Applications Development papers should focus on the use of SAS software
in the development of strategic applications. Presentations in this section
cover the application's code and development process development
techniques and tools used in the design, development, implementation and
integration of enterprise solutions running in single or multi-platform
environments. They can also include any "lessons learned" or "suggestions
for future development" that flow from the process and may benefit
other developers. Applications may include Web-enabled, object-oriented,
modular, multi-platform, multi-processor or those that integrate SAS
software with other software products.
Do you have:
If so, wouldn't you like to share this information with your fellow
- A great tidbit of code that you almost always include in your programs?
- A slick technique or trick that helps you on a regular basis?
- A practical piece of advice that you think everyone should know and
Coders' Corner is the place to share your knowledge and helpful hints.
It really is the usefulness of your information, rather than the length of
presentation, that counts in this section. Most presentations are limited to
the traditional 10 minutes, while selected presentations will have 20
minutes.Whether you have presented at SUGI for years, or are ready to
share your expertise for the first time, Coders' Corner may be the output
venue for your input. Papers featuring Base SAS through one of the really
specialized SAS products are welcome.
Data Mining and Predictive Modeling
Data Mining is a broad term that encompasses many techniques for
analysis and modeling of large data sets. In this section, we are looking
for case studies that highlight how data mining is being used to help
companies achieve their goals and improve the bottom line. This ranges
from marketing applications such as profiling, response modeling or churn
analysis to production applications like inventory optimization or
call-center queuing.We welcome applications from a variety of industries
such as financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy, retail,
government, etc. We are especially interested in applications using
Enterprise Miner and SAS/INSIGHT.
In addition, this section will explore methods for interpreting data using
predictive and descriptive modeling, all facets of data mining, online
analytical processing, and both new and novel approaches that can
be used to drive decision making.
In today's Information Age, how do you convert data into information and
make it available to those that need to know? Data Presentation would
like to have papers that focus on innovative uses of SAS data visualization
and reporting tools to display and deliver information.
Data display topics of interest include output customization using the
Output Delivery System (ODS), report generation using the TABULATE
and REPORT procedures, and display generation using such tools as
SAS/GRAPH, SAS/INSIGHT, SAS/GIS, SAS/SPECTRAVIEW and the
statistical graphics in SAS/STAT.
Data delivery topics of interest include applications that generate reports
or graphical displays, novel uses of SAS Enterprise Guide,Web and e-mail
report delivery systems, and techniques for integrating SAS reports and
displays with standard office formats such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Data Warehousing, Management and Quality
Organizations rely on accurate and relevant information to operate
efficiently and effectively. Data warehousing has become an important
data management method for making an ever-increasing amount of data
available for reporting and analysis. However, data warehousing is more
than just data storage. Data warehousing is a process of extracting raw
data from various sources, transforming this data into consistent,
high-quality business data, and loading the data into a data warehouse
so it may be used in making strategic business decisions.
However, data warehousing alone will not guarantee error-free data.
Erroneous data produces inaccurate reports and analysis results.This can
be disastrous to an organization's bottom line. Data quality monitoring and
data cleansing are an important part of the overall warehousing effort. SAS
offers a fully integrated solution that merges data warehousing and data
quality, resulting in a user benefit called ETLQ (Exponentially enhance the
power of ETL with data quality). ETLQ adds value to the data by providing
structured, consistent and well-documented data management procedures,
which can increase the quality of data used for reporting and analysis.
Proper data warehousing and management can add true value to data and
provide a foundation for effective decision making. The Data Warehousing
and Management section is interested in papers that cover more than just
how your data is housed, but also how your data is managed. This section
is interested in papers covering any and all aspects of the data warehousing
and management process including data extraction, transformation,
cleansing and loading.
Focus Sessions (Invited Only)
Robert C. Fecht
This year, we are planning Focus Sessions in the following four areas:
Each half-day Focus Session centers around a key business area within one
of the links in the SAS Intelligence Value Chain. Each will feature a keynote
presentation by a recognized thought leader and supporting presentations
by SAS and client organizations.
- Project Management
- Data Warehousing
- Business Intelligence
- Pharmaceutical Industry
If you or your team played a decisive role in a success story that falls into
one of these areas, we would appreciate hearing from you. We are looking
for 50-minute invited presentations highlighting topics in the focus areas
that would be of interest to both technical and business managers. Please
submit an abstract if you are interested in showcasing your company's
The popular Hands-on Workshops feature SAS experts teaching
workshop-style tutorials.The workshops are led by experienced
members of the SAS user community and SAS Institute. The topics
run the gamut from "getting started" to advanced and specialized.As a
workshop participant, you have the opportunity to learn by using the
software. Facilitators are present to assist participants with the
computer exercises. Each workshop is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Experienced workshop presenters are being sought. If you have a
suggestion for a topic and/or presenter, please contact the Hands-on
Workshops section co-chairs. The co-chairs would also like to hear
from you if you would like to be a workshop facilitator.
Planning, Development and Support
Papers in this section cover two broad areas that are not typically
covered in other sections the many skills needed to be effective
professionals as well as methods to support SAS users. Papers focus on
developing and evaluating the skills in others or attaining skills for one's
own use. Papers describe real-world approaches and solutions. Some of
the many topics that would be appropriate for this section include:
- Managing people and/or projects.
- Effective training methods.
- Methods for providing technical support, and how to best utilize SAS
Institute Technical Support.
- Certification issues.
- How to work effectively with co-workers and/or external clients.
- How to get the most out of SUGI, regional, local and in-house
The Posters section invites papers about any and all uses of SAS
software. It is different from other sections at SUGI, since the oral
presentation of a SAS software topic is replaced by a standalone visual
display.The Posters section is ideal for presentations that include
graphics, source code, statistical concepts or thought-provoking concepts
that invite conference participants to review at their own pace. Posters
are on display throughout the conference to attendees ranging from the
curious onlooker to the seasoned SAS professional, all of whom will have
the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the authors during a special
"meet and greet" session. Presenters are welcome to enhance their poster
display with computer demonstrations of applications, interactive displays
and multimedia such as video, with the understanding that the equipment
and its security are the responsibility of the presenter.
The Solutions section presentations will focus on completed (or nearly
completed) end-to-end, strategic solutions with a significant use of SAS
software or SAS solutions. Included in each presentation are:
We are looking for case studies in areas such as fraud detection, risk
assessment and management, demand forecasting, supply chain
management, human capital management, financial management, business
intelligence, and other areas where SAS solutions have been used.
- Issues leading up to the need for a solution.
- Framework for the successful implementation.
- ROI/competitive advantage realized via the solution.
The presenters and targeted audience for this section are both technical
staff and executives. Based on the experiences of the presenters, the
attendees should expect to learn useful information that will assist
their organizations in implementing their solutions successfully.
Statistics and Data Analysis
The Statistics and Data Analysis section has been a conference
cornerstone since the first SUGI.Whether you are a statistician, a
die-hard number cruncher, a curious beginner, or any permutation of
these, this section offers a wealth of knowledge across industries on
the best practices in statistical and computational analysis. For SUGI 30,
we are recruiting papers that are applicable to one of the following areas
of statistical methodology: categorical data analysis, repeated measures
models, bioinformatics, experimental design, and computational methods.
Of particular interest are papers that demonstrate developments in
SAS software, use recent statistical literature, present interesting
statistical applications or describe a case study of a statistical analysis
in your industry. Focused tutorials on how to use statistical SAS
procedures are also of interest.
The SAS Intelligence Architecture provides a flexible software foundation
for delivering needed information and business intelligence as introduced
at SUGI 28. The Systems Architecture section takes a deeper look into
the SAS Intelligence Architecture by examining the interactions of SAS
Software with the host computer and data storage systems, relational
databases, and 3rd party tools that contribute to the success of the SAS
Intelligence Value Chain. We're interested in knowing about the best
practices that your enterprise has implemented to Plan your SAS solutions.
How have you combined SAS with other computer resources to achieve
high-performance ETLQ? Have you used SAS to implement Intelligent
Storage? Tell us about it. What are the non-SAS components of your
solutions? Our emphasis on real-world implementation of the SAS
Intelligence Architecture combined with papers describing experiences
in implementing, managing and performance tuning SAS 9 will make this
a great section with lots of valuable information being shared.
Tutorials (Invited Only)
The Tutorials section offers opportunities for SAS users to learn about a
wide range of topics, covering various products within the SAS System.
The goal of the Tutorials section is to provide users with presentations
in a "how-to", step-by-step approach.
All presentations are denoted as Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced,
to assist the attendee in gauging whether a given paper would be
appropriate for someone with their level of SAS experience. In addition,
Tutorials will host the "Introduction to SAS" track, where novice SAS
users can attend a day-long series of sequential presentations that will
guide them through the basics of Base SAS programming.
Tutorial presentations are given by experienced SAS users, who are
accepted by invitation only. If you have suggestions for suitable topics
and appropriate presenters, the Tutorials section chairs welcome