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 David Shamlin’s answers.
David Shamlin, Senior Director, Research and Development
Tell me a fun fact about you that others might not know … Did you have a ridiculous first car that really tells people who you are? Do you decorate your office in 18th century Chinese artwork? Do you snowboard?
I love travelling to new places to experience architecture and art. Last year I visited Denmark, which is full of both: ranging from medieval to contemporary, sublime to ridiculous. My favorite building was The Royal Library, a 21st century complex attached to an 18th century reading room. I saw the most beautiful Van Gogh I’ve ever come next to a real gold fish preserved in acrylic inside a kitchen blender. It’s always great to see how people around the globe express their views of the world. I experience SAS Global Forum as another opportunity to learn about other people’s perceptions, experiences, and successes with the technology we create!
How many times have you been to SAS Global Forum? What was your most memorable experience so far?
I’ve been attending for so long that I’ve lost count. SAS Global Forum 2008 was pretty exciting for me because we announced some new technology that my team had very recently completed. The announcement generated a lot of excitement and resulted in lots of good user interaction on the demo room floor.
What problem or customer pain were you hoping to solve with when you wrote In‐Database Procedures with Teradata?
I wanted to help customers understand our emerging Teradata In-Database technology. This year we will be showing folks how the new In-Database Procedures we have planned for 9.2 Maintenance 2 will allow our users to do more, faster with data that’s stored inside Teradata.
During your presentation, what were the most important highlights or questions that you hoped to cover?
It was important to cover the basics of how In-Database Procedures work and then show what enhancements have been made available with the 9.2 Maintenance 2.