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David Pope
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Technical Leader, Senior Manager US Energy

David leads the pre-sales technical team for SAS US Energy which solves business problems in the Oil & Gas and Utilities industries using advanced analytics. He is a lifetime learner who enjoys sharing information and helping others to grow their careers. He earned a BS in Industry Engineering and a Computer Programming Certificate from North Carolina State University. Furthermore, he has over 29 years of business experience working with SAS across R&D, IT, Sales and Marketing in the Americas and Europe. He is an expert in working with data and producing insights through the use of analytics. David has presented at SAS Global Forum, the 2012 SAS Government Leadership Summit, IBM’s Information on Demand(IOD), EMC World, CTO Summit Conferences, is the author of the book: "Big Data Analytics with SAS", and he currently holds 14 patents for SAS in several countries: US, CA, Norway, UK, China, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

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How is a customer demonstration like Thanksgiving dinner?

Jennifer Whaley, one of our energy analytic utility experts, and I were talking about customer demos recently and discussing the work that goes into a proof-of-concept done with customer data.  If you've never been directly involved in preparing for a customer demo, you probably don't realize how much time and effort

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Is this big data? Or is it complex data?

Yes, we have all heard about the 3 V's of big data by now. Or the 4 V's or possibly 5 V's, depending on who you ask.   However, I would argue the value of data isn't necessarily tied to the "volume" part of big data (unless of course you are a

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Top 10 takeaways from Texas A&M SAS Day

Analytics, to me, has always been about continuous education and giving people the chance to learn new insights. The SAS Day at Houston CityCentre earlier this month is a shining example. Hosted by the Department of Statistics as Texas A&M University, the event showed how analytics guides decisions across many

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What is your perception of SAS?

Our perceptions can impact others and influence decisions.  As a result, I always like to understand each customer's perception of what SAS is and what we do. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, however the response provides me with a chance to listen to our customers.

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Analytics, the ultimate renewable resource

The value of analytics to solve multiple business problems really makes analytics the ultimate reusable business investment, or as they say in the energy industry, it may be called a renewable resource. As I've commented before, organizations spend billions of dollars on storing data, and unless you happen to be a

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Are your applications designed tactically or strategically?

Organizations must find the right balance between tactical use of their data and strategic use of their data.  The following statement encapsulates the difference between an application that was primarily designed from a tactical perspective versus a strategic one.: "Thanks, you delivered what I asked for (tactical), but not what I

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Why SAS programmers love SAS

SAS provides solutions that have analytics integrated into reports that deliver insight into what will happen in the future, not just report on what has happened in the past.  Who wouldn't love that? However, what makes the SAS programming environment so useful to end users is how efficient and effective