Top 3 reasons to attend Analytics 2015 in Las Vegas

I’m not a big gambler, but there is something I would put my money on – analytics. Analytics is helping companies turn information into value. And yes, I mean money. If you want to learn about the latest analytics trends and get in on some of that “value” – attend […]

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2 days. 2 exams. 2 SAS certifications.

In just one weekend Shang-Hua Wu went from a SAS user to a super SAS user by getting not just one, but two SAS certifications – SAS Certified Base Programmer and SAS Certified Advanced Programmer. Wu wanted to earn his certifications to position himself for new career opportunities in the […]

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Why I love the Analytics conference series

Maggie Miller and I were chatting about the reasons for enjoying the Analytics 2014 conference in Las Vegas and I made a comment she thought was peculiar. I said that I liked the conference because I could talk about complicated things. She asked me to explain what I meant by that. […]

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Is trusting your gut the right way to go?

When I was young, the use of analytics wasn’t widespread – even in very large companies. Organizations relied on their leaders’ experience built on years in the industry. The more experience and knowledge a leader had, the better the decisions they made and the more successful the business was. The […]

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SAS Certification at Analytics 2014

Attending an industry conference requires an investment in time away from the office and maximizing that investment makes a lot of sense.  In addition to gaining insight into challenges facing the analytics industry today,  discovering and evaluating new products and services, and networking with the largest gathering of analytics professionals […]

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Higher education and analytics

It's my favorite time of year! The leaves are changing. Football is back. And it's also time for our annual Analytics conference. One of the best parts about my job is getting to attend the conference each year and host the Inside Analytics video series. Not everyone at the conference gets […]

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Is Hadoop the answer to big data?

Having spent a quarter of a century working on databases and on database-related technologies, I have developed an aura of skepticism on any new product that hits the market being presented as the best thing we have ever seen. It’s not that I love to revel in “I told you […]

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The SAS model factory – a big data solution

Do you have too many models to build, too many to manage, too few analytic resources or too much data?  A Model Factory may be your answer. The mindset of analytics is changing.  This represents the transformation from a “craftsman” dominated culture in which multiple weeks were spent cycling through […]

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Machine Learning at Scale with SAS and Cloudera

Imagine being able to get into your car and say “Take me to work.” Then, it automatically drives as you read the morning paper.  We’re not there yet. But we’re closer than you think. Google has already developed a prototype for a driverless car in the U.S.  Driverless cars are […]

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Big data becoming reality with SAS

In the last 5 years, the buzzword "big data" has spread like wildfire.  One could argue big data had been around prior, but during this time media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and C-level executives started to take a keen interest in this topic. No longer a problem […]

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