sas global forum

12月 222016

melissa_marshallEditor's note: This following post is from Melissa Marshall, Principal at Melissa Marshall Consulting LLC. Melissa is a featured speaker at SAS Global Forum 2017, and on a mission to transform how scientists and technical professionals present their work.  

Learn more about Melissa.

Think back to the last technical talk you were an audience member for. What did you think about that talk? Was it engaging and interesting? Boring and overwhelming?  Perhaps it was a topic that was important to you, but it was presented in a way that made it difficult to engage with the content. As an expert in scientific presentations, I often observe a significant “disconnect” between the way a speaker crafts a presentation and the needs of the audience. It is my belief that the way to bridge this gap is for you, as a technical presenter, to become an audience centered speaker vs. a speaker centered speaker.


Here I will provide some quick tips on how to transform your content and slides using your new audience centered speaking approach!

Audience Centered vs. Speaker Centered

The default setting for most presenters is that they are speaker centered—meaning that they make choices in their presentation because it is what works primarily for themselves as a speaker. Examples include: spending a lot of time speaking about an area of the topic that gave you the most difficulty or that you spent the most amount of time working on or using terms that are familiar to you but are jargon for the audience, putting most of the words you want to say on your slides to remind you what to say during the talk so your slides are basically your speaker notes, and standing behind a podium and disconnecting yourself physically from your audience. These choices are common in presentations, but they do not set you up for success. It is a key reason why many presentations of technical information fail.

A critical insight is to realize that your success as a speaker depends entirely upon your ability to make your audience successful.  You don’t get to decide that you gave a great talk (even if no one understood it)!  That’s because presentations, by their very nature, are always made for an audience.  You need something from your audience—that is why you are giving a talk!  So, it is time to get serious about making your audience successful (so you can be too!).  I might define “audience success” as: your audience understands and views your subject in the way you wanted them to.  Strategically, if you desire to be a successful speaker, then the best thing you do is go “all in” on making your audience successful!

Audience Centered Content

To make your content more audience centered, you can ask yourself 4 critical questions ahead of time about your audience:

  • Who are they?
  • What do they know?
  • Why are they here?
  • What biases do they have?


The answers to these questions will guide how you begin to focus your content. Additionally, as a presenter of technical information, one of the most important questions you need to answer along the way, at many stages in your presentation, is “So what?”.  Too often presenters share complex technical information or findings, but they do not make the direct connection to the audience of how that information is relevant or important to the big picture or overall message.  Remind yourself each time you share a technical finding to also follow up that information with the answer to the question “So what?”.  This will make your content immediately more engaging and relevant to your audience.


Audience Centered Slide Design

Think about the last several presentations that you sat through as an audience member.  How would you describe the slides?  Text heavy? Cluttered? No clear message? Full of bulleted lists?  Audiences consistently complain of “Death by PowerPoint”, which refers to the endless march of speakers through text filled slide after text filled slide.  The reason this is so detrimental to audiences is that our brains have a limited “bandwidth” for verbal information.  When we reach that limit, it’s called cognitive overload and our brains stop processing the information as effectively and efficiently.  When you have a speaker talking (the speaker’s words are verbal information) and then you have slides to read with lots of words on them (also more verbal information), you are at a high risk of cognitive overload for the audience.  Therefore, many audiences “tune out” during presentations or report feeling exhausted after a day of listening to presentations.  This is a result of cognitive overload.  A more effective way to approach slides for your audience is to think about making your slides do something for you that your words cannot. You are giving a talk, so the words part is mostly covered by what you are saying…it is much more powerful to make your slides primarily visual so that they convey information in a more memorable, engaging, and understandable way. This is known in the field of cognitive research as the Picture Superiority Effect.  John Medina’s excellent book Brain Rules states that “Based on research into the Picture Superiority Effect, when we read text alone, we are likely to remember only 10 percent of the information 3 days later. If that information is presented to us as text combined with a relevant image, we are likely to remember 65 percent of the information 3 days later.” 

A great a slide design strategy that I advocate for is called the assertion-evidence design.  This slide design strategy is based in research (including Medina’s mentioned above) and works beautifully for presentations of technical information. The assertion-evidence slide design is characterized by a concise, complete sentence headline (no longer than 2 lines) that states the main assertion (i.e. what you want the audience to know) of the slide. The body of the slide then consists of visual evidence for that take away message (charts, graphs, images, equations, etc.). Here is an example of a traditional slide transformed to an assertion-evidence slide:



Having trouble banishing bullet lists? One of my favorite quick (and free!) tools for getting yourself past bulleted lists is Nancy Duarte’s Diagrammer tool.  I like this tool because it asks you what is the relationship between the information that you are trying to show and creates a graphic to show that relationship.  Remember: the best presentations use a variety of visual evidence!  Charts, graphs, pictures, videos, diagrams, etc.  Give your audience lots of visual ways to connect with your content!

Final Thoughts

Next time you present, I encourage you to let every decision you make along the way be guided first by the needs of your audience.  Remember, the success of your audience in understanding your work is how your success as a speaker is measured! For more tips on technical talks, check out my TED Talk entitled “Talk Nerdy To Me.” For questions, comments, or to book a technical presentations workshop at your company or institution, please contact me at

About Melissa Marshall

melissa_marshallMelissa Marshall is on a mission: to transform how scientists and technical professionals present their work. That’s because she believes that even the best science is destined to remain undiscovered unless it’s presented in a clear and compelling way that sparks innovation and drives adoption.

For almost a decade, she’s traveled around the world to work with Fortune 100 corporations, institutions and universities, teaching the proven strategies she’s mastered through her consulting work and during her 10 years as a faculty member at Penn State University.

When you work with Melissa, you will get the practical skills and the natural confidence you need to immediately shift your “information dump”-style presentations into ones that are meaningful, engaging, and inspire people to take action. And the benefits go far beyond any single presentation; working with Melissa, your entire organization will develop a culture of successful communication, one that will help you launch products and ideas more effectively than ever before.

Melissa is also a dynamic speaker who has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For a sneak peek, check out her TED talk, “Talk Nerdy to Me.” It’s been watched by over 1.5 million people (and counting).

Visit Melissa and learn more at

Melissa can be reached at

tags: papers & presentations, SAS Global Forum

Transform your technical talks with an audience centered approach was published on SAS Users.

12月 132016


Editor's note: Amanda Farnsworth is Head of Visual Journalism at BBC News and a featured speaker at SAS Global Forum 2017, April 2-5, 2017 in Orlando.

My days are spent trying to put the best content we can in front of our loyal, heartland audience, while reaching out to others, particularly on social media, who may never usually come to the BBC for their news.

It can sometimes be hard to reach both audiences at the same time.

But recently we hit on a format that does exactly that. We call it The Personal Relevance Calculator. We have made a whole series of these calculators on different topics, including “The Great British Class Calculator” (yes we Brits are still obsessed with Class!) and “Will a Robot Take Your Job.

The idea is to take a big data set that tells a story and make it personally relevant to each and every user. Readers simply enter a small amount of personal information – it could be their age or height and weight, or a postcode of where they live – and the result they get back from the calculator is unique, or appears to be unique, to them.  This result is given in a rich, visual way and is very shareable on social media.

The advantages are a much deeper engagement in the subject than we might get by writing a traditional article and they are usually very popular, getting millions of hits, likes and shares. They also appeal to the parts of the audience other BBC content doesn’t reach.

Case Study - Who Is Your Olympic Body Match?

You can find the Olympic Body Match calculator using this link:

At the BBC, we know that the Olympics provide us an opportunity to reach a part of the audience that doesn’t often think of us.  Let’s call them Main Eventers – they are people who don’t like to be left out of those water cooler conversations when a big national or international sporting event is going on.  So they want some way of engaging with a story that they often don’t know much about. Perhaps they are not big sports fans.


Enter our calculator. By putting in your height, weight, date of birth and sex, our calculator matches you with the Olympic athlete most like you. Simple but very engaging!

We took care to make the calculator a rich, visual experience with beautiful illustrations drawn by one of our designers. We also used the colourful, carnival branding that our Marketing department came up with and which was used across all BBC Rio 2016 output during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This didn’t look like a scary sports story, but more of a fun way to be part of the buzz that surrounds the Olympics.

The Calculator Results in Detail

After putting in the four pieces of personal information, the first result showed you how your height compares with the full range of Olympic athletes in Rio.

The next page did the same with your weight, the third with your age. And finally you were shown the 3 athletes most like you.


You may have guessed that these are images of my own Olympic Body Match – I’m not sure being most like an Estonian Wrestler is quite what I had expected!

Hitting the share button generated a box pre-populated with text that enticed the users who received the results to have a go themselves. A link to the calculator is also embedded in the tweet, along with another attractive illustration.

The data and what we did with it.

The data for this interactive was from the Olympic Data Feed, which is used by the BBC and other broadcasters to show the results of all the different events. As part of this feed, the height, weight and age of over 10,000 athletes was available for my team to repurpose.

So far, so good. But it turned out not all the data was available ahead of time. A lot of the information was collected in the days running up to the Games, as the athletes started arriving in Rio, making things a little tight for our development deadlines. To solve this problem we made some test content using figures from the 2012 London Olympics, which we swapped out later for the Rio figures. (The figures for the British track and field team, of particular interest to us, arrived just as the Games were starting.)

As the real data started to come in, we kept our eyes peeled to see who would be the tallest, shortest, heaviest and lightest athletes, as we wanted to highlight them in our graphics, to show the interesting and extreme range of body types represented at the Games.

But, here we had to be careful. As with any dataset this large there was bound to be the occasional glitch, especially when you’re looking for the outliers. Initially the dataset looked as if it contained a rower weighing improbable 200 kilos, and a swimmer whose height was well over seven feet tall.

By checking back with the source, we were able to work out which outliers were incorrect, and which outliers were the right ones for us to focus on.

The shortest athlete was Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva (4ft 4in); the tallest was Li Muhao a Chinese basketball player (7ft 2in).

The data was provided to us through XML feeds.  We matched our readers with the athletes using Euclidean distance. Where someone’s height and weight created more than three matches we picked the athletes whose own birthdate was closest to our reader’s as a way to break ties.

Audience Reaction

Our Body Match Calculator had 4m browsers, 5.8m page impressions and an engagement time of just over a minute.

The audience was 37% female and 63% male – using the gender people matched with as a proxy.

There was good engagement going down the page, with 66% of browsers filling in the form and getting to their results at the foot of the page.

It also did really well on social with this thread on reddit generating nearly a 1,000 comments.

tags: big data, papers & presentations, SAS Global Forum

Making data personal: Big data made small was published on SAS Users.

11月 292016

Present at SAS Global Forum 2017est plus près de la maison, está más cerca de casa, está mais perto de casa, dichter bij huis, is closer to home, eh!

In analytics and statistics, we often talk about sample sizes. The size of the data sets that you analyze are a measure of the amount of information contained within those data. When observations are very similar or correlated due to study design, then the information added by having multiple (correlated) observations may be negligible. This is a common problem with clustered data; the information contained in clustered data is closer to the number of clusters than to the number of observations. As a result, study designers seek to measure many clusters.

When it comes to global presenters, SAS Global Forum is seeking more clusters.

Global representation at SAS Global Forum enriches the conference experience for all attendees, providing each of us with more innovation and information to advance the goals of our organizations.

However, we know that attending our conference from the far corners of the globe is expensive … but not as expensive as it used to be! We’ve got good news for SAS users who reside outside the contiguous 48 states of the United States (residents of Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, read this carefully!).

To ease the financial burden of travelling from afar to the conference, two new policies have been adopted by the SAS Global Users Group – largely in response to your concerns about cost.

Doubled discount for accepted contributed sessions

Each year, SAS Global Forum attracts about 700 proposed sessions from the user community. The review process is competitive as we can only accept 400 session talks. To attract even more submissions from around the globe, we’ve raised the registration discount from 25% to 50% for accepted proposals from the international user community. If you reside outside the 48 contiguous States, and your abstract is approved, you will automatically receive the 50% discount when you register.

As of the writing of this blog, SAS Global Forum 2017 will include four sessions from Africa, ninefrom Australia, 18 from Asia, 12 from South America and the Caribbean, 37 from Canada, 21 from Europe, and 23 from the United Kingdom. With this new policy, we expect far more in 2018 and beyond!

International Professional Awards

Forty SAS Users will be selected from submitted applications to have their registration fee waived. SAS Users who reside outside the contiguous 48 States can apply by completing the application found on the conference website. In this application, you will be asked to describe your SAS experience, barriers to attendance, and about your commitment to attend. Submitters of contributed content are eligible.

We are certain these changes will help make SAS Global Forum the most diverse, international conference yet! I look forward to meeting many SAS users from near and far in Orlando. See you there! Or should I say Wir sehen uns dort! Ci vediamo lì! Nähdään siellä!

tags: International Professional Awards, papers & presentations, SAS Global Forum

SAS Global Forum 2017 is closer to home, or should I say… was published on SAS Users.

9月 092016
How the SAS Global Forum Presenter Mentoring Program can help would-be presenters

Stephanie Thompson, Datamum, Presenter Mentoring Lead

For a SAS professional, presenting at SAS Global Forum 2017 can be a very rewarding. It can enhance your conference experience, help expand the knowledge of the broader SAS community, and advance your career by putting you on display as an expert SAS professional. It can also be a little scary, especially if you’ve never presented to an audience of SAS peers, or you have, but still get nervous thinking about the process of submitting an idea, preparing your talk and presenting it live.

Luckily, your SAS Global Forum Executive Board has created an incredible resource available to help would-be presenters: the SAS Global Forum Presenter Mentoring Program. I recently sat down with Stephanie Thompson and Cindy Wilson, the mentoring program leads, to learn a little more about this awesome service and how it can help presenters feel great about their upcoming presentation.


Cindy Wilson, Eli Lilly, Presenter Mentoring International Focus

Larry LaRusso: I have an idea for a paper to submit for SAS Global Forum but I am not sure how to put this idea into a submission. Can the mentoring program help?

Cindy Wilson:  It sure can! You can get help in preparing your abstract submission through the Presenter Mentoring Program. But, that’s just the start of the service. Presenter Mentors can help with all aspects of your submission.

LL: And that means help developing an abstract concept right through putting together the final presentation?

CW: Yes. Presenter Mentors will help you develop your concept for consideration by the conference team. If your submission is accepted, they will help you right up through the conference. Help using the paper template, presentation tips, focusing your paper on conveying how you used SAS to solve your problem, and even tips for getting the most out of SAS Global Forum are all ways a Presenter Mentor can help.

LL: Can anyone, anywhere with an idea request a mentor?

Stephanie Thompson: Over the years, I have worked with potential presenters from all over the U.S. and the world. Everyone with an idea is welcome to request assistance.

LL: What types of SAS users serve as mentors?

CW: Presenter Mentors are seasoned SAS users and SAS Global Forum presenters who are willing to share their knowledge with those needing help. They come from many types of industries and have experience in all areas of SAS. Some focus on breakout sessions and others e-Posters, so all types of presentations are covered. Mentees are matched with the Presenter Mentor who best fits in terms of the topic of the paper, industry area, and communication preferences.

LL: Will mentors edit my paper?

ST: The purpose of the Presenter Mentoring Program is really to help potential presenters develop their ideas and bring out the SAS of their work. The paper is the work of the submitter and Presenter Mentors want the author’s voice to come through. Editing is not the focus of the program. However, there have been occasions where I have worked with authors whose first language is not English. If help editing is requested, I have helped as much as I could. This is something the mentor and mentee would discuss. Presenter Mentors are SAS experts and not professional editors, certainly something to keep in mind.

LL: Tell me a little about your experience as a Presenter Mentor for past SAS Global Forums.

ST: I have really enjoyed working with presenters across the world. So many people have some great ideas to share and sometimes they just need a little help putting it all together.   Several mentees that I have worked with have become regular presenters at SAS Global Forum and I have kept in touch with a few others over the years. I truly enjoy getting to meet them at the conference after working with them beforehand.

LL: Who do you think can benefit from a Presenter Mentor?

CW: Students who want to transform their research into a SAS Global Forum paper can benefit. Many times the research results are interesting but the focus of the conference paper needs to be how you used SAS to get those results. First-time attendees can also benefit by learning what the norms and expectations are for submissions. Once you have been through the process once, it is easier the next time. Mentors help make that first experience go smoothly. Lastly, anyone who just needs a second set of eyes or a little help getting their ideas across can benefit from the program. No one is turned away.

tags: SAS Global Forum, sas global forum presenter mentoring program

How the SAS Global Forum Presenter Mentoring Program can help would-be presenters was published on SAS Users.

8月 312016

SAS Global Forum 2017 will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, April 2-5, 2017. At SAS Global Forum 2016, the first ever Student Symposium was held. It provided the perfect platform for teams of postsecondary students to showcase their analytical skills and compete with their […]

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8月 292016

Present at SAS Global Forum 2017SAS Global Forum is the premier event for SAS users to learn, teach, and network with each other and SAS experts. SAS Global Forum 2017 takes place April 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, where you can join more than 5,000 SAS users from nearly every country imaginable. Although SAS Global Forum 2017 is several months away, the first milestone is upon us: our Call for Content!

By October 3, 2016, submit a topic of interest that SAS users like yourself will want to learn about. Maybe you have a new idea, technique or best practice you want to share. Perhaps you just figured out something cool or unique you can do in SAS. Submit it! It might just be the perfect solution to a question a fellow user has wrestled with for years. The continuing success of SAS Global Forum is due to users like you sharing their great ideas. The User Program at SAS Global Forum 2017, like Forums previous, will remain true to the program’s promise of being wholly designed and executed by SAS users, for SAS users.

Special Appeal to International Users

The organizing team for SAS Global Forum 2017 is comprised of SAS users from five countries across four continents. Invited and keynote speakers will arrive from 9 countries, and additional special efforts are underway to emphasize the “Global” in SAS Global Forum. So, I appeal to our international user base to submit an abstract for consideration. Users from around the world bring unique perspectives and innovative ideas that strengthen the conference content for everyone.

What happens to your submission?

To ensure that the very best content is delivered for our users, submissions are reviewed by a team of SAS peers who are experts in the topic area they’re reviewing. Once reviewed, they pass the submissions, along with their feedback, to the Content Advisory Team, which comprises half of the conference team. This group ultimately determines which abstracts are accepted. This review process ensures that conference content resonates with users and brings value to their organizations and the user community at large.

Last year’s chair, Jennifer Waller, wrote a great blog offering advice for submitting your presentation for consideration. It’s entitled Presenting at SAS Global Forum – Is my idea good enough? I’d encourage you to read it, but I’ll close by summarizing it for you here: “Go for it!”

Still worried about submitting? Don’t be! If you would like to receive advice and help from an experienced attendee and SAS expert, sign up for a Mentor. Our mentors can guide you with choosing a topic, writing and abstract, and delivery your message in a professional and captivating style. Sign up at link.

A service to the SAS community

SAS users really are a community. Our great diversity ensues from users at more than 80,000 sites in every industry around the world. There’s no problem too large or too complex that we can’t solve together. My favorite part of the conference is sitting in on user presentations and learning about the unique or creative ways they’re using SAS to solve their organization’s problems. I never leave a session without at least one piece of helpful information I can apply to my work.

tags: call for papers, SAS Global Forum

Present at SAS Global Forum 2017 – Call for content now open was published on SAS Users.

8月 162016

  It’s that time of year again, universities and colleges are gearing up for the 2016-17 academic year, football is starting another season, and the call for papers at SAS Global Forum is open!  SAS Global Forum happens every year, and is the largest gathering of SAS users.  In 2017, […]

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6月 302016

SAS Global ForumI look forward to SAS Global Forum each year and this past conference ranked up that as one of the best I've ever attended. This year there were so many wonderful presentations, Super Demos and workshops on the topic of administration of SAS and the underlying hardware infrastructure needed for SAS applications. Below you'll find a list of the top 15 presentations based on attendance. We hope you find these papers useful.

10360 - Nine Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Started with SAS® Visual Analytics
2440 - Change Management: The Secret to a Successful SAS® Implementation
8220 - Optimizing SAS® on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and 7
SAS6840 - Reeling Them Back In Keeping SAS® Visual Analytics Users Happy, Behind the Scenes
SAS2820 - Helpful Hints for Transitioning to SAS® 9.4
SAS6761 - Best Practices for Configuring Your I/O Subsystem for SAS®9 Applications
10861 - Best Practices in Connecting External Databases to SAS®
SAS6280 - Hands-On Workshop: SAS® Environment Manager
SAS5680 - Advanced Topics in SAS® Environment Manager
9680 - SAS Big Brother
SAS4240 - Creating a Strong Business Case for SAS® Grid Manager: Translating Grid Computing Benefits to Business Benefits
10962 - SAS® Metadata Security 201: Security Basics for a New SAS Administrator
8860 - SAS® Metadata Security 101: A Primer for SAS Administrators and Users Not Familiar with SAS
9920 - UCF SAS® Visual Analytics: Implementation, Usage, and Performance
11202 - Let the Schedule Manager Take Care of Scheduling Jobs in SAS® Management Console 9.4

Note: It's hard to believe, but we're already thinking about topics to present at SAS Global Forum 2017. If you have suggestions for SAS Administration paper topics you'd like to see at next year's conference, please share your thoughts in the comments below or contact me directly. 

tags: papers & presentations, SAS Administrators, SAS Global Forum

15 top Global Forum 2016 papers for SAS administrators was published on SAS Users.

6月 282016

Would you like to see the latest features of SAS Enterprise Guide in action? Of course you would! That's why it's well worth the 12 minutes of your time to watch this video from SAS Global Forum 2016.

In the video, Casey Smith (SAS' R&D manager of the SAS Enterprise Guide team) shows off the favorite new features, including:

Casey also talks about his unique perspective as a second-generation SAS user. His Mom is a long-time SAS user; Casey was raised with SAS in the house! It's only appropriate that Casey went on to join SAS as an employee. He frequently presents for user groups and you can often find Casey (as CaseyS_SAS) on the SAS Enterprise Guide discussion board in SAS Support Communities.

tags: SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS global forum, SAS GloFo

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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.