How to be a data scientist

Have you heard that data scientists are in demand, and wondered what it takes to be one? Take some advice from Wayne Thompson, Chief Data Scientist at SAS, and Chuck Kincaid, Engagement Director at Experis Business Analytics. Start by following these four pointers from Thompson and Kincaid, and then learn more by watching […]

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No one route to analytics success

I led an analytical culture track at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference last month in Washington, DC. I talked with leaders in fields as diverse as healthcare, chemical manufacturing and government. Although these organizations have very different operating models, their challenges, comments and questions were similar. They all recognized […]

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SAS Global Forum 2014: Spotlight on IT and SAS Administrators

I’ve been to a fair number of SAS User Group International (SUGI) and SAS Global Forum conferences over the years, but I don’t think I’ve been to one as productive, well-organized and fun as this year’s conference in Washington DC. Part of what made the conference very relevant for many […]

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Predictive analytics described in one word

At SAS Global Forum 2014 customers were asked to describe SAS in one word and they came up with quite a few including awesome, powerful, data, fun, easy, and of course statistics, analytics, and PROC.   Then I gave it some thought on what one word would I choose to describe SAS.  This […]

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Technology Connection offers R&D vision

“My goal is to constantly improve the quality and stability of our software while at the same time innovating,” said Vice President of SAS Resarch and Development Armistead Sapp yesterday at the SAS Global Forum Technology Connection. Hosted by Product Management Director Michele Eggers, the Technology Connection focused not only on […]

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'You are modernizing. And SAS is modernizing as well.'

SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jim Davis welcomed the Opening Session audience at SAS Global Forumall too appropriately: by using text analytics to create a word cloud, based on CEO Jim Goodnight’s remarks just minutes before. And he honed in on a word that stood out to […]

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Analyzing 40 million records per month, with more than 600 traits

If SAS users ever doubted their influence on SAS software, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight put any worries to rest during Opening Session of SAS Global Forum 2014 yesterday. In front of more than 4,500 attendees, and amidst images of the Lincoln Memorial and the US Capitol on the main stage of […]

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Twice the fun at SAS Global Forum 2014

Last month I shared the idea of fostering better communication and understanding between the SAS users and the IT organization by visiting each other at your places of work. A variation on that idea is for both parties to share a visit to a safe, neutral, inviting location where there […]

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Ask a statistician: Why do you love SAS?

So far in our "Ask the statistician" blog and video series, we have heard responses from statisticians to the following questions: Why is it important to celebrate the International Year of Statistics? How did you became interested in statistics? Why should students study statistics? How do you use statistics? What […]

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Ask a Statistician: What are the next big trends in statistics?

Out of all the questions that we asked in our "Ask the statistician" blog and video series at the recent SAS Global Forum, I was most intrigued to hear the responses to this next question: What are the next big trends in statistics? Watch the latest video in the series […]

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