message from SAS Canada
Hello insights subscribers!
Once again it’s time to do a wrap on SAS Global Forum—the premier event for SAS professionals worldwide, which was recently held in Orlando, Florida. While this year’s themes were closely tied to all things Big Data or Big Analytics related, there was plenty for everyone to see and do. From paper presentations and workshops, to demos, social activities and more, the scope is so broad that everyone can, and does, have a unique experience. One particular Canadian first-timer I’d like to highlight, Chris Battison, made the most of his experience by receiving a second place award for Best Contributed Paper in the posters category with “Wake Up Your Data with Graph’n’Go” . Nice work Chris!
Of course Chris wasn’t the only Canadian involved in the conference as you’ll see familiar Canadian names among section chairs and other volunteers, paper and workshop presenters as well as the great mass of 3,000+ attendees. But even if you weren’t able to attend, this issue of Insights is chalk full of information on what went on, as well as easy links to find it. For those interested in the social media angle, you may want to visit YouTube for both the serious and casual aspects of SAS Global Forum, check-out some terrific blogs by SAS users and staff, or root around in #SASGF12 to see what happened from a Twitter perspective. One of the neatest things I found in my own research was a terrific site with 17 of the best presentations from the conference, ready to be re-used in PowerPoints. And if you still haven’t had enough, bear in mind that Lex Jansen has done an incredible job of collecting papers from ALL SAS conferences!
SAS Global Forum also has a funny way of launching our own user group season here in Canada. While a number have already taken place—which means that their presentations are now posted on web sites—the season continues with an ever increasing number of meetings as many groups have added on afternoon sessions related to business analytics, SAS ‘interface’ related products, SAS platform technologies and the like. Tweaking our user group program for ongoing improvement is an on-going topic among the user group executive committees and SAS Canada, and was certainly discussed at this year’s user group President’s Meeting in Orlando. As with the growth of our online SAS Canada Community, we continue to work with Canadian users everywhere to find innovative ways to increase your opportunities for collaboration and professional growth.
Matt and I hope to swap ideas with you at an upcoming user group meeting soon!