SAS Global Forum 2010: Pencil it in


Even with more than 45,000 global customer sites, I often hear SAS users say that “SAS” is a small world. Perhaps conferences enhance the feeling: From the moment you get in line to get your conference materials, you start to recognize people from your SAS “family.” An attendee also described the SAS conference atmosphere to me as a “SAS love-fest.”

This family or love-fest feel probably stems from the once-a-year reconnection with people you’ve once collaborated with, know only through e-mail, or worked with at a former job. And the conferences offer a place to connect with others who face similar challenges, meet and talk with users whose books and papers you’ve read, and to learn new techniques.

SAS Global Forum and the regional conferences feature speakers and presenters who have become SAS icons. Here is a very short list of some of those who are speaking at this year’s SAS Global Forum. Click on their names to find out when they’ll be presenting:

  • Art Carpenter, a SAS user for 34 years, is a member of the SAS Global Forum Executive Board, Chair of SUGI 28 and the author of four SAS books.
  • Gregory Nelson, founder and CEO of ThotWave Technologies and Chair of SUGI 30, will present two papers at this year’s conference, adding to his more than 150 papers published in the US and Europe.
  • Joseph Gardiner, SAS user for more than 25 years, is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.
  • Kathy Council is a member of the SAS Global Forum Executive Board and Vice President of Publications at SAS. In 2010, Council will celebrate 33 years as a SAS employee.
  • Ron Cody, a SAS user since 1977, is a renowned SAS author with books and article titles too numerous to list. His latest book is set to be released in the winter of 2010.
  • Cynthia Zender has more than 25 years of SAS experience that she loves to share at conferences and on the SAS Procedures discussion forum. Zender also co-wrote Output Delivery System: The Basics and Beyond.

The presentation schedules are available now. Design your conference agenda to allow plenty of time to experience the family connection. Make time for networking with newer SAS users who can offer a fresh look at older issues, and connect with experienced users who know their way around the software and can help you learn the back roads with its twists and turns. Lastly, don’t forget to include time for making new friends and taking in the sights.

I’ll see you there!


About Author

Waynette Tubbs

Editor, Marketing Editorial

+Waynette Tubbs is the Editor of the Risk Management Knowledge Exchange at SAS, Managing Editor of sascom Magazine and Editor of the SAS Tech Report. Tubbs has developed a comprehensive portfolio of strategic business and marketing communications during her career spanning 15 years of magazine, marketing and agency work.

1 Comment

  1. Waynette Tubbs on

    I just received a great suggestion from an anonymous reader:
    This reader believes (as we do) that presenting a paper at SAS Global Forum is a great and rewarding experience. So great, in fact, that a first-time presenter would write a paper this year with hopes to present again. The reader wants to hear from those who presented for the first time at a past conference and have been accepted to present at SAS Global Forum 2010.
    Are you presenting for the second time? What did you gain from the your presentation experience (career gains, personal speaking experience, skills and knowledge, networking)? Did the experience inspire you to write papers for future conferences?
    Tell us!!

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