sas global forum

5月 272016

favorite big data presentations from SAS Global Forum 2106Nowadays, nearly every organization analyzes data to some degree, and most are working with “Big Data.”  At SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas, a vast number of papers were presented to share new and interesting ways our customers are using data to IMAGINE. CREATE. INNOVATE., as this year’s conference tagline reminds us.

Below you’ll find a collection of a few of my favorites on big data topics, ranging from SAS Grid Manager to Hadoop to SAS Federation Server. The common point? It’s easier than ever to modernize your architecture now. I hope these papers help you continue to advance your organization.

Paper 2020-2016: SAS® Grid Architecture Solution Using IBM Hardware
Whayne Rouse and Andrew Scott, Humana Inc.

This paper is an examination of Humana journey from SAS® 9.2 to SAS® 9.4M3 and from a monolithic environment to a SAS Grid Manager environment on new hardware and new storage. You can find tips such as the importance of understanding the old environment before starting and applying that understanding to building the new environment.

Paper 11684-2016: Multi-Tenancy in SAS® – Is It Worth the Fight?
Christopher Blake, RBS; Sergey Iglov, RBS; Dileep Pournami, RBS; Ekaitz Goienola, SAS UK

This paper explains how Royal Bank of Scotland analyzed the benefits of creating a shared Enterprise Business Intelligence platform in SAS alongside the risks and organizational barriers to the approach. The objective is to have a single, multi-tenant environment offering a variety of SAS software, including SAS Grid Manager, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Enterprise Miner, and others.

Paper 11562-2016: Beyond Best Practice: Grid Computing in the Modern World
Jan Bigalke, Allianz Managed Operation & Services SE & Gregory S. Nelson, ThotWave Technologies

After an introduction detailing how SAS Grid Manager works, this paper describes multiple best practices implemented at Allianz Managed Operation & Services SE to configure and administer a multi-tenant grid environment.

Paper SAS6281-2016: Introducing SAS® Grid Manager for Hadoop
Cheryl Doninger and Doug Haigh, SAS Institute Inc.

With this paper you can learn the capabilities and benefits of SAS Grid Manager for Hadoop as well as some configuration tips. You will also find sample SAS Grid jobs to illustrate different ways to access and analyze your Hadoop data with your SAS Grid jobs.

Paper SAS2140-2016: Best Practices for Resource Management in Hadoop
James Kochuba, SAS Institute Inc.

YARN is the Hadoop answer to resource orchestration. SAS technologies can take advantage of a shared Hadoop environment, creating the ultimate analytic environment. This paper helps to set the expectations and tuning choices when setting up and using a shared Hadoop environment encompassing SAS technologies such as SAS/ACCESS® Interfaces, SAS® In-Database Analytics, SAS® In-Memory Analytics and SAS® Grid Computing.

Paper SAS2180-2016: How to Leverage the Hadoop Distributed File System as a Storage Format for the SAS® Scalable Performance Data Server and the SAS® Scalable Performance Engine
Steven Sober, SAS Institute Inc.

In this paper Steven explores how the SAS Scalable Performance Data Server and SAS Scalable Performance Data Engine leverage the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). He explores the different capabilities of both engines and shows benchmarks detailing the differences in reading/writing compressed tables versus regular ones.

Paper SAS6223-2016 What’s New in SAS® Federation Server 4.2
Tatyana Petrova, SAS Institute Inc.

This paper provides an overview of the latest features of the product and includes examples for leveraging SAS Federation Server capabilities, such as data quality functions, data masking, and query performance optimization.

tags: big data, SAS Global Forum, SAS Professional Services

Seven of my favorite big data presentations from SAS Global Forum 2106 was published on SAS Users.

5月 162016

Highlights from SAS Global Forum 2016SAS Global Forum 2016 recently concluded and by all measures it was a huge success. With more than 5,000 attendees, hundreds of crazy-good talks and countless networking and learning opportunities, it very likely was the best SAS users’ conference yet. To put a bow on this year’s event, and help those who were unable to attend enjoy some of the great content, I’ve put together a few highlights from SAS Global Forum 2016, with some helpful links, videos and several additional resources to explore.

Before we get started, though, I wanted to share a big thank you to all the volunteers who made SAS Global Forum 2016 possible. You don’t become the world’s largest analytics conference without substantial support from the user community and an outstanding roster of hard-working and dedicated volunteers.

This year, more than 450 users, led by conference chair Jenn Waller, volunteered countless hours of time and tons of energy to make SAS Global Forum such a success. Within this amazing group, we wanted to highlight the inaugural Global Forum Service Award recipients. These individuals were recognized for their dedication and commitment, not only to this year’s event, but for having served at least five years as a team lead or a section chair at SAS Global Forum. The award recipients are:

  • Maribeth Johnson – 12 years
  • Diana Suhr – 12 years
  • Nancy Brucken – 11 years
  • Pete Lund – 11 years
  • Sue Douglass – 9 years
  • Mary Anne DePesquo – 8 years
  • Christianna Williams – 8 years
  • Stephanie Thompson – 5 years

To learn more about the benefits of volunteering, read SAS Global Forum 2016 Chair Jenn Waller’s blog, Can you help? Volunteer opportunities aplenty at SAS Global Forum 2016. There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved in next year’s conference or one of SAS’ Regional User Group events this fall.

Now for the recap. Here are some highlights from SAS Global Forum and some helpful links and resources in case you weren’t able to attend.

Exciting announcements

The conference began with a bang. At Opening Session, Dr. Goodnight introduced several new offerings from SAS. Perhaps the most exciting was the announcement of SAS Viya, the next-generation high-performance analytics and visualization architecture from SAS. We also introduced other new products, including SAS Analytics for IoT and SAS Customer Intelligence 360.

Check out archived video of SAS Global Forum 2016 Opening Session.

Outstanding speakers

There were hundreds of top-notch session and keynote talks, but there were two in particular that really resonated with me.

The first was Arianna Huffington’s talk, Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line. In her presentation, the co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, refuted the popular belief that in order to be successful we need to burn ourselves out. Instead, she challenged the audience to take care of themselves and their relationships and watch success follow.

Susan Cain’s keynote presentation was another one that hit the mark for me. The author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Cain discussed how extroverts can dominate the workplace simply because of their predisposition to speak up, not because of their great ideas. (Yes, sometimes a problem I have!) She had some great advice for how introverts and extroverts could work together more effectively, resolve conflict and how to benefit from each other’s strengths.

View Huffington’s talk in its entirety

View Cain’s talk in its entirety

View other keynote and select breakout presentations on the SAS Video portal

Great networking

For attendees, SAS Global Forum offered a number of awesome opportunities to interact with and learn from other SAS professionals. SAS Global Forum was covered extensively on SAS Blogs (aggregated here), the SAS Support Communities, the SAS Twitter Account (hashtag #SASGF), SAS Users LinkedIn group, and the SAS Users Group Facebook page. But, building a broader network of SAS peers, doesn’t have to end with the conclusion of the event. Whether you attended the conference or not, connections with other SAS users can continue via social media. The channels mentioned above are great follows if you’re looking to get the latest scoop from SAS, start a conversation with your SAS peers, or share tips and tricks.

You might also want to check out this fun blog: Ten SAS Global Forum speakers to follow on Twitter. Now there’s an awesome network for you to follow!

Valuable papers

If you’re a SAS user, there’s nothing better than SAS Global Forum presentations. This year had a record number of presentations from users and SAS subject matter experts. Even if you attended the event, you only got a taste of all that great content. The good news: conference papers (and more) are available on the SAS Global Forum Proceedings webpage. Here you can view all papers or filter by topic, session type, skill level, job role, industry, or product. Heck, you can also download all proceedings if you’d like!

Extensive collection of archived video

During the event, SAS provided dozens of hours of live video streaming. Live coverage included Opening Session, all the keynote talks, select breakouts, Tech Talks, interviews with SAS executives and developers, and so much more. If you didn’t go to SAS Global Forum, or did but missed a few sessions, you can view some of the great content via SAS’ live stream archive.

So there you have it. A few highlights from SAS Global Forum 2016. If you attended SAS Global Forum this year, thank you. If you didn’t make it to Las Vegas, enjoy these resources and we hope you can join us next year in Orlando!

tags: SAS Global Forum

Couldn’t attend SAS Global Forum 2016? Here are a few highlights, resources and thank-yous was published on SAS Users.

5月 062016

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At this year’s SAS Global Forum 2016, so many exciting things happened that I have to share some highlights. From the use of analytics in college administration to the teaching of analytics in the classroom, the range of information presented was quite […]

Education shines BIG in Vegas! was published on SAS Voices.

5月 042016

In celebration of SAS Global Forum, the folks at SAS Press gathered tips from SAS Press authors.  Here is my contribution:

This is the best time ever to learn SAS!

When I first encountered SAS, there were only two ways that I could get help. I could either ask another graduate student who might or might not know the answer, or I could go to the computer center and borrow the SAS manual. (There was only one.) Today it’s totally different.  I am continually amazed by the resources that are available now—many for FREE

Here are four resources that every new SAS user should know about:

1. SAS Studio

This is a wonderful new interface for SAS that runs in a browser and has both programming and point-and-click features. SAS Studio is free for students, professors, and independent learners. You can download the SAS University Edition to run SAS Studio on your own computer, or use SAS OnDemand for Academics via the Internet.

2. Online classes

Two of the most popular self-paced e-learning classes are available for free: SAS Programming 1: Essentials, and Statistics 1. These are real classes which in the past people paid thousands of dollars to take.

3. Videos

You can access hundreds of SAS training videos, tutorials, and demos at Topics range from basic (What is SAS?) to advanced (SAS 9.4 Metadata Clustering).

4. Community of SAS users

If you encounter a problem, it is likely that someone else has faced a similar situation and figured out how to solve it. On you can post questions and get answers from SAS users and developers. On the site,, you can find virtually every paper ever presented at a SAS users group conference. The site is a wiki-style compendium of all things SAS.

For more tips from SAS Press authors, click here to read them all.


5月 032016

As the excitement of SAS Global Forum begins to die down and we dust off our sequins for another year, it’s time to get back behind the desk. This year at SAS Global Forum we hosted a "Top Tips from Your Favorite SAS Press Authors" lunch where we asked three or four […]

The post SAS Author Spotlight: Goutam Chakraborty appeared first on SAS Learning Post.

4月 292016

One of the encouraging changes we’ve seen at SAS Global Forum over the years is the excitement and involvement from the student community. These are the people we like call -- the next generation of analytics professionals. The SAS Student Ambassador Program was successful again this year, and the newest […]

The post 10 student papers from SAS Global Forum 2016 appeared first on Generation SAS.

4月 262016

SAS Global ForumWhen was the last time an informational graph or chart caught your eye? I mean, really caught your eye in a way that made you want to emblazon it on a greeting card or frame it for your office?

What’s that…never?

Me neither, until I had the opportunity to see some of the striking visuals and graphics by David McCandless and hear about the thought and passion that goes into his work as a data journalist. McCandless, the author of Knowledge is Beautiful, was a keynote speaker at SAS® Global Forum April 21, an event traditionally focused on the more technical and logistical aspects of analyzing data.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was moved by the informative digital images displayed across the conference venue jumbo screens the way some might be moved by a famous painting or sculpture. They revealed depth of understanding and presented analytical findings in such unexpected ways through story, shape, color and connection.

They were beautiful, indeed. But McCandless was quick to point out that it’s important that data visualization transcends aesthetic beauty and aids comprehension

That’s important when you’re faced with billions of numbers and facts. “Images allow us to see something important in a sea of data,” he said. “They tell a story.”

McCandless says the story often lies not in the data points themselves but in the gaps and modulations. “When you visualize data this way, you have a different relationship with it,” he said. “To be able to see it, see the data, helps us understand.”

Many in the analytics world have heard the phrase that data is the new oil, the new fuel to power and motivate business. But McCandless offered a twist on the modern day buzz phrase. “I like to think of data as the new soil,” he said. “Get in and get your hands dirty.” What is revealed could take root and flourish in ways you never imagined.

McCandless also encouraged attendees to give themselves the gift of time and spontaneity when digging into data. “Eject a little play and you may get unexpected results,” he said. He shared visuals created around his own areas of interest, images crafted just for fun, ranging from based-on-truth movies to more than 80 thousand horoscopes. Playing with data is a great way to learn techniques, stretch the imagination, and reveal more memorable ways of sharing business data.

The visual graphics you create may not find a spot above the living room couch, but if they hang in the minds of decision-makers and compel those who rely upon your analysis to change the way they see things, I think McCandless would agree: That is a beautiful thing.

View the full keynote presentation (and catch a glimpse of some of those stunning graphics) on the livestream archive.








tags: data visualization, SAS Global Forum

Data is the new soil; get your hands dirty was published on SAS Users.

4月 252016

We've just celebrated Earth Day, but I'm here to talk about Jupyter -- and the SAS open source project that opens the door for more learning. With this new project on the page, SAS contributes new support for running SAS from within Jupyter Notebooks -- a popular browser-based environment used by professors and data scientists.

My colleague Amy Peters announced this during a SAS Tech Talk show at SAS Global Forum 2016. If you want to learn more about Jupyter and see the SAS support in action, then you can watch the video here.

Visit the project on GitHub: sas_kernel by sassoftware

Within Jupyter, the sas_kernel provides multiple ways to access SAS programming methods. The most natural method is to create a new SAS notebook, available from the New menu in the Jupyter Home window and from the File menu in an active notebook:

From a SAS notebook, you can enter and run SAS code directly from a cell:

There is even a Notebook extension (./nbextensions/showSASLog) that can show you the SAS log.

The second way that you can run SAS code is by using special Python "magics" supported by the sas_kernel. These magic commands look almost just like SAS macro calls (imagine that!). From within a Python language notebook, you can inject your SAS program code and pull in SAS results. This allows you to move easily between Python and SAS in a single environment. Here's a simple example:

proc means;
ods graphics / height=500 width=800;
proc sgplot;
histogram msrp;

How to get started

Currently, to run SAS with Jupyter you need:

  • SAS 9.4 or later running on Linux
  • Python 3 installed on the same machine (that's basically part of Linux)
  • Admin rights to be able to install/configure the Jupyter Notebook infrastructure and the sas_kernel.

End users of Jupyter Notebook do not need special privileges -- you need those only to install and configure the pieces that make it work. The GitHub project has all of the doc and step-by-step instructions for installation.

What's next for SAS and Jupyter?

This is just the start for SAS in the Jupyter world. Amy says that she has already received lots of interest and feedback, and SAS is working to make the Jupyter Notebook approach available in something like SAS University Edition and SAS OnDemand for Academics. Stay tuned!

tags: Jupyter, open source, Python, SAS global forum

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4月 232016



SAS Global Forum 2016 is over.

Thousands of conference attendees are now back home.  Much of the conference was live-streamed, but if you missed it, that’s all right because many of the best sessions were recorded.  However, finding particular videos can be tricky.  So, here are my favorites.  Click the heading to link to the video:

Opening Session Highlights

Learn where SAS is now and where it’s going including cloud computing with SAS Viya in a short and sweet 5 minute summary.

Ariana Huffington on The Sleep Revolution

Huffington talks about the importance of a good night’s sleep for doing our best.  This is the full presentation.

David McCandless on Data Visualization

McCandless is an amazing graphic artist of data.  This is the full presentation.

Breakout Sessions

The heart of SAS Global Forum has always been papers by SAS users for SAS users.  This year more have been recorded than ever before.