International Symposium on Forecasting (June 24-27 in Boston)


SAS Dress Code

In addition to providing great software for forecasting (and business analytics in general), SAS is also renowned as a great place to work. (See #1, #1, and #3 rankings the past three years in the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.)

Part of this greatness is due to the freedom and flexibility given to SAS employees -- treat people like professionals, and they will act like professionals. Apparently this axiom doesn't work 100% of the time, as we received a companywide reminder today of the need for appropriate attire around the office.

Unlike many companies, SAS has no formal dress code. We were only advised that "...employees should exercise good judgment and common sense in clothing choices." Certain types of clothing were discouraged, including:

  • T-shirts with questionable slogans.
  • Very short skirts, dresses and shorts.
  • Clothes that work well for the beach, dance clubs or yard work.*

*Exceptions are made, I assume, for the landscape crew.

Since common sense can be an uncommon quality, and these guidelines were still kind of vague, I thought I'd offer some specific examples of good and bad in sartorial choices using celebrity models:

GOOD: White Linen Suit (Col. Sanders)

BAD: White Linen Suit while being followed by a guy in leg warmers and a mankini (Elton John)

GOOD: Tasteful, understated business jacket (RuPaul)

BAD: Tasteful, understated business dress excessively adorned with sequins (RuPaul)

GOOD: Full military regalia to honor service to your country (Michael Jackson)

BAD: Full military regalia accessorized with a codpiece (Michael Jackson)

Crocs are still considered acceptable footwear, and kilts are allowed (as long as you aren't an orthodox practitioner of Scottish apparel customs).

International Symposium on Forecasting

The 32nd Annual ISF will be held this June 24-27 in Boston. The ISF always features the rock stars from the academic world, with a featured presentation on Forecasting: Past and Future by Spyros Makridakis.

Also, for the first time, the event includes a two-day Foresight Practitioner Track (suitable for folks who don't know their ARIMA from a hole in the ground). Speakers include:

Separately, I'll be giving a short presentation on Forecast Value Added, and several of my SAS colleagues will be speaking on more advanced technical topics.


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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