Paul Gittins

8月 092018
 

Recently I’ve been listening to the BBC Radio Series 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy, which was first broadcast in 2016. One of the episodes considers the impact of a simple box (the shipping container) and concludes its invention was a major contributor to the post-war boom in global trade. It’s worth a listen, if you can.

Notwithstanding the tenuous link, containerization is having perhaps an equally significant impact on Cloud Computing and I want to share a recent experience which highlights the convenience of containers. I’m not aiming to summarize all the multiple SAS initiatives in the Cloud (including SAS Viya and Cloud Foundry) here rather it’s to share a few observations about a specific offering for SAS 9.4.

Recently I attended a demonstration by SAS’ Doug Liming on SAS Analytics for Containers. While this product was launched in 2016, until now I confess I’d not appreciated its simplicity or potential. I’d like to use this blog post to share what I saw & learned because this session served as a bit of an epiphany for me.

As a reminder SAS Analytics for Containers consists of:

    • Foundation SAS (Base, STAT & Graph) ready-packaged to be deployed in a Docker container.
    • SAS Studio.
    • Optional SAS/Access connectors & Accelerators.

In the space of 20 minutes, Doug took us through the The power and potential of simplicity: SAS 9.4 and Containers was published on SAS Users.

3月 032017
 

There aren’t many things that keep me awake at night but let me share a recent example with you. I’ve been grappling with how to help a local SAS team respond to a customer’s request for a “generic enterprise analytics architecture.” As background, this customer organization had recently embarked on [...]

How to apply design thinking to your analytics architecture was published on SAS Voices by Paul Gittins

12月 212016
 

Unless you live in England, you may not have seen the recent announcement that Buckingham Palace is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the British taxpayer £369M. Even with the post-Brexit devaluation of Sterling, that’s still a sizable spend representing nearly US$500 million. The Queen will remain in residence during […]

The cost of modernization was published on SAS Voices.

12月 212016
 

Unless you live in England, you may not have seen the recent announcement that Buckingham Palace is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the British taxpayer £369M. Even with the post-Brexit devaluation of Sterling, that’s still a sizable spend representing nearly US$500 million. The Queen will remain in residence during […]

The cost of modernization was published on SAS Voices.

9月 122016
 

The IT industry is littered with examples of short-lived corporate partnerships and alliances that often appear impressive but regularly end or are withdrawn after the initial enthusiasm wanes. The old adage that “actions speaker louder than words” is especially pertinent and I regularly encourage clients to look for tangible examples […]

Nine years (and still together) was published on SAS Voices.