Alison Bolen
Editor of Blogs and Social Content

Alison Bolen is an editor at SAS, where she writes and edits content about analytics and emerging topics. Since starting at SAS in 1999, Alison has edited print publications, Web sites, e-newsletters, customer success stories and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State University.

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Our first Asia Pacific cover

By now, most subscribers should have received copies of the current issue of sascom magazine, and we're excited to hear what you think about the cover. How about that compelling image? It's the first time we've featured a customer from the Asia-Pacific region on the front, and the experience was

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Do you batch process your e-mail?

Does anyone actually do this: read and respond to e-mails just once or twice a day? I've seen at least a dozen productivity experts recommend the same strategy - but I just can't imagine it increasing my productivity. Instead, I feel like it would slow me down and annoy my

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Hey, do you know this guy?

I first met Greg the Architect on an internal SAS blog about 6 months ago, and I kind of thought everybody had met him by now. But I've been seeing these videos pop up again around the Web, so I figure I'll add to the latest viral wave and introduce

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Are you prepared for hurricane season?

While the recent issue of Computerworld tells us that IT execs are preparing for hurricane season, researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh have predicted a busier-than-normal season. The same researchers who were so accurate last year in predicting a milder-than-normal season are back, this year forecasting a

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Caffeine-inspired post to come

Just a quick post here to introduce our latest sascom voices contributor, Hope Squires. Hope is the managing editor of sascom magazine, and she edits the SAS industry newsletter for the communications, content and entertainment industries. She also recently edited a 52-page sascom magazine supplement that focused on performance management

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Blogger dream job

When I first read the title of the post, "Fantasy Business Blog Vision," I thought maybe the author had a vision for a fantasy blog league. You know, instead of a fantasy baseball league. Stats would be culled from Digg, Technorati, The Truth Laid Bear and other sites, and the

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Can statistics recognize racial bias?

Research from a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says yes, according to the New York Times (registration required). Judging by comments on the article, many Times readers disagree. In 2005, when the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award raised similar questions, three Southeastern economists turned

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Is this one of those blog things?

Kevin Hillstrom poses some good questions about corporate blogging in this scenario: This morning, your strategic issue is the development of a corporate blog. Your executive team has many points of view ... How would you navigate these differing points of view? Given the information offered here, what would you

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