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Chris Hemedinger 0
The road to San Antonio

It's only January, and SAS Global Forum 2008 isn't until March, but folks around here have already been preparing for months. For my part, I'm on the hook for two papers: one "invited" (submitted and accepted by the SAS Global Forum committee) and one as a "SAS Presents" (topics that

Analytics
Peter Dorrington 0
Donald Rumsfeld was right

I was reading an article in Project Manager Today magazine (more interesting than it might sound) about 'Unknown Unknowns and Risk' and it made reference to Donald Rumsfeld's infamous comment about "we know there are some things we do not know". Actually, he was making sense in a garbled sort

Chris Hemedinger 0
The boss makes the list

Information Week released its list of 15 Innovators & Influencers Who Will Make A Difference In 2008. From the article: Meet 15 people who will help shape the business technology world in the coming year. They're not the usual suspects -- the names everyone knows. Several are industry and tech

Chris Hemedinger 0
An inside scoop of dummy-ness

Hot off the reel, the SAS for Dummies podcast is now available. Tune in now and hear the juicy tidbits of the story behind the book. Okay, it's no E! True Hollywood Story, but it's as exciting as I get without being on fire. P.S. Shelly Goodin from SAS Press

Chris Hemedinger 0
Lead an application to data: drink faster

In a recent Dr. Dobb's Journal piece, Jim Starkey (senior architect for MySQL ) acknowledges that it's time to embed the power of applications within databases, instead of the other way around. Jim says (italics added by me): I think we can agree that context switches or network round trips

Chris Hemedinger 0
What's my line?

Today was "career day" in my daughter's 3rd grade classroom. A few privileged parents were invited to attend and answer questions about their professions, press-conference style. Among those on a panel of nine parents, the panelists that saw the most action included the Dog Trainer, the Duke Life Flight Nurse,

Chris Hemedinger 0
Thanks for your support of our support

Congratulations to the support.sas.com team for a successful update to the SAS customer support center. I hope you'll agree with me that the new look is clean and attractive, and I think you'll find the site is easier to use now. I have the privilege of participating on the committee

Chris Hemedinger 0
Crunching our kids

During his bettermanagement.com seminar on Monday, Super Crunchers author Ian Ayres suggested that high school students would be better served by acquiring a modest knowledge of statistics rather than learning more abstract math topics, such as calculus. (Then again, if we don't favor calculus how will we ever arrive at

Chris Hemedinger 0
Thinking by numbers

I've recently read Super Crunchers, the book by Ian Ayres that I blogged about a few weeks ago. Even though no propers are paid to SAS (I mean, why should the world's largest privately held software company and a leader in analytics get a mention in a book about the

Chris Hemedinger 0
Dummy and the Bee

For the third year running, SAS spellers have prevailed at the Corporate Spelling Bee, held for the benefit of the Literacy Council of Wake County. In addition to showing their spelling skills, team members are encouraged to wear costumes to convey their team spirit. I've never seen a SAS for

Chris Hemedinger 0
Super crunchy goodness in every tera-bite

A new book brings into pop culture a concept that we've already known for years: that is, governments and corporations use data mining and analysis to influence our lives in major and minor ways. While Super Crunchers author Ian Ayres might not mention SAS by name (actually, I don't know

Chris Hemedinger 0
SAS GURU is still available

My new license plate arrived the other day, embossed with my personalized tag of "SASDUMMY". I used the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles web site to help select the plate and verify that this tag was available. Apparently there aren't many self-deprecating SAS programmers roaming around I-40. If you

Chris Hemedinger 0
After the edit: still a tier jerker

It was about eight months ago that I wrote the first draft of "Setting It All Up", Chapter 15 of SAS for Dummies. There is some pressure to be clever when organizing these chapters for a Dummies book, and to be creative when crafting section headings and figure captions. Our

Chris Hemedinger 0
From eWeek's we-told-you-so department

This January 2007 report from eWeek states that specialized skill shortages will swell IT salaries. According to that article, "demand in the software development area will include Business Objects, Java, [Microsoft] developers, SAS programmers and systems architects." (Bold added by me.) I guess their crystal ball is pretty good, because

Chris Hemedinger 0
A free lunch for your brain

The SAS OnDemand for Academics offering has brought to light some tremendous resources for learning SAS, and you don't have to be a professor or student to take advantage of them. One such resource is the SAS Online Resources for Statistics Education. If you've wondered how to start using SAS

Chris Hemedinger 0
Na-Nu Na-Nu

When Alison Bolen asked if I would consider hosting my own blog, as a "spin-off" from her informative sascom voices blog, I didn't hesitate. Spin-offs have a rich heritage in our media culture, and I am superpleased to be a Mork and Mindy to her Happy Days. (I would rather

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