The SAS UK folks have put together a profile of SAS on BigAmbition.co.uk, a site meant to attract young people toward IT careers. The SAS profile includes a nice video that describes SAS as a company and what people can do with our software. While you're looking at videos, be
I’m going to put “An Operational Definition of ‘Demand’ – Part 3” on hold for a moment, to announce a new favorite article on forecasting, “Living in a world of low levels of predictability,” by Spyros Makridakis and Nassim Taleb (International Journal of Forecasting 25 (2009) 840-844. IJF is a
If you're accustomed to using "shell" commands from within your SAS programs (using the X command or SYSTASK statement, for example), you'll find that those statements won't work when you run your program from within SAS Enterprise Guide. When you try them, you will probably see one of the following
In the last post I argued that we don’t have a sure way to measure true (i.e. “unconstrained”) demand. While demand is commonly defined as “what the customer wants, and when they want it,” it is actually a nebulous concept. For a manufacturer, what a customer orders is not the
Sorry about not getting a post out last week, but I spent a good part of it cowering under my desk in fear. The SAS Security office issued a warning that there were wild coyotes roaming the campus, and I was having post-traumatic flashbacks to a painful encounter I once
I’m excited to announce that SAS Press will have two more new books available for sale soon! Output Delivery System: The Basics and Beyond by Lauren Haworth, Cynthia Zender, and Michele Burlew, and Combining and Modifying SAS Data Sets: Examples, Second Edition by Michele Burlew will be available November 16th.
It is definitely easier to force single selections for prompts used in SAS Stored Processes, however it isn't very usable when the majority of users need to select multiple values. For example, let us say we create a prompt for region (called 'region_prompt') and then use that in the query
If you want to save money when you register for SAS Global Forum 2010, check out the two new package offers. Both offers bundle popular registration options at a discount. Not only will they save you money, these special packages may also help you with getting conference approval. It’s an
The SAS Business Intelligence suite includes the ability to map data via the ESRI Map Service within various web clients (and even Enterprise Guide). Steps: Create an ESRI Map via ArcMap Publish to ArcGIS Server via ArcCatalog Define a New Map Service in SAS Management Console Set a cube dimension as
There's a paradox in my involvement in social media that people who know me well will understand: Often I don't want to know what most people are thinking. For instance, the absolute nadir of human communication is occurring in the comments sections of YouTube and local news sites. I avoid
I was in our External Communications team staff meeting earlier this week listening to a discussion of SAS' Premier Business Leadership Series event in Las Vegas, and the journalists and bloggers who attended. Some of the "journalists" write for print, some online, and some both. Some of the "bloggers" are
If you've read this blog before, then you already know about the ODS statistical graphics that are available in SAS 9.2. We've been talking about this innovation at SAS for years. Now it's time to spread the news. Do your colleagues a favor: forward this post to them, or at
The North Carolina State Fair just closed. This year’s theme was a “A Whole Lotta Happy” and drew in a record-breaking 900,000 people. Whether you go there for the rides or the games or the exhibits or the animals or the giant pumpkins or the latest fried concoction, the State
Have you seen the new SAS Add-in to MS Office? There are new features worth pointing out & hopefully this will help convince you that now is the time to switch! In SAS Management Console, three built in security roles have been estabilished to accurately assign functionality per user or group.
Lots of people make grand (and often unrealistic) predictions about social media and where it's going. David Armano from the Dachis Group has a very practical, believable set of predictions on the Harvard Business blog. Worth reading. He's spot on about social media becoming less "social," and I've been predicting
Yesterday at The Premier Business Leadership Series, I had the tremendous pleasure of attending the panel debate Balancing Intuition and Analytics in Decision Making. The panelists were: Malcolm Gladwell - Best-selling author of Outliers: The Story of Success, Blink and The Tipping Point; Tom Davenport - Best-selling author of Competing
Decision management expert James Taylor wins the prize for most prolific blogger from The Series. James gives us thorough summaries of great presentations on: Balancing Intuition and Analytics in Decision Making. Analytics & Innovation, Analytics in the Executive Suite. SAS Media Day customer panels on fraud detection. and optimization. By
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and Blink, and Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and author of Competing on Analytics, engaged this morning in a debate on a live Webcast onsite at The Premier Business Leadership Series at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The theme of the debate is analytics vs. instinct:
Tuesday was a great day at M2009. I was able to talk to SAS Press author Randy Collica, who is working on a new edition of CRM Segmentation and Clustering Using SAS Enterprise Miner. I interviewed him and Curt Hinrichs, another SAS Press author, who is a coauthor of the
Last week I was a guest of Gaurav Verma on the SAS Applying Business Analytics Web Series, and presented “What Management Must Know About Forecasting.” One of the most important things you can bring to management’s attention is the benefit of making your demand forecastable. In forecasting we tend to
With local data highlighted in Microsoft Excel, you can then "Copy to SAS Server" to run SAS analytical tasks. The menu bar ('SAS' -> 'Active Data' -> 'Copy to SAS Server') is also the image below: SAS provides a knowledge base entry at: http://support.sas.com/kb/32/009.html to show how this can be done with a
Mike Schneider (@schneidermike) Notes from "Social CRM: Connecting Your Sales Force to the Social Web" at the Social Media Business Forum The problem: The sales force is busy, they're under pressure, they've got quotas and are presented with different methods. Social CRM: "The company's response to the customer's control of
My notes from The Future of Business on the Social Web panel at the Social Media Business Forum Jeff Cohen started the panel with a question: Has social media gone beyond communications? Does it impact everything a business does? Jason: "Social media" is an adjective. There's always something after it.
Yesterday I attended a virtual talk by Bob Rodriguez on his famous topic: ODS Statistical Graphics in SAS 9.2. You can learn lots of details by reading his paper. Bob's paper shows examples of the graphs you can get, how to control their appearance, and what SAS syntax to use.
Panelists: (left to right) Jason Falls, @JasonFalls; Ilina Ewen, @ilinap;Gavin Baker, @GavinBaker My notes from the "Who should own social media?" session at the Social Media Business Forum I came in a bit late for this one. When I arrived, Jason was saying it's better to have a person who
The closing session of the MarketingProfs Digital Marketing Mixer featured a team of four "mixologists" who gathered and shared their top takeaways from the event. The mixologists were Jason Baer (@jaybaer), Stephanie Miller (@StephanieSAM), Michael Brito (@Britopian) and Beth Harte (@BethHarte). Stephanie handled the Must Know track: Build credibility before
My notes from the Business Blogging: Tips and Case Studies panel at MarketingProfs Digital Marketing Mixer. Panelists: Mike Volpe, @mvolpe Charlie King, @CharlieKingGolf Ilya Mirman, @IlyaMirman Mike: Smaller companies can get a lot of leverage out of inbound marketing. The amount of money you have no longer dictates how many
My notes from the Integrating Social Media into Your Marketing Strategy to Gain a Greater Response panel, from MarketingProfs Digital Marketing Mixer. Panelists: Pam O'Neal, Vice President of Marketing for BreakingPoint Systems, Inc., @poneal Glenda Ervin, Vice President, Marketing, Lehman's, @Galen_Lehman Debra Ellis, Founder, Wilson & Ellis Consulting, @wilsonellis Pam
The route that I use from my home in Raleigh to the SAS Cary headquarters takes me by two exits for the now-running NC State Fair. Last year’s total attendance was 765,067, and hopes are high that this year’s 142nd fair will be another success. So what does the State