Why standard ETL tools are not designed to support analytics

IT folks love SQL (Standard Query Language). Once you know how to program in SQL, you can work with almost any database because it is a standard.  However, SQL is NOT a standard for doing analytics. The SAS programming language pre-dates SQL and even though SAS does SQL, SQL does not […]

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How to get analytic results across the enterprise

Over the years, in all my roles within SAS, I've been asked by customers, friends, family and all sorts of people, "What does SAS do?" Bottom-line: SAS delivers results across the organization, because that is what it was designed to do. Specifically, SAS was designed to deliver analytic results, which […]

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What do you get from the new SAS Visual Analytics Community?

Looking for an information exchange for visual analytics? I'm happy to announce the arrival of the new SAS Visual Analytics support community! Have a question? Ask it. Have an idea to share? Post it. Join and you’ll have access to lots of great information and resources. The SAS Visual Analytics […]

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What is your perception of SAS?

Our perceptions can impact others and influence decisions.  As a result, I always like to understand each customer's perception of what SAS is and what we do. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, however the response provides me with a chance to listen to our customers. […]

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Identify your analytics strengths and weaknesses

Industry-changing dynamics like mobility, smart products, social media and embedded computing put a premium on big data and the insights you can gain from organizational data. As a result, the opportunity to be disruptive with analytics has never been greater. Yet, when it comes to making analytics work, not all organizations […]

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All the news not to miss at SAS Global Forum

Couldn’t make SAS Global Forum in person this week? You don’t have to miss out on any of the great news announcements being made in San Francisco. Here’s a quick rundown. At SAS we have big data on the brain, and SAS Global Forum is our opportunity to showcase SAS […]

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Explaining the value of analytics doesn't have to be difficult or complex

It goes without saying that if you know the value of analytics, it can sometimes be frustrating when leaders who may not have an analytic background do not understand or see the difference between basic reporting and advanced analytics. At SAS, we often refer to those two very different things […]

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Analytics in education is everywhere

Did you ever experience a time where you hear or see the same thing over and over again? Whether you chalk it up to coincidence, immersion or saturation, you clearly start seeing the same ideas or topics discussed in multiple places. Lately, I have been hearing about the topic of […]

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Picture this: The power of analytics extended to everyone in your organization

In my last blog post I revealed the WOW factor of SAS Visual Analytics.  In summary: analyzing billions of rows of data, across vast numbers of columns, via 100+ correlation calculations in SECONDS (wow). What exactly does that mean?  SAS Visual Analytics takes full advantage of SAS’ high-performance analytics technology.  […]

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The growing shortage of analytical talent and where to find it

That there is a growing shortage of analytical talent in most of the economies of the world is clear. In a May 2011 report, the McKinsey Global Institute put some numbers on the demand: “By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with […]

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