There's a lot of ENERGY around SAS Global Forum

I'm not just talking about all the energy put in planning, scheduling, and supporting this great event, which is in Dallas, TX next week, April 26-29. I'm talking about all the presentations about using analytics in energy related industries, particularly in Utilities and in Oil and Gas. There is a […]

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Data science doing good

We’re living in revolutionary times. Nearly every interaction that occurs between our world and each other now occurs with a digital interface like a laptop, a cellphone or a FitBit. This digitization represents a paradigm shift in the way we’re instrumenting our world and the new bottom-up, democratized manner in […]

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Are you using downstream data to improve forecast accuracy?

Downstream data have been electronically available on a weekly basis since the late 1980s. But most companies have been slow to adopt downstream data for planning and forecasting purposes. Let's look at why that is. Downstream data is data that originates downstream on the demand side of the value chain. Examples […]

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If it's not broken, why fix (or change) it?

How many of us have heard or even said the phrase, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."  While on rare occasions this may be the correct approach, it is a statement that stops innovation and creativity in its tracks.  You might as well say, "Because we've always done it that […]

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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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