Principal Statistical Programmer
Angelo Tinazzi has nearly 20 years of experience in clinical research in the areas of data management and statistical programming. He had different roles in academia, clinical research organizations and the pharmaceutical industry in Italy, Switzerland and the UK.
How long have you been using SAS®?
What SAS products have you used in the past? What products and solutions are you currently using?
From the very beginning I have used Base SAS with an extensive use of the SAS macro language, SAS/STAT® and SAS/GRAPH®. Beginning with SAS 8, I've used ODS for output reporting. In the past I have used SAS/IML®, SAS/AF®, SAS/FSP®, SAS/IntrNet®, SAS/EIS® and SAS® Enterprise Miner™.
What is a problem you have solved using SAS?
I use it daily for most of my problems at work except for people management.
What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?
I have used it to create end-user applications with SAS/AF and to develop macros for our scientists to use.
What is your most memorable SAS moment?
That would be while I was working with a SAS quality partner for nearly two years developing end-user applications with SAS/AF. I learned more about SAS during that time than I have learned in all the rest of my working experience.
How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?
Well, it has changed a lot, since I started with SAS 5 on VMS, but the core has remained the same. Yes, there are a lot of new functions, statements, procedures and modules, but I like the fact that SAS language was as robust 20 years ago as it is today.
Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.
I attended SEUGI twice – 1996 and 1997. I made presentations at SUGItalia in the '90s and in 2001; I also gave presentations and posters at PhUSE in 2005-2008 and attended in 2010.
Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?
A lot. I try every day to take inspiration from what is available in the SAS community.