A punny post to celebrate SAS analytics


I've worked at SAS for quite awhile, and people always want to know more about SAS, especially it's great work environment.  In response to those questions, I've written this story full of SAS product and programming puns to describe how SAS has evolved over time and remains LASR focused on helping our customers solve their business problems.

Decisions at Scale

Decisions at Scale

Employees are empowered to make many decisions, and some of us like to walk around the beautiful SAS campus to help clear our minds. There's one particularly large CLUSTER of trees on our on campus nature trails where many decisions get made; one might call these particular trees SAS' DECISION TREES. The rest of the trails on campus simply pass through RANDOM FORESTS, and don’t get me started on the beautiful DATA LAKE that sits upstream from one of our data centers.

Our company, like any well run company, is concerned with minimizing costs OR maximizing profits not only for us, but also for our customers.  SAS has done so well for 40 years that some believe our leaders must have ESP, which, ironically enough, we do now offer as a solution.

People say a picture is worth a thousand words, which makes me wonder how much VISUAL ANALYTICS might be worth. Speaking of visualizations, I remember when the movie the MATRIX first came out, it was touted for how INTERACTIVE the action was, even though it contained some harsh LANGUAGE. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that many SAS employees also enjoy watching the weather channel because of all the FORECASTS.

SAS encourages employees to be active in their community and supports us in participating in all sorts of ASSOCIATIONS.   One internal challenge that is a bit frustrating has to do with arranging meetings with the BAYESIAN statisticians, simply because they all start each meeting in different conference rooms.

I hope you enjoyed my punny April fool's day post. I look forward to seeing some of you soon at the 2016 SAS Global Forum, where you can join us in celebrating 40 years of SAS. You can share your SAS puns with me there or in the comments below.

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David Pope

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.


  1. Mayur Savale on

    Nice experience David! Really like your article.I have just completed my Base and advanced SAS certification.looking forward to work in SAS.I hope in future i will attend such forum.

    Mayur Savale

  2. Chelo Norico on

    I love reading articles with puns. The terms were technical but were used in ordinary scenarios. That's also a good way for newbies like me to be curious with those terms, the links were really helpful.

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