Years ago, I was at a user conference, listening to an attendee talk for 15 minutes during a break about a data quality job he had created. He had good reason to celebrate. The job had reduced the amount of work required to clean up product data within a data warehouse. How much of a reduction? What once took 40 percent of a data analyst’s time each week now required a 15-minute processing job. This was a true data quality "enthusiast," and his excitement was contagious.
This is why I've always loved a good users conference. These events can spur hundreds of conversations about how your technology works – and how it can improve the data that drives an organization. This information is indispensable, giving fellow technology users a chance to find new ways to solve old problems. It also gives those of us on the vendor side a unique insight into how the technology is used every day.
Each year, the SAS Global Forum provides educational and networking options for professionals focused on maximizing the value of data. In 2013, look for more conversations around data quality, data integration, data governance and master data management (MDM). These data management topics are a big focus for this year's event, being held at the Moscone West in San Francisco, April 28-May 1.
SAS Global Forum 2013 will feature hands-on workshops, demos and training focused on MDM, data quality, data governance and more. This year's agenda features a variety of options for attendees, including:
- Pre-conference training on April 24-26, including DataFlux Data Management Studio: Basics
- 50-minute hands-on workshops for SAS DataFlux technology
- Data management demos
The event isn't just about training and demos, however. SAS Global Forum provides ways for users to learn the latest tactics and techniques that can maximize their data management implementations. Look for presentations on a variety of topics, including:
- Best Practices in Enterprise Data Governance
- What’s New in SAS Data Management
- How to Do a Successful MDM Project in SAP Using SAS MDM Advanced
- SAS Data Integration Studio: The 30-Day Plan
Other sessions will focus on in-database data quality, entity resolution, optimizing for performance, and many more. For all SAS DataFlux users, this will be the place to be to share ideas and find new ways to maximize your data management program.
What sessions are you looking forward to at SAS Global Forum?