, Orlando, FL

This conference features tracks on data architectures, data management, analytic insights, and data strategy and leadership. Must see talks include Rick Sherman on Designing a Self-Service BI Environment That Avoids Data Anarchy & Enables Analytics.


Nov 28-30, Atlanta, GA

From the folks behind Atlanta’s popular Connect.Tech conference, this conference is dedicated to machine learning, data science and more – plus a one day workshop covering topics like machine learning with Python and TensorFlow, Data Science with R, and more.

Chief Data Officer Summit

December 12-13, New York, NY

As the role of chief data officer gains importance in organizations, there is still no clear consensus on what that role entails. This conference is enterprise- and data scientist-oriented; although its agenda is still in development, its theme is timely and relevant.

Many of these conferences are still in the development stage, which means there are opportunities to present your own research and best practices. Are there any conferences missing? Please let us know in the comments.


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