Chris Hemedinger
Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies

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SAS in the class -- on demand

SAS has a rich heritage in academia, and we know that lots of colleges (and even some high schools) use SAS to teach students statistics and research methods. Now SAS (the company) has made it easier for professors to offer courses that use SAS. This fall, SAS offers the SAS

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Sucking an elephant through a straw

Before you can analyze data, you have to get to it (or them, if you're a "data is plural" sort of person). Don't you sometimes wish you could simply "Google Map" your data topology to see the quickest route to get to it? Sometimes, point-and-click applications make it almost too

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SAS for Dummies: Is it for you too?

SAS for Dummies is now available for sale here and at bookstores everywhere. While it's not likely the most famous book to premier this month, I personally have gained much satisfaction from seeing it go out and land in the hands of eager readers. Even if you won't admit to

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A baby by any other name wouldn't be as trendy

Naming your child is a big responsibility. For many people, the task involves combing through the Big Book of Baby Names and picking a handful that sound good, and heading into the delivery room with those candidates in mind. (Then again, some folks might just leave it to public opinion.)

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Riding Harry's coattails

In just about a month SAS for Dummies will hit the bookstore shelves. As a coauthor of the book, I certainly hope that it becomes popular; but I know that it will be dwarfed by the inevitable success of the final Harry Potter book which is due out just one

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Puzzling presentations

Okay, you've got the leading analytical and business intelligence software at your fingertips: how can you use it to impress your friends and colleagues? Well, for one thing, you can use it to solve your Sudoku puzzle. I'm preparing my presentation for SAS Global Forum: "Extending SAS Enterprise Guide and

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Why I'm not in marketing

  I was searching for a metaphor to introduce SAS user conference attendees to SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office. Press PLAY on the video to see what I came up with. I premiered this movie at a recent SAS conference in Atlanta (hey, there was even a tie-in with the

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Writing the book on data visualization

Like most things I come across, this started out as something completely different. A colleague sent me to Stephen Few's Web site about data visualization to highlight an example related to SAS. While I was there though, I read this recent entry about IBM Visualization Data Explorer. Back in the

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