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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SAS Global Forum papers and presentations

I've noticed a few searchers showing up here looking for SAS Global Forum presentations, so I thought I'd provide some links that might help: Search Conference Proceedings: official conference site that houses proceedings as far back as SUGI 22. Proceedings for the 2007 conference are still being compiled. SAS Paper

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Live from SAS Global Forum 2007

Kelly LeVoyer, the Editorial Director for sascom magazine will be posting her thoughts live from SAS Global Forum later today. Other SAS Global Forum attendees who might share their thoughts from the conference include Shelley Sessoms, Editor of the SAS Tech Report and Chris Hemedinger, whom you've already met. Who

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BI in the public sector

I've read lots of coverage recently about the new Butler Group report that says public sector agencies could be making better use of business intelligence. That's good to know and not too surprising - but how? Peter Dorrington, head of industry marketing strategy at SAS UK, has a few ideas.

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Whose rules? The business rules.

In this recent DM Review article, Robert Blasum does a good job of defining and describing "business rules" and explaining why they matter in business intelligence. I'm linking to it because I remember this being a term that confused me for a long time when I first started working at

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E-mail. They say it's not for fun anymore.

First I read the post, I only use email to communicate with old people. Then I came across the speech, Incantations for Muggles: The Role of Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Technologies in Everyday Life, from social media expert danah boyd where she says: These days, email is primarily a tool for

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Another new voice: Dave Handelsman

Say hello to our newest contributor, Dave Handelsman, who is a Principal Product Manager for Clinical R&D at SAS, which means he works as a liaison between the life sciences market and the SAS Pharmaceutical Software Development division. Basically, he's responsible for conveying the market's needs to the SAS R&D

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Printed matter

Come Friday afternoon (if all goes as planned), we will have sent three separate magazines to print in less than 10 days. Kelly, our editorial director, keeps calling it the perfect storm of magazine production. So far, the waves haven't thrown anyone into the sea - but it's a lot

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SAS experts in the news

SAS used to be known as a quiet company. But that shy, humble reputation is changing as more and more SAS experts raise their voices. I see each new bit of visibility as a good thing. After all, the hiding-your-light-beneath-a-rock approach doesn't help customers any more than false modesty. That's

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