SAS Customer Recognition — Kurt Klee
Information Services Division
Honda North America Services LLC
How long have you been using SAS®?
What SAS products have you used in the past and what products and solutions are you currently using?
I started with mainframe SAS 5. I now use SAS 9.1.3 on the mainframe, SAS for Windows (SAS 9.3) and SAS® Enterprise Guide® 4.3, along with SAS/CONNECT® to allow processing between platforms.
What is a problem you have solved using SAS?
For years our change management area had no statistics on the changes they implemented into production (volume of changes, distribution of changes among departments, types of changes, etc.). We implemented a set of monthly reports to answer these questions and more, allowing them to forecast the volume of changes and plan accordingly. We also proved to management that, at least in our shop, mainframe activity is not going away anytime soon.
What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?
Our mainframe scheduling system has no built-in validation, so jobs were being set up in production that did not necessarily follow our division/department standards for job scheduling. A SAS job was created to validate the day's scheduling database entries. It sends an email with information on the volume of scheduling database changes, and alerts us to any changes that violate the standards. All nonstandard or incorrect entries can then be corrected by the change management team before the nightly batch processing, reducing scheduling-related job failures to zero.
What is your most memorable SAS moment?
There are many, but one that stands out is taking a SAS training course at SAS world headquarters in Cary, NC. What a campus! Pass the M&Ms, please!
How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?
The biggest change that affected my use of SAS by far was the addition of ODS. That was a light-years jump in the sophistication of SAS output. Overall, I've seen SAS go from a (for the most part) mainframe-based statistical reporting tool to a suite of tools for every imaginable platform and industry.
Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.
- SUGI 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31.
- SAS Global Forum 2007, 2008.
- Western Users of SAS Software Conference 2000, 2001, WUSS11 (2003), 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
- LA Basin SAS Users Group (every year since 2003).
I have volunteered many years as a Session Coordinator. I have also participated as a Section Chair/Co-Chair and Volunteer Chair.
Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?
Yes, all the smart and friendly folks I've met at SAS users group conferences from all around the globe. I've made priceless contacts and received great tips from SAS users and developers.
If you could point a new SAS user to one resource, what would it be?
For a brand new SAS user, I'd have to say to take SAS courses at a SAS training center. You'll learn how to use SAS "the right way" from the people who know it best and can answer any possible question you may have. You'll have access to knowledge and materials you just can't get anywhere else.