4月 082010
 
Contributed by Meg Crawford, Marketing Specialist, User & Customer Marketing; Kirsten Hamstra, Web Marketing Specialist, SAS Publishing; and Michele Reister, Field Marketing Specialist, SAS Education.

If you read last month’s Open Mic blog posts from Meg Crawford and Kirsten Hamstra about all the great social media activities happening at SAS Global Forum, then you’re pretty well-informed, but here’s the latest master list of everything social media-related happening at SAS Global Forum.

Twitter and the SAS Global Forum TweetSpot
If you aren't already, start following us on Twitter @SASGLOBALFORUM or join the conversation that will be continuing throughout SAS Global Forum with our hashtag, #SGF10. We also have a few other recommendations for you: @SASPublishing, @SASTraining, @WaynetteTubbs, @alisonbolen, @DavidBThomas, @deb_orton, @kellylevoyer, @abrown7, @hrenee and @sasCommunity will all be dishing up some good SAS Global Forum tweets.

Want to meet your fellow SAS Global Forum tweeters? Attend the SAS Seattle TweetUp on April 11 at 9:00 p.m. at the Tap House Grill. Register early, space is limited.

Are you not yet sold on Twitter? Let us show you how cool it is. Stop by the TweetSpot outside the Demo Area on the Sky Bridge where we’ll be offering tutorials, signing up new accounts, and tweeting with conference attendees. We know you’ll be hooked by the end of SAS Global Forum.
Even if you’re not ready to sign up just yet, you won’t be left out because our GIANT Twitter Wall above the entrance to the Demo Area will keep you in the loop. Check out all the live, scrolling tweets to see what everyone is saying about the conference.

SAS Global Forum Connect
Connect with your peers on SAS Global Forum Connect at http://www.sasCommunity.org/Connect. New for sasCommunity.org, SAS Global Forum Connect enables SAS Global Forum 2010 attendees to connect online before and during the conference. Even if you're not attending in-person, you can still participate.
Find colleagues on the searchable / sortable list, add messages to the public Message Board, send messages, add colleagues, view Web site contributions, add photo avatars & more! Stay connected during the conference and keep your connections all year long.

Facebook
Facebook is a great way to get real-time updates about the conference, new happenings and key information, and interact with SAS professionals and users who will be in attendance. The SAS Global Forum Facebook Fan Page has more than 700 active members and is growing daily. We also recommend you become a fan of the SAS Publishing and SAS Training & Certification pages. We will all be posting photos and status updates live from the Demo Floor. Watch our feeds and you just might win some free SAS goodies!

Blogging
There will be LOTS of blogging going on during SAS Global Forum. The official SAS Global Forum blog features many talented voices from all over SAS. Read along to follow a series of posts during the conference to hear from SAS employees serving a wide variety of roles at SAS Global Forum. Gain insight into popular paper presentations, Demo Hall activities, breaking SAS news and the latest conference updates.

You’ll also want to visit the Open Mic blog to hear from SAS Press authors, SAS Publishing editors and others as they blog live from the conference. SAS Training & Certification will be launching a new blog next month but first we need your help! Vote for your favorite blog name or suggest your own and you’ll automatically be entered in a drawing to win a free training class!

Linked in
The SAS Global Forum LinkedIn Group has more than 400 members and is a great way to connect with other professionals in your field who will be sharing their insights at the conference. Joining the Fans of SAS Books and SAS Training & Certification LinkedIn groups will keep you in touch with your peers long after SAS Global Forum 2010 ends.

YouTube
Get a closer look at SAS Global Forum through the informal video interview series, Inside SAS Global Forum 2010 hosted by Dave Thomas, SAS Social Media Manager and Waynette Tubbs, Editor of the SAS Tech Report. We would love to hear your ideas for what you’d like to see on Inside SAS Global Forum. Who would you like us to interview? Please send your ideas to Waynette.Tubbs@sas.com.

Last year, SAS Publishing kicked off a new video series featuring interviews with SAS Press authors during the M2009 Data Mining Conference and The Premier Business Leadership Series Conference in October and will be continuing it at this year's major conferences including SAS Global Forum. Armed with a handheld Kodak Zi8, Kirsten Hamstra will be tracking down authors and asking them 3-4 questions which she’ll then edit together into a fun video montage for SAS Publishing’s YouTube channel.

Also, if you’ve ever taken a SAS Training class, we encourage you to visit the video interview station in the Demo Hall at the SAS Education Center to record a short video about how SAS training has helped you. We will also be putting together a video montage for SAS Training’s YouTube channel.

SAS Social Media Analytics Launch
SAS will announce a new social media analytics solution April 12 via a live webcast. See it in person at SAS Global Forum during the opening ceremony or watch it live at www.sas.com/smalaunch and tweet about it with the #SASSMA hashtag. During the webcast you’ll hear from social media and analytics experts, see the new software in action and have the opportunity to ask questions. Don’t miss this highly anticipated product launch!

Meeting you Face-to-Face!
Obviously you can tell we love communicating with our customers and colleagues via social media, but there’s still nothing better than good, old-fashioned face-to-face communication. We can’t wait to meet you in person and talk about whatever it is you want to talk about it – social media, SAS Global Forum, new SAS technologies, restaurants, books, sports, travel, children…you get the idea – we’re excited to get to know as many people as we can. After all, isn’t networking one of the greatest benefits of attending a conference?
4月 082010
 
Yesterday we posted 'Chris Brogan Provides Best Practices and Insights into Social Media', the third (of six) Chris Brogan videos taped when Chris was at our headquarters in Cary, NC.

In this video, the fourth in this series, SAS' Deb Orton interviews Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs. Chris discusses the differences between B2B and B2C in social media, who should own social media within companies, how to deal with bloggers, and how to integrate social media into your marketing mix.

Enjoy the video. And stay tuned. We'll post new segments from this interview series in the coming days, and we'll continue this series with new interviews from SAS practitioners in the coming months.



4月 082010
 
Singularity refers to the phenomenon of ever-increasing computer power reaching a point of such overwhelming memory and computing power that gives rise to a new level of intelligence here on earth. One of the main drivers in the singularity model is Moore’s Law which predicts exponential growth in computing power. In the view of singularity proponents, human processing capacity is limited to the evolutionary constraints imposed on the size of the human cranium.

At web sites such as Singularity University and in research articles such as, "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of data," singularity proponents predict with confidence that it is only a matter of time before computers achieve natural language processing capability, probably in many languages. Think about the implications of that. For one, language and speech translation would become a trivial problem.
Continue reading "Singularity, Moore’s Law and NLP"
4月 072010
 

Keith Collins, SAS Chief Technology Officer talks about SAS Global Forum, virtualization, high-performance computing and running SAS on the new Intel Xeon 7500 platform.



Web Links:
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwgzkgKFIoM

SAS.com:
http://www.sas.com/apps/webnet/SGF2010VideoBlog/index.html?videoID=isgf10episode2

4月 072010
 
Yesterday we posted 'Chris Brogan Offers Social Media Advice to Marketers', the second (of six) Chris Brogan videos taped when Chris was at our headquarters in Cary, NC.

In this video, the third in this series, SAS' Deb Orton interviews Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs. Chris discusses the big opportunities for marketers, mistakes that marketers make with social media and how to solve the common marketers' excuse of "I don't have the time."

Chris' comments, concerning the time investment social media requires, reminded me of the economic tenet that the true cost of anything produced is the sum of the other things that could have been produced with the same efforts. In other words, if you spend an hour on Twitter, the true cost of that effort is what you did not do during that time, but could have.

So if email marketing works for you, keep with it. Yet if a particular marketing activity is not working, do consider alternative uses of your time and perhaps redirect effort towards a social media activity, as there is a good chance such a redirection will produce superior results. At any rate, you'll learn something new.

Enjoy the video. And stay tuned. We'll post new segments from this interview series in the coming days, and we'll continue this series with new interviews from SAS practitioners in the coming months.






4月 072010
 

Co-hosts Dave Thomas and Waynette Tubbs kick off the behind-the-scenes look at SAS Global Forum 2010.  Learn all about the conference's social media plans and how to submit your suggestions story ideas.



Web Links:
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t_UJexoD20

SAS.com:
http://www.sas.com/apps/webnet/SGF2010VideoBlog/index.html?videoID=isgf10episode1
4月 062010
 
We recently posted 'Chris Brogan Talks About His Book "Trust Agents" and Social Media', the first (of six) Chris Brogan videos taped when Chris was at our headquarters in Cary, NC.

In this video, the second in this series, SAS' Deb Orton interviews Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs. Chris discusses what will be important to marketers this year, offers advice for marketers getting started in social media and how companies can decide when they are ready for social media.

Enjoy the video. And stay tuned. We'll post new segments from this interview series in the coming days, and we'll continue this series with new interviews from SAS practitioners in the coming months.



4月 062010
 
For the past 9 months I’ve been sharing my insights into pre-conference planning, and now things are really ramping up for SAS Global Forum. What does that mean for blog readers? You’ll likely see fewer posts from me – but more from some of my fellow SAS bloggers:

Anne-Lindsay Beall has been bringing you the SAS Global Forum Daily News since 2005. Once a print newsletter, the publication is now delivered via e-mail, linking primarily to items in this blog.

• Most of you know Waynette Tubbs from the SAS Tech Report e-newsletter. Or you may have met her on Twitter. Watch for Waynette to write a whole series of posts featuring conference presenters. She’ll also be contributing to the SAS Global Forum Daily News and co-hosting the video series Inside SAS Global Forum.

Brendan Bailey, a veteran Video Communications and New Media employee at SAS, will continue his role in making the blog come alive with various video clips.

Dave Thomas is our social media manager at SAS. He’s been teaching us all a lot about listening and communicating with customers online, and he’s even spent some of his weekend hours talking to the SAS Global Forum board about social media. He’ll be contributing here during the conference, and – along with Waynette – you’ll see him doing live video interviews as well.

The postings on the blog are going to increase, and you’ll be hearing from all of these folks at some point. I’m looking forward to reading their content, and I hope you are too.
4月 032010
 


Definition: Special missing value is a type of numeric missing value that enables you to represent different categories of missing data by using the letters A-Z or an underscore. Ref: SAS 9.1.3 language reference: concepts page no: 102 The symbol usually used to represent a missing value for a numerical variable is the period or dot. Aside from the dot, there are 27 special missing values SAS can store in numerical variables. They are the dot-underscore (._), and dot-letter (.A thru .Z). Note that these special values are case insensitive. That is, .A=.a .B=.b .C=.c etc. If you do not begin a special numeric missing value with a period, SAS identifies it as a variable name. Therefore, to use a special numeric missing value in a SAS expression or assignment statement, you must begin the value with a period, followed by the letter or underscore, as in the following example: x=.d; When SAS prints a special missing value, it prints only the letter. When data values contain characters...

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4月 032010
 


Definition: Special missing value is a type of numeric missing value that enables you to represent different categories of missing data by using the letters A-Z or an underscore. Ref: SAS 9.1.3 language reference: concepts page no: 102 The symbol usually used to represent a missing value for a numerical variable is the period or dot. Aside from the dot, there are 27 special missing values SAS can store in numerical variables. They are the dot-underscore (._), and dot-letter (.A thru .Z). Note that these special values are case insensitive. That is, .A=.a .B=.b .C=.c etc. If you do not begin a special numeric missing value with a period, SAS identifies it as a variable name. Therefore, to use a special numeric missing value in a SAS expression or assignment statement, you must begin the value with a period, followed by the letter or underscore, as in the following example: x=.d; When SAS prints a special missing value, it prints only the letter. When data values contain characters...

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