SAS Customer Recognition — Richard Wright
Veterans Affairs/Office of the Inspector General
How long have you been using SAS®?
More than 30 years.
What SAS products have you used in the past, and what products and solutions are you currently using?
I've used Base SAS, SAS/GRAPH®, SAS/STAT®, SAS/IML®, SAS/AF®, SAS/ETS®, SAS/CONNECT®, SAS/FSP®, SAS/GIS®, et al. These days, I stick pretty close to Base SAS, SAS/GRAPH and SAS/STAT.
What is a problem you have solved using SAS?
While I was working for the state of Texas, the US Office of Personnel Management required a reallocation of funds spent on about 3,000 people. They wanted to allocate the funds based on the proportion of each person's position funded by different programs. I was able to use SAS to do this.
What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?
I used SAS to monitor the video feeds of certain legislative hearings and to alert the people monitoring the meetings by cell phone when the meetings were being reconvened.
What is your most memorable SAS moment?
The day my professor Steve Haynes tossed me a book and said, "Here's something called SAS. We need to do a step-wise autoregression..."
How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?
My first program was on cards. Need I say more?
Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.
Yes, SUGI 8 in New Orleans back in 1983 was the most memorable.
Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?
Ron Cody, Rick Aster and Cynthia Zender are a few that come to mind.
If you could point a new SAS user to one resource, what would it be?
The online help.