How SAS Enterprise Guide saved a marriage

I don’t know what you did for the Memorial Day weekend, but I went to Boston to staff a booth at the Association for Psychological Science conference. I went to talk to university professors about the SAS Global Academic Program and SAS OnDemand for Academics software, which will soon be available at no cost to students (It is already available at no cost to professors for teaching purposes). Two big highlights for me on this trip:

First, I saw a game at Fenway, something I haven’t done since I was 10. The view was a little obstructed by Pesky’s Pole, and the Sox lost 12-5. Still, I was in heaven.

Second, at the conference, a psychology professor walked right up to our booth and said “I like what SAS can do, but I don’t find the programming to be very intuitive”. I asked her if she had seen Enterprise Guide (available thru OnDemand for Academics), and she hadn’t. I gave her a brief demo of the menu driven interface, all point and click, no programming required. She was impressed, but raised a serious concern. “My husband’s a “math guy” and really likes SAS programming. He won’t like this”. So I showed her that you could access the code that your ‘pointing and clicking’ created, modify the code, save the code, email the code, and even write code from scratch. She stared at the screen for a moment, digested the implications, and said “I think this could save my marriage.”

Who knew booth duty could turn into marriage counseling? Think Enterprise Guide might help you too? Check out this brief demo.

tags: enterprise guide


  1. Alison
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    What a great story!

  2. Michele Reister
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    That made me laugh out loud. Thanks Mark!

  3. marilyn
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    if only I could get some OJT on EG! I would use it all the time!!
    but I don't thiunk our admin knows how to set it up...

  4. Mark Stevens
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Two books that can help quickly with OJT for EG are "SAS for Dummies" and "The Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide", both available from SAS publishing,
    And point your admin to our tech support at

  5. Christine
    Posted June 13, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you... I will be checking those books out as well. And great story... It doesnt get any better then Fenway!!!

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