CA Occidental Consultants
Art Carpenter's list of publications includes five books and numerous papers presented at SAS Global Forum and other users group conferences. Carpenter has been using SAS since 1977 and is a SAS Certified Advanced Professional Programmer. As a consultant, he teaches SAS courses and provides SAS programming support nationwide.
How long have you been using SAS®?
What SAS products have you used in the past? What products and solutions are you currently using?
Primarily Base SAS, with SAS/AF®, SAS/FSP®, SAS/GRAPH®, SAS/STAT®, SAS/OR® and SAS/QC®.
What is a problem you have solved using SAS?
Recently, a client had a data analysis that didn't take full advantage of SAS software's capabilities and, as a result, took 24 hours to process. By using SAS to rewrite the steps involved, the same data analysis now takes one minute and 11 seconds.
What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?
A number of data-driven dynamic applications have been written using the SAS macro language.
What is your most memorable SAS moment?
Being the conference chair of the 2003 SUGI 28 conference in Seattle.
How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?
I learned SAS using the blue SAS 76 manual. There is a lot more to the product now!
Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.
SUGI, SAS Global Forum, all the regionals (NESUG, SESUG, SCSUG, MWSUG, PNWSUG, WUSS [I have never missed a WUSS conference]), numerous local meetings, VIEWS in England. I am the past chair of the Southern CA SAS Users Group and San Diego SAS Users Group. Currently I am active in the AKSUG.
Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?
I love that the SAS programming greats such as Ian Whitlock, Paul Dorfman, John King, Art Tabachneck and others go out of their way to share their substantial knowledge. They have taught me a lot, and they continue to give to the SAS community.
If you could point a new SAS user to one resource, what would it be?
I would tell them to get very familiar with the books written by the users. They are an incredible resource. Also, most of the papers presented at various users conferences are now online – check out http://www.lexjansen.com.