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Starting the TALK page for improving the Article. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 21:03, 19 October 2014 (CDT)

Annual SESUG conference, 2014, Myrtle Beach

We had a great opening session tonight for the 2014 annual Southeast regional, SESUG, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Chairs Abbas Tavakoli and Darryl Putnam were great and the keynote speaker, Chuck Kincaid, was fantastic.

We are off to a great start, thanks to: Executive Council, Section Chairs, Volunteers, including session coordinators, speakers, HOW presenters, and preconference trainers, “It is worth it!” The papers have been loaded to the SESUG website for ten tracks: (see the website for the section titles from Application Development to Posters to Statistics and Data Analysis.)

SESUG is doing social media, including LinkedIn; We have a charity drive going; 17 student stood to be recognized; invited professors and young professionals were also recognized. Nancy Moser was introduced and spoke for SAS and had the SAS personnel stand and be recognized—many great presentations tomorrow and the next day.

It would be nice to get a copy of the talk Chuck Kincaid gave—good will, inspiration, knowledge and insights were provided for the importance of people in our efforts and good results using SAS software. There is a great need for good programmers and data scientists. Great pictures and quote were included, such as, “We have a wake-up call from the silence of complacency” and “With power, comes responsibility.”

Before going to the refreshments and visiting, our leaders gave thanks for family support.

Your added comments will be welcomed. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 21:06, 19 October 2014 (CDT)

I'm putting this same write-up to the SESUG discussion group on LinkedIn. Join in! Charlie Shipp (talk) 01:02, 20 October 2014 (CDT)

The closing session was great! It was during a buffet lunch on the last day. Additional presentations followed in the afternoon. Abbas Tavakoli and Darryl Putnam have done a great job for 2014. The 2015 annual SESUG conference will be September 27-29 in Savannah Georgia with William ‘Bill’ Benjamin and Venita DePuy serving as cochairs: Bill is academic chair and Venita is operations chair. They came to the stage dressed as superheroes, a knight dressed with costume and sword, and Venita as one of Charlie’s Angels. Take a look at the great SESUG leaders, past, present, and future: -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 17:05, 24 October 2014 (CDT)

Join in the SESUG LinkedIn discussion/TALK at*2_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1%2Egmr_3685330 -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 23:25, 25 October 2014 (CDT)

SESUG regional, Savannah, Georgia, Sept 27-29, 2015

General notes on the SESUG 2015 annual regional meeting in Savannah Georgia, Oct. 27-29.

What a great time we had in this historic Southern city. We truly experience Southern Hospitality in a grand 10-star hotel. And in the larger presentation rooms we often saw large (very, very large) cargo ships going to sea (Atlantic ocean). The conference food was excellent and presentations did not disappoint.

If you attended, feel free to edit this article. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 22:54, 4 October 2015 (CDT)

Presentations were great—there were too many great presenters to mention without leaving out some of the best, including the talk and panel discussion on the SAS University Edition and a dozen Super Demos by SAS Institute, such as SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Studio presented by Tim Beese. Soon, you will be able to review them all via and the SESUG website. Expect to receive some papers, uploaded by the wisest of authors.

The Opening Session was Sunday evening, followed by the first keynote wherein Ron Cody spoke greatly about SAS University Edition. Bill Benjamin and Venita DePuy explained the mixers, breakfasts, luncheons, charity drive, resource/demo room, student/professor/professional scholarship recipients, section chairs, and much more.

Nancy Moser (SAS Institute) organized the Resource Center, the Super Demos, and many other things to do with all the Regionals. The vendors were great and shown on the SESUG website. ePosters, the Code Doctor Desk, and refreshments were in or near the Resource Center. Books were also on display, including “An Introduction to SAS University Edition”. We were able to talk to main project leaders from SAS Institute.

Education and the SAS University Edition ("free software") A panel discussion on SAS University Edition (and SAS in Education) was very important and focused on future use of SAS University Edition in schools (universities and high schools), large and small companies, agencies, and in your home for personal research and learning. Everyone benefits. If you were on the panel or in the audience, add comments here. Also, if you have questions, answers, and discussion, contribute in the section below.

Reflections on the Kirk Paul Lafler keynote address:

“Left-brain, Right-Brain, Become SAS-Smart”

Kirk began by showing the agenda for the 30-minute keynote address:

  • Left-brain, Right-brain Quiz
  • Google Search Techniques
  • SAS Content is Everywhere
  • The Worldwide Classroom

Left-brain, Right-brain Quiz

An entertaining quick-quiz enlightened and entertained SESUG attendees:

1. Are you detail or big picture oriented?

2. Do you like to play it safe or take risks?

3. Do you prefer science and math, or art and music?

4. When meeting someone new, are you more likely to remember their name or face?

5. Do you prefer words and language, or symbols and images?

[ED: Send Kirk Paul Lafler an eMail for answers: ]
Generally speaking, Right-brain is artistic and Left-brain is mathematical.

Now Try This . . . While you’re sitting on your chair, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. While continuing to make clockwise circles with your right foot, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand. What happened?

Google Search Techniques

The next part of the keynote contained many amazing facts and techniques, very helpful:

  • For many SAS users, the process of conducting success becomes essential.
  • Facts: Brin & Page. 50million pages in the first year. Now takes less than 1 minute.
  • 60-plus trillion pages; 50,000 search queries every second 4.5 billion/da and 1.6trillion/yr.
  • Several interesting and valuable techniques were shown, including reducing results:
  • Search for the past year;
  • Search with the INTITLE operator;
  • Search with the FILETYPE=doc operator;
  • Search with the FILETYPE=ppt operator;
  • Search with the LIKE operator;
  • Search by adding keywords and other operator;

Kirk showed how to iteratively search for desired SAS 9.4 documentation.
He also talked about new Google-search features, like ‘auto-complete’.

SAS Content is Everywhere

Avail yourself of the rich content, and then consider contributing:

  • has a wealth of information
  • Also has the built in search-box, and hyperlinks on the left, newly updated.
  • Published white-papers, all in PDF. Check Regionals. SESUG in 2wks.
  • Great content here also. Look at all the proceedings.
  • Other websites: listing some in alphabetical order. www.ATS.UCLA.
  • [sixty websites with SAS content were shown on the screen.]
  • just showing a few of them.
  • (SAS-L) Early 1990s and the beginning of the Internet. U GA.

The Worldwide Classroom

Why limit college education to within brick walls? Do a Google-search:

  • [SAS MOOCs] … Google-search Results: yields 140,000 hits.
  • Massive Online Open Courses (or Content) Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and many others.
  • 15million learners, 130 partners.
  • All self-paced, full-courses.
  • SAS Video Tutorials. 44,000 Check out analytics
  • SAS YouTube Channel
  • In 2006, SAS and North Carolina State University launched the first analytics master’s degree

Kirk showed the homepage of these sites, very well done and very interesting.


There is an abundance of rich content to enable you to be SAS Smart! Kirk reviewed opportunities.

  • Left- Right-Brain
  • Google Search Techniques
  • SAS Content is Everywhere
  • The Worldwide Classroom

Kirk concluded by reviewing the information presented.

You could get a degree and advanced degree from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, …

Kirk works from home. You can too! He raffled two books: Google Search Complete!

The SAS University Edition, (panel discussion at SESUG 2015)

We held a popular panel discussion, "Education and the SAS University Edition" that discussed SAS software in colleges, universities, high schools, user groups, corporations, and government agencies. Since others presented the features of SAS University Edition, we discussed present and future use of SAS University Edition.

If you were on the panel, in the audience, or have questions/answers/discussion, please contribute here.

begin(--Ronald_J._Fehd macro.maven == the radical programmer (talk) 20:51, 11 October 2015 (CDT))

I am having fun playing with Setting_Up_SAS_Studio.

Here are several items of historical interest for this discussion.

What I realized during the discussion is that in the past 15 years we have moved from users being expected to pay for the software to realize their education with SAS software, to an expectation that everyone can afford a computer and free software training is part of marketing the software, i.e. that once a company leases the software, there will be an eager group of candidates who have learned the software on their own, and possibly taken the certification exam, again at their own expense.

end(R.J. Fehd 2015-10-11)

I believe the SAS University Edition will provide a way for people to learn SAS with some training available. However, self learning can only provide a certain level of competence. You truly become a stronger analyst when working with real data and within the context of a business situation. Those skills along with curiosity and creativity need to be combined. The interface of SAS University Edition does not have the EG style that I have seen, so it will be limiting for some.