Summer is in full swing here in the Carolinas. Now that I have a little extra time on my hands, the backyard beer garden has never looked better. It is just way too hot and humid to enjoy it!
If you have not had time to check out the virtual SAS® Global Forum 2020, fear not! This year’s virtual event is available on demand, so you can watch it from anywhere, anytime, and registration is free. Head over to the Quad and check out the Advanced Analytics presentations. Michael Lamm’s presentation on PROC GAMSELECT will get you started on how to do model selection with a generalized additive model.
PharmaSUG is also virtual this year. You can register for the conference and view submitted papers on the conference website. July 23 is the last day of live webinar presentations for the conference. Check out the schedule on the PharmaSUG site to see if any of the remaining presentations interest you.
We are also preparing our online presence for the Joint Statistical Meetings next month. Check out our virtual expo site to see what’s new with SAS® analytics software and to schedule a video conference with one of our development staff.
SAS has extended its work-safer-from-home recommendation until at least September 7. The various virtual tools at our disposal, like Skype, Teams, Zoom, Webex, and even WhatsApp and FaceTime, have had the unexpected benefit of bringing me even closer to many of my coworkers, colleagues, and friends. SAS campus in Cary can be a big place. It is often not easy to schedule a face-to-face meeting with a colleague in a building half a mile away. Once we are finally back in the office, these tools that have carried me through the last four months will remain in my toolbox. While I look forward to the time when I can meet face to face with a colleague who works across campus, I will not forget that I can jump on Teams or Zoom to contact them with a more personal touch than I get with a phone call or IM.
Manager, Advanced Analytics Technical Support