Tableau Conference Is Bigger Than PASS Summit

I was reading http://paultebraak.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/the-wisdom-of-the-tableau-crowd/ and, no disrespect intended at all to the Tableau universe,  I was astounded to see that the Tableau Conference is bigger than the PASS Summit. Both are in Seattle (different dates), and the prices look to be similar ($1495 is the number I saw for TC, but registration is closed/sold out). Looking at the Tableau event, I like what I see:

  • 220 sessions
  • Some “real” keynoters – by which I mean not Tableau (or in our case, SQL) people and some other featured speakers
  • Paul cites 5200 attendees (I believe him, I just don’t have a supporting link)

Good for Tableau!

Does it mean anything for PASS? Is bigger better? Many would argue not. If you’ve ever been to TechEd (10k attendees) you spend a lot of time walking. It’s just big. Yet I can’t help wonder what are they doing that has grown the event to this size in 7 years or so? Are they doing things (or not doing them) that PASS should be doing? Someone should – officially – go take a look. I don’t care about number for the sake of numbers, I care about serving the people in my craft. If we’re not doing that as well as can be done, we should be trying to do better, quickly.

2 thoughts on “Tableau Conference Is Bigger Than PASS Summit”

  1. I will actually be attending the Tableau Conference in a couple of weeks as well as SQL PASS Summit. 1st time for both. I think the reason the Tableau Conference gets so big is because at least in our case it was sold as part of the package of signing on with Tableau. I had to sell the idea of getting our CIO to approve me to attend the PASS Summit where the sales team at Tableau do that for us during sales calls and renewing of licensing.

    Personally I am far more excited about what I will get out of the PASS Summit than the Tableau Conference however I’m sure I will leave both with a wealth of knowledge.

    1. Ryan, thanks for adding that! Pretty smart strategy for Tableau! If you don’t mind, maybe post again after you do both, or drop me a note? Love to hear the comparison, and always like to know if we treated first time attendees well.

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