sas global forum

3月 072009

Donna Daniels, the SAS program manager for SAS Global Forum, talks about lessons learned from last year's conference and what's new for 2009. Learn more about the exciting new venue and location for this year's conference, the Gaylord National® Resort and Convention Center on the National Harbor outside Washington, DC.

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1月 242009
I just received a news bulletin regarding SAS Global Forum. If you are planning to attend, check out these resources.

Agenda Builder Now Available
Your Personal Agenda Builder is now available to help you plan, build and save a personalized schedule for SAS® Global Forum 2009. Plan your days by choosing the paper presentation and activities you would like to attend. Start planning your agenda using this convenient tool.

Post-Conference Data Mining Workshop
This post-conference, half day workshop on data mining will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 1:30-5:00 p.m. It will offer another opportunity to expand your SAS data mining and predictive modeling skills. Stay later to take advantage of exclusive training opportunities. Find out more about the post-conference workshop.

Pre-conference Seminars & Statistical Tutorials
You can extend your educational opportunities in a number of ways at SAS Global Forum 2009. Sign up to participate in a Pre-Conference Seminar, Statistical Tutorial or one of the pre-conference SAS Training classes. (Note: Available with the Conference Plus Package). View the list of pre-conference seminars and tutorials.

Haven't registered yet?
SAS Global Forum offers a unique situation to network with fellow SAS users as well as SAS development and technical support staff. The 3-day conference is packed with learning opportunities. For more information, visit the conference Web site.

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11月 142008
As you prepare your 2009 travel and education budgets, keep SAS Global Forum 2009 in mind. This conference is a great way to share and expand your existing SAS knowledge. The Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor will be over-run with SAS professionals from around the world. You can

  • meet the authors of your favorite conference paper
  • discover a new favorite paper
  • chat with SAS Technical Support staff, SAS R&D staff, and other SAS users.

Wait, there's more. The conference offers

If you are as excited about SAS Global Forum 2009 as I am, here's some information that you need to know.

SAS Global Forum registration and housing is now open. Take advantage of registering online for prompt confirmation reply and payment processes. Visit the home page at and click REGISTER NOW.

The online registration system has a number of features that we hope you will find helpful. Those features include:

  • The ability to connect directly to hotel reservations at the end of your registration
  • The ability to log back into the system to review or modify your registration and hotel
  • Separate meal selections for each guest

If you have questions while registering or you are just wondering what else SAS Global Forum has to offer, look for the Chat Now option on the right side of most of our conference pages.

SAS Global Forum has reserved rooms at discounted group rates for conference attendees at hotels in the National Harbor, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia, areas. Reservations must be made by booking online.
10月 092008
SAS Global Forum dates and deadlines are about to kick into high gear. I don't want you to miss a thing, so here are a few tidbits and reminders that I just received about the conference.

  • SAS Global Forum 2009 offers unequaled educational and networking opportunities: more than 300 papers and presentations; hands-on demonstrations; powerful workshops and much more.

  • Learn industry-specific perspectives in the Industry Solution Tracks.

  • The keynote speaker is confirmed to be author and Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry. Don't miss his humorous view of work, kids, technology and life.

  • DON’T FORGET…Call for Papers ends Oct. 13, so get your submissions in.

  • Registration & housing opens November 10th.

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7月 222008
People ask me all of the time where they should look for technical hints and tips. I have a long list of excellent resources; one that always makes the top 5 list is SAS Global Forum papers. These papers are written and presented by knowledgeable SAS software users, SAS employees, and SAS consultants. They cover every topic you can dream up. The thing is, there is always room for another idea, another method, or another approach.

I have seen papers quoted and referenced as answers to tough programming dilemmas. I have seen near riots ensue when the Online Proceedings search stopped working. I have seen mere programming mortals rise to superstar status after presenting a paper. I have seen the call for papers for SAS Global Forum 2009. (Sorry. I got carried away.)

SAS Global Forum 2009 will be held March 22 - 25 at the Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor. If you have attended a SAS users' group conference, you know that they are all in great cities. You also know that what makes the conference truly great is the value of the information and the quality of the attendees and presenters. Don't miss your chance to make National Harbor the best location yet.

The 2009 call for papers is now open. The deadline for submitting your idea, along with an abstract, is October 13, 2008. If you have a topic in mind, read the instructions for submitting a paper and get started.

If you are wondering what kinds of papers are appropriate, I copied this text right from the SAS Global Forum web site:
Each section description explains in detail what the section chairs are anticipating. In general, papers describing real-world applications of SAS software are particularly appropriate submissions. Tips and techniques on effective or innovative uses that others can adapt are also well received papers. Theoretical or general overview papers are also welcome.