Ridiculously high expectations


I've been to a bunch of SAS Global Forum (née SUGI) events over the years. I always look forward to going, because I always think that by being there in person, I'll be able to provide some customers with exactly the information they need to use SAS better. And I think that by meeting with customers face-to-face, I'll gain some insight that I didn't have before, and I'll be able to go back to headquarters and improve our software.

I psych myself up for the event, because I think that having thousands of SAS users in one place will generate unprecedented excitement and new ideas for how to get more done by using SAS. Sometimes, I even think that I'll make connections with folks that will carry on beyond the conference, and I'll gain some new virtual colleagues from around the world.

And do you know what? My already-high expectations are always exceeded. I can already sense the excitement from the buzz on Twitter.

It's going to be tough to top last year's conference for me. At SAS Global Forum 2009, I enjoyed an eventful bus ride to DC. I met Dave Barry. I was interviewed for "Inside SAS Global Forum". I presented a paper to an eager audience. I managed to capture a few pictures.

Still, I believe that SAS Global Forum 2010 has the potential to be even better. I'm excited about the SAS software that I'm bringing to show off. I'm looking forward to visiting Seattle. And most of all, I can't wait to reconnect with colleagues and make new connections that will sustain me until next time.

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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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  1. I just attended the 2010 NZ SAS Users Conference. Of course it's on a slightly smaller scale than the Global Forum, but like you I always find these events hugely useful, educational and enjoyable. In passing, I saw a demo there of EG 4.2 while I was there - congratulations, I think you all have done a tremendous job in improving it as a development environment. Now I just need to convince my boss that we need an upgrade...

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