Future Plans for the Visual Business Intelligence Workshops

Since founding Perceptual Edge back in 2003, I’ve put in an enormous number of miles on airplanes. I’ve made most of these flights to teach workshops. After 14 years of this, I’m sure you’ll understand when I say that I’m weary of travel.

I’m leading up to some news. I will only be teaching three more of my Visual Business Intelligence Workshops. This work is no less important than when I began, but I’m now ready to focus my efforts differently and to spend more of my time close to home.

When I began this venture, data visualization was not well known, but that would soon change. I helped to build data visualization into the popular field of study and work that it is today, but with popularity has come an incursion of nonsense and bad practices. I trust that the tide will shift in time, but I’ve done my part as an educator and will now leave it to others to carry on this important work.

In September of this year I’ll teach my final U.S.-based Visual Business Intelligence Workshop in Portland, Oregon and in April of next year I’ll teach my final non-U.S.-based workshop in Stockholm, Sweden. The only other workshop that I’ll be teaching will take place in Sydney, Australia next week. If you find this disappointing, I have some good news. My workshops will continue, just not with my direct involvement. Nick Desbarats, who has been teaching my courses privately for the last few years, will begin teaching my courses in public workshops as well through his own company, Practical Reporting. Nick will describe his plans in this blog soon.

Now that little of my time will be dedicated to teaching and travel, I’ll be shifting the focus of my work to more research and writing. I have several projects that have been waiting in the wings for uninterrupted time to become available. I’m thrilled that this time is finally at hand.

Take care,


9 Comments on “Future Plans for the Visual Business Intelligence Workshops”

By Jonathon Carrell. June 1st, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Best wishes for success in your upcoming projects! I look forward to seeing what you have in store.


By Trace Hancock. June 1st, 2017 at 1:18 pm

That’s really sad, but understandable. Your work has had a profound impact on me professionally and personally, and I feel fortunate to have attended two of your workshops. I do trust that Nick will do an amazing job but it just won’t be the same:)

I think I speak for others in saying we owe you a debt of gratitude for the contributions you’ve made in this field and for staying true to yourself. We’ll do our best to carry on this important work and share with others what we’ve learned.

Thanks Steve, and, like Jonathon, I look forward to seeing what you have in store!


By Kathie Rabel. June 1st, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Steve, I for one am really sad to think that you won’t be back in New Zealand again. I certainly have benefited from your passion as an educator as have many others. I know also that your keynote address at the AAIR FOrum in Wellington in 2015 was a highlight for all who attended. As those in my office will attest, I have taken on the role here of passing on the knowledge to anyone who will listen. Wishing you well in the future in your research and writing endeavours. I will miss running into you unexpectedly at airports!

By Marie Montoya. June 2nd, 2017 at 3:01 am

Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.

You have been instrumental in my introduction to great data visualisation and though I never got the chance to attend a workshop, I will continue to reference your books to educate others.

Be happy in all you do and THANK YOU. Without you data visualisation would be a much poorer place.

By Terry Hayden. June 2nd, 2017 at 8:30 am

You will be missed! You have sparked my interest in data visualization and I always look forward to your blog and reading the insights that you bring to the table. I consider you the unparalleled leader in this field.

Wishing you the best!

By Vincent Williams. June 2nd, 2017 at 9:58 am

Wishing you well Mr. Stephan, I feel your books are inspiring and is greatly needed, I’ve learn a lot from your books and look forward to what you have in store.

By Patrick Leunissen. June 9th, 2017 at 10:20 am

Hi Stephen,

Your work lives on. For me a great inspiration.

Thanx you for that!

Kind Regards,


By Bart Santing. June 10th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Your workshops have been an inspiration to me. I see the upside though: there must be a couple of more books in you waiting to materialize :) Take care!

By Scott. August 25th, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Best wishes for you Stephen. You have been an inspiration to me and your blog and books have helped me become the dashboard developer I am today. Keep fighting the good fight.

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