Technology Connection KeynoteTechnically Funny: Technology
A stand-up comic, writer and actor, Don McMillan will bring his "Application Specific Integrated Comedy" to SAS Global Forum 2011! McMillan has performed more than 300 shows for major corporations around the United States, including IBM, Apple, Google and Genentech. A former computer chip designer in Silicon Valley, McMillan utilizes his unique background to take a lighthearted look at computers, technology and the high-tech life. His PowerPoint slides are like none you?ve ever seen. Don has acted in numerous television shows and commercials, and has made guest appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show on NBC, CNN's The Larry King Show, MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour and A&E's Evening at the Improv. Nowadays, you can catch McMillan headlining comedy clubs across the country. Recently, he was named No. 1 Corporate Comedian by CBS BNET.
Wednesday Lunch and Feature Presentation*Revenge of the Semi-Colon People: Business Analytics at Work
Greg Nelson & Neil Howard
In this informative and fun-filled action-adventure, Greg Nelson and Neil Howard will take us on a journey to tell the story of the semi-colon people SAS Users by looking at SAS Global Forum data throughout the years, including attendance patterns, survey opinions, observations from volunteers and nearly 10,000 papers and presentations representing topics ranging from BASE SAS to Sudoku.
The story will be told using SAS, from programs written by SAS users across the globe, a vibrant, evolving community that stretches geographically as well as vertically through nearly every industry. From descriptive statistics to text mining to social analytics, we've explored the reaches of the SAS Global Forum and its user community to make it better using the software that brought us together in the first place.
SAS Global Users Group Data Warehouse: A Look Behind the Scenes
In this presentation, we will share some of the experiences in bringing a diverse set of contributors together to help with the analysis and presentation of this data and what it took to get the data ready. Topics will include architecture, data model, technology choices and methods for creating this resource for our community.
Special attention will be paid to the challenge of data cleansing and enrichment and how we were able to engage the SAS community in helping us analyze this data.
Social Media & Networking
Social Media: What SAS® Pros Need to Know
David B. Thomas
Social media may be a phenomenon, but it's not a fad; it has changed the way people and companies communicate. In blogs, on social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook, and on messaging platforms like Twitter, users share information about their work, business and technical issues and the professional challenges that keep them awake at night.
The IT Services Marketing Association, which tracks the use of social media by IT professionals and executives with purchasing responsibility, issued a 2009 report that showed social media usage among this group rose 50 percent over 2008 and is now in the majority 55 percent said they use social media as part of the technology buying process in 2009 versus 37 percent in 2008.
This presentation will explore the top trends in social media, the impact on IT professionals and SAS users, and the analytical tools and technology that help companies improve products, customer service, marketing and communications.
Statistics and Data Analysis
Evolution of Linear Models in SAS: A Personal Perspective
Ramon C. Littell
Phenomenal growth in computational power from 1970 through 2010 enabled a parallel expansion in linear model methodology. From humble beginnings in agriculture, linear model applications are now essential in the sciences of genetics, education and biostatistics, to name a few. Indeed, the meaning of "linear models" has evolved accordingly. Developers at SAS have been in the forefront of invention and implementation of these methods at the core of statistical science. Pathways will be traced in steps of SAS procedures, beginning with GLM and REG, proceeding through VARCOMP, NLIN, MIXED and GENMOD, and arriving at NLMIXED and GLIMMIX. Along the way, some problems have disappeared, new ones have emerged, and others are still along for the ride.