At the SAS analyst event in Steamboat, CO, in March, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight shared some interesting stats with attendees: Even in 2010's tough economy, SAS experienced 5.2 percent worldwide growth in US dollars. On top of that, SAS is still building new facilities, still winning workplace awards, and this
When Chris Brogan started his social media marketing agency New Marketing Labs, he stated that he would only work with Fortune 100 companies. He had no clients at the time, but lo and behold, Fortune 100 companies came calling. Now the agency’s client list includes Sony, Microsoft, PepsiCo, all of
How do you maintain a local feel in a central organization of 810 department stores in 45 states? Speaking at The Premier Business Leadership Series in Las Vegas, Steve Nevill, Executive Vice President of Inventory Management and Support for Macy’s.shared how the retailer (which had $23.5 billion in sales in
Jim Davis, SAS CMO’s keynote address at the Premier Business Leadership Series this morning was about anticipating and managing change, including these six questions all organizations need to ask: Where should we leverage business analytics? Any part of a business can benefit, but the payoff is greatest where you are
As promised in my last post, SAS’ Greg Soussloff, Dan Crane, Lori Schafer, and James Vickers are back from the National Retail Federation’s tech conference, NRF Tech. Here’s what they learned and shared at the SAS Roundtable on Social Media and Merchandise Planning. The well-attended roundtable included IT executives from
I edited my first issue of sascom magazine in the second quarter. Despite her new responsibilities, former Editor-in-Chief Alison Bolen made herself available for my many questions, concerns and frantic messages asking: “Does this sound okay??” It all came together, and we even debuted a new column on business analytics,
In one area of the Convention Center, writing on the wall is actually encouraged. The Innovation Wall, a giant semi-circular display in the Demo Area, shows a timeline of SAS innovations on one side with open space on the other for attendees to write about how they’ve innovated with SAS.
From agriculture to wholesale, 29 industries were represented at SAS Global Forum 2010. Which industry was the most well-represented? Here's a breakdown of the top ten by percentage of attendees: 1. Government (13%) 2. Education (12%) 3. Healthcare insurance (10%) 4. Pharma (9%) 5. Consulting and systems integration (8%) 6.
If you’re at SAS Global Forum 2010, you’re in good company. This year’s conference attracted more than 3,000 attendees, with 20 percent travelling to Seattle from outside the US. Here’s a quick breakdown of the top 10 countries represented outside of the US: Canada: 182 Denmark: 49 Netherlands: 42 Brazil:
Company: Santander Consumer Bank in Germany Title: Analytical Risk Expert Job responsibility: Developing risk scorecards Products: SAS Credit Scoring for Banking, SAS Enterprise Miner Thanks to her suggestions, bug reports and willingness to ask “What if?” Monika Nauroth helped SAS isolate problems and greatly improve usability and functionality in SAS
Meet the 2010 Enterprise Excellence Award Winners Want to cut processing time from hours to seconds? Save millions in operating costs? Then take a lesson from our 2010 Enterprise Excellence Award winners. Congratulations to these outstanding SAS customers who each took the stage last night to describe what they’ve accomplished
SAS Global Forum 2010 kicked off in Seattle with an Opening Session that showcased award-winning customers, an update on high performance computing , a pretty cool demo of SAS’ new solution, Social Media Analytics, and phenomenal results from LA County. If you missed the 90-minute extravaganza, here are the highlights:
I hope you saw my previous post on lessons learned in retail, which shared insights from industry leaders Terry Donofrio, President of Retail Systems & Services; Frank Andryauskas, former CIO and Executive VP of Supply Chain for KB Toys; and Val Trivisonno, VP of Commercial for The Body Shop Canada.
Last week at the SAS Retail Executive Seminar held in Cary, NC, I was able to catch up with industry leaders and ask them a few questions about what’s going on in retail -- and their predictions for what’s coming next. Keynote speaker Terry Donofrio, President of Retail Systems &
As part of my research for a sascom magazine article about how sports teams use analytics to hone performance and win games, I interviewed Jeff Ma, the former MIT student who inspired the New York Times best-seller Bringing Down the House and the movie 21. Ma now uses his analytic
The numbers are in and SAS Global Forum 2009 had strong attendance with 3,353 attendees. What do we know about the SAS professionals who gathered in Washington, DC, this week? • 25 percent of attendees traveled here from outside the United States. • The top 10 countries represented were: Canada,
Stephen E. Wilson, Director of Biometrics III, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was a presenter for the SAS Industry Solutions’ Pharma, Life Sciences and Healthcare section on Tuesday. Wilson, who’s used SAS since he was an undergrad at the University of North Carolina in the mid-1970s, addressed the globalization of
Before a crowd of more than 3,200 SAS® Global Forum attendees at Opening Session, SAS executives honored three customers with the Enterprise Excellence Award for effectively using SAS software to address business challenges, empowering leaders to make confident, insightful decisions. Wisconsin Department of Revenue Carl Farrell, Senior Vice President of
~Contributed by Lori Griffin, Conference Chair~ Despite tight travel budgets, more than 3,200 people are registered for SAS Global Forum 2009 -- and 25 percent are from outside the US. Why do SAS users make this conference a priority, travelling hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to attend? Because for 34
At Opening Session, Annette Harris, Vice President of SAS Technical Support told the audience that user feedback is one of the main ingredients for improving the decision-making power of SAS software. “We value your feedback…we encourage it…and we use it….to make our software better and more responsive to our customers’
SAS Global Forum Conference Chair Lori Griffin gave a warm welcome to attendees and kicked off an Opening Session that was abuzz with excitement. Griffin told attendees that even though these are challenging times, a sense of confidence abounds at this conference because the key to success is applying solid
Have you heard fellow attendees talking about the “BOFs” and wondered what language they were speaking? The BOFs (Birds-of-a-Feather sessions) are informal discussion groups that give you the opportunity to meet up with other SAS® users and staff who share your specific interests. The BOFs will be held on the
First-Timers’ Session Convention Center Level, Maryland A Sunday, March 22, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. First time to SAS Global Forum? You’re not alone. A large percentage of attendees are first-timers. And even if you’re an old hand at SAS Global Forum, the First-Timers’ Session is the place to find out
Hi SAS Professionals -- I’m Anne-Lindsay Beall, one of the editors for the SAS Global Forum Daily News. Waynette Tubbs, who you all know from the SAS Tech Report, will be our other roving reporter. This year, the Daily News will be delivered as an e-newsletter -- right to your
Tired of all the depressing news about the economy? Me too. That’s why it was oh so refreshing to hear some good news this past week. I got a firsthand look into how SAS is helping companies weather -- and in some cases, thrive – in our current "challenging" economy.