In hopes of adding to your SAS Global Forum experience, we've kicked off a SAS presenters series. Here, we’ve asked some of the SAS presenters five questions to learn more about what makes them tick, why they chose to present and what they hoped you would take away from the presentation. Take a look at Daniel Jahn’s answers.
Daniel Jahn, Technical Architect, SAS Solutions OnDemand
Daniel, tell me something about yourself that our readers might not believe.
I was Bucky Badger, the school mascot at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. That's what helped me become comfortable in front of large crowds; but I still haven't had 80,000 people in one of my SAS Global Forum paper presentations.
Have you been to SAS Global Forum before?
Yes – eight times. My first time, in Chicago, was the most memorable. I was on my way to the Fun Run, and a person came up to me and said, "Are you here for SUGI? I'm a SAS user and I LOVE it!" That was the very first user I talked to at any SUGI.
What problem or customer pain were you and your coauthor Brad Klenz hoping to solve with Tips and Techniques for Analytic Web Services?
There are a few challenges people might run into when using SAS BI Web Services. Brad and I wanted to steer people away from those before they run into them. We also want to make sure service providers consider their callers while they’re developing their services.
During your presentation, what were the most important highlights or questions that you hoped to cover?
One key to creating a good service is to make sure the WSDL you create provides as many details as possible, while still being valid. We'll show people how to create a good WSDL.
Were there unexpected user questions that will send you back to the drawing board?
The main reason that I wanted to go to SGF was to get user feedback, which usually comes in the form of questions. I've talked about our Web services in the past before we released, and we did get some great feedback that made it into the product. I am hoping to get more feedback for future releases that builds upon what we have.