3月 232009
 
At Opening Session, Annette Harris, Vice President of SAS Technical Support told the audience that user feedback is one of the main ingredients for improving the decision-making power of SAS software.

“We value your feedback…we encourage it…and we use it….to make our software better and more responsive to our customers’ needs,” said Harris. “Your feedback and ideas keep us grounded in what’s important to you as SAS users.”

Harris thanked the users for contributing to SAS’ success, and then introduced the 2008 SAS User Feedback Award winner as an outstanding example of someone who is using SAS® Business Analytics to find innovative methods to anticipate problems and implement solutions.

Jaroslaw Maj, Deputy IT Director at PLAYMobile of Poland, worked with SAS Research and Development, Technical Support and Product Management to improve the user interface of SAS® Web Report Studio and underlying technologies.

PLAYMobile is the fourth largest mobile operator and the first multi-media phone operator in Poland. According to Harris, in the summer of 2007, PLAYMobile chose SAS as its strategic IT partner for services as well as the implementation of the SAS BI Platform and SAS Customer Intelligence solutions.
Since then, several major projects have been completed including a Customer Data Warehouse, Analytical Data Mart, Campaign Management, Customer Segmentation and Customer Contribution Margin.

Harris said, “These advanced business analytics solutions immediately provided PLAYMobile with an opportunity to analyze and understand customer behavior, profitability, possibility of cross-sell actions and other opportunities.”

Jaroslaw provided usage cases, further clarified business needs and helped test improvements. One result of his involvement will be seen in greatly improved Web Report Studio query performance in scenarios involving 3rd party RDBMS in SAS® BI Server.
3月 232009
 
SAS Global Forum Conference Chair Lori Griffin gave a warm welcome to attendees and kicked off an Opening Session that was abuzz with excitement. Griffin told attendees that even though these are challenging times, a sense of confidence abounds at this conference because the key to success is applying solid business analytics to understand the past and predict future outcomes.

“SAS users are no strangers to analytics,” said Griffin. “Our employers depend on us to discover the hidden mysteries in the data we work with and to take the guesswork out of decision making. This is the age of analytics -- and we are in the driver’s seat.”

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight told attendees that SAS would continue to reinvest more than a fifth of total revenue in research and development (R&D).

“If you add up our R&D commitment for the past 33 years, the total is more than $5 billion,” said Goodnight. “In today’s economy, many companies are cutting back on R&D. SAS is not.”

Goodnight also participated in a demo of a new SAS solution for fraud detection: SAS® Social Network Analysis. With the economy down, crime and fraud are up, but this new solution helps organizations uncover hidden relationships between people and within data. The demo showed how organizations can detect and prevent fraudulent activity by discovering these relationships.

When SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jim Davis took the stage he discussed the current economic climate as an opportunity to put strategies in place that capitalize on the changes that are taking place around us. Companies that find new ways of doing business will emerge stronger once the crisis has passed, said Davis, who then showed how the components of the SAS Business Analytics Framework help organizations predict their future and optimize their business.

Also at Opening Session, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, FIDUCIA IT AG and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia were honored with the SAS Enterprise Excellence Award. Jaroslaw Maj of Play, the fourth largest mobile telecommunications company in Poland won this year’s User Feedback Award.

Author Stephen Baker, who wrote the book The Numerati, was the evening’s keynote presenter. He examined the trend toward decision making based on data versus “hunches.” For example, he said selling advertising used to be a matter of flipping through the Rolodex to connect with who you know. Now, he said, advertisers want data to back the claim that media exposure will help sell products.

“Analytics promises to replace our gut instincts with science,” he said. “As the pools of data expand, ruling by the gut will be a firing offense. The key is to find focus and determine what areas to go after with the data we have at hand.”
3月 232009
 
Does your SAS code lack energy?
Are your macros not 'mending'?
Is your data out of sorts?

Not to fear, because here at SAS Global Forum, we have emergency treatment for your SAS code. The new Code Doctors section allows you to bring your problematic SAS programs to a SAS subject matter expert. Take advantage of this personalized learning experience during two sessions in the Demo Area:

Monday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This is your chance to let the experts advise you, debug your errors or just recommend some fine tuning. Questions can address syntax, logistics or concepts in a variety of SAS areas such as Base SAS, Statistics, Macros, Report Writing, ODS, SQL, SAS Enterprise Guide and more.

Bring a hard copy and/or electronic file with your code and/or log for a Code Doctor to examine. Time will be available for one-on-one consultations.
3月 222009
 
Have you heard fellow attendees talking about the “BOFs” and wondered what language they were speaking? The BOFs (Birds-of-a-Feather sessions) are informal discussion groups that give you the opportunity to meet up with other SAS® users and staff who share your specific interests.

The BOFs will be held on the Convention Center level from 6 - 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. You’ll find sign-up sheets for each topic in the Conference Registration area, or you can form your own BOF and invite others to join you.

Be sure to check the sign ups on Monday and Tuesday in case a new BOF session forms that you want to attend. Here’s a sampling of what’s available:

Monday, March 23
• SAS® 9 Administration -- 6 - 7:30 p.m., Chesapeake A
• Social Media 101 -- 6 – 7 p.m., Maryland 3
• SAS-L -- 7 - 8 p.m., Maryland 1
• MidWest SAS Users Group 2009 Conference Planning & Introduction -- 7:30 - 8 p.m., Chesapeake 8

Tuesday, March 24
• Social Media 101 -- 6 – 7 p.m., Maryland 3
• South-Central SAS Users Group -- 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Chesapeake 8
• Pharma SAS Users Group -- 7 - 8 p.m., Chesapeake A
3月 222009
 
In the short time that I've been with SAS, I've had the pleasure of talking to many SAS users, developers and programmers, and I've had more than a few conversations with the men and women who work in SAS technical support. One of the things that's amused me is how many of them take pride in calling themselves "geeks."

Although, I've often thought of myself as a geek because I read constantly and would rather work a crossword puzzle solo than play board games with a group of laughing friends, I've never really thought of "geek" as a compliment. I've been thinking this over during the past several weeks and it occurs to me that this geek line of thinking may be another facet of Jim Goodnight's organizational culture.

Within SAS culture, everyone is given the freedom -- and are in fact, encouraged -- to bloom where they're planted. I'm a writer and editor. I'm happy in my work and strive everyday to make more contributions to SAS' growth. This same freedom and encouragement may make "geeks" feel empowered to grow and strive - to feel as significant in their contributions as I do in mine (geekdom and all). I hope you'll tell me if I'm on the mark or way off base.

Insider's view
When the idea for a SAS presenters series popped into my head, I wanted to help SAS Global Forum blog readers get an insider's view into the what the presenters were thinking when they sat down to write a SAS Global Forum paper. Just like any reporter, though, I also wanted to get to know the interviewee just a little better.

I don't know if these presenters consider themselves to be geeks or not. I didn't ask them, but I can tell you that you'll find that they are interesting people with an amazing array of hobbies and talents. My advice is to take the time to meet the authors of the paper presentations that you attend. Get to know the reasons behind the paper. And try to get to know a little about the author. You'll be much richer for the time you spend.

It has been my pleasure to put this series together. Please watch for all of the posts.
3月 222009
 
User discussion forums are a great way to find answers to your problems. I've searched forums for help with updating operating systems, fixing the washing machine, and selecting new plumbing fixtures. In all cases, the forums have been helpful and I never posted a single question. I just looked at the other questions, comments and opinions. I found most of these resources using search tools.

I look at the SAS discussion forums daily. Judging by the number of views for some of the posts, it looks like a lot of you are just looking for answers and opinions too. You can do that by scanning the posts on a regular basis, which is what I do, but I'm just looking to make sure that the forums are moving along nicely. Scanning the forums is not an effective way to locate more targeted information. Searching is what you want. Keep reading for hints on how to search the discussion forums for just the right piece of information.

New! Forum content is included in the site search
Starting in early March, we included the content of the discussion forums in the overall site search. This enables you to use the content of the discussion forums to help you solve problems without specifically visiting the forums. Just issue your search from the search box at the top of every page. You can easily recognize a forum post in your search results. Each forum result is preceded by SAS Discussion Forums: as shown in the image below.


Read these posts for more searching tips

Using the extending search
The discussion forums have their own search feature. You can search all of the forums from the entry page (support.sas.com/forums) or you can click to the forum most likely to contain your answer and search that forum using the search box on the right. But let me introduce you to the extended search.

You can access the extended search by selecting the Search link next to the search box on any page. The extended search page displays as shown below.


Just use the entry fields and selection lists to search all or some of the forums, look for posts from your favorite poster, or search posts within a certain date range. If you frequent the forums, you'll want to give this a try. You may also want to set watches so that updates are delivered to you.

Do you have a tip for how to use the discussion forums to learn more?
3月 212009
 

Lots of people have embraced social media, including blogs, social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) and "microblogging" platforms like Twitter. A recent Nielsen study shows that social networks have actually overtaken email.

Fine, but what if you're still trying to figure out the World Wide Web? Don't despair. The world of social media isn't that complicated when you break it down. That's just what I'm planning to do at SAS Global Forum, and I hope you'll join me.

SAS has embraced social media, and we're working on our strategy for incorporating it into our communications. (That's my new job, actually.) If you'd like to spend an hour talking about what these different channels are, why they might be useful for you and how to get started, come to Maryland 3 on Monday or Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Bring your questions. I've got some information to share but I'm also ready to talk about whatever interests you.

3月 212009
 
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3月 202009
 
FYI: SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Text Miner Procedures: Reference for SAS 9.1.3, see:
 
 
This entry DOES exist in the SAS Support website, but it can’t be found by any search engine or documentation tree view. You’re recommended to download these files immediately due to SAS’s easy-dead hyperlinks.^-^
 
ps.SAS Institute provides no support for the use of Enterprise Miner and Text Miner Procedures when they are invoked directly, outside of the Enterprise Miner graphical user interface.