In the afterglow of the 7th annual Predictive Methods Conference, which was held in Dana Point, Calif. last week, I have to say that this is a consistently great show. Yes, I get paid to write some stories about what goes on at the event, but I get paid to write stories about a lot of industry conferences and I know a great show from a waste of time.
Attendees of this year's conference experienced far more than one of the most luxurious resorts in the region (perhaps the country, the St. Regis Monarch Beach), they also participated in sessions featuring some of the most advanced analytical thinkers in the industry. You can see all of the speakers on the conference website. Many of their presentations are due to show up there and I'm producing a series of podcasts recorded on site that will also likely make their way to that website.
While the sessions were excellent, much of the work done at this show--and it is much more of a working conference than many industry events--was done in the corridors and out on the verandas. The session speakers set the stage and then people got together and hashed out details in small groups. Except for the boot camps, of course. Those detailed educations sessions have really set PMC apart.
I was very impressed with the way the show came off, especially in light of the fact that this was the first year Veros Software hosted the entire event on its own. There were a number of great sponsors and the exhibit hall in the back of the main session room seemed to work out well, but the Veros team did all the heavy lifting to make this event the success it was. I'm already looking forward to next year.