20
Jul

Discounted Certification Exams at SAS Analytics Experience 2017

SAS is hosting the premier analytics conference in the world September 18-20 in Washington DC, and supplementing the event with discounted training and certification exams at SAS Analytics Experience 2017. These offerings will be held before and after the event. As at other SAS events, we will be offering certification exams at [...]

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9
Sep

Analytics in the Cloud gets a whole lot easier with SAS Analytics for Containers

If you’re doing data processing in the cloud or using container-enabled infrastructures to deploy your software, you’ll want to learn more about SAS Analytics for Containers. This new solution puts SAS into your existing container-enabled environment – think Docker or Kubernetes – giving data scientists and analysts the ability to perform sophisticated analyses using SAS, and all from the cloud.

The product’s coming out party is the Analytics Experience 2016 conference, September 12-14, 2016 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In advance of that event, I sat down with Product Manager Donna DeCapite to learn a little more about SAS Analytics for Containers and find out why it’s such a big deal for organizations who use containers for their applications.

Larry LaRusso: Before we get into details around the solution, and with apologies for my ignorance, let me start out with a really basic question. What are containers?

Donna DeCapite: Cloud containers are all the rage in the IT world. They’re an alternative to virtual machines.  They allow applications and any of its dependencies to be deployed and run in isolated space. Organizations will build and deploy in the container environment because it allows you to build only the necessary system libraries and functions to run a given piece of software. IT prefer it because it’s easy to replicate, and it’s faster and easier to deploy.

LL: And SAS Analytics for Containers will allow organizations to run SAS’ analytics in this environment, the containers?

DD: In short, yes. SAS Analytics for Containers provides a powerful set of data access, analysis and graphical tools to organizations within a container-based infrastructure like Docker. This takes advantage of the build once, run anywhere flexibility of the container environment, making it easier and faster to use SAS Analytics in the cloud.

LL: Who, within an organization, will be the primary users?

DC: Really anyone working with containers in the cloud or anyone working with DevOps. Data scientists will embrace SAS Analytics for Containers because it allows them to access data from nearly any source and easily perform sophisticated analyses using SAS Studio, our browser-based interface, or Jupyter Notebook, an open source notebook-style interface. For SAS developers, the product allows them to quickly provision IT resource to sandbox development ideas. And as I mentioned earlier, IT will appreciate the ease with which applications can be deployed, distributed and managed.

LL: You mentioned data scientists, so now I’m curious; we’re talking complex analyses here, yes?

DC: Definitely. Regressions, decision trees, Bayesian analysis, spatial point pattern analysis, missing data analysis, and many additional statistical analysis techniques can be performed with SAS Analytics for Containers. And in addition to sophisticated statistical and predictive analytics, there are a ton of prebuilt SAS procedures included to handle common tasks like data manipulation, information storage, and report writing, all available via SAS Studio and its assistive nature.

LL: What about organizations that have massive amounts of data? Can they use SAS Analytics for Containers as well?

DC: Yes, SAS Analytics for Containers allows you to take advantage of the processing power of your Hadoop Cluster by leveraging the SAS Accelerators for Hadoop like Code and Scoring Accelerator.

LL: Thank you so much for your time Donna. I know you’ve educated me quite a deal! How about more information. Where can individuals learn more about SAS Analytics for Containers?

DC: If you’re going to Analytics Experience 2016, consider coming to Michael Ames’ table talk, Cloud Computing: How Does It Work? It’s scheduled for Monday, September 12 from 4:30-5:00pm Vegas time. If you’re not going to the event, the SAS website is the best place for more information. Probably the best place to start is the SAS Analytics for Containers home page.

tags: analytics conference, analytics experience, cloud computing, SAS Analytics for Containers, sas studio

Analytics in the Cloud gets a whole lot easier with SAS Analytics for Containers was published on SAS Users.

6
Sep

The Analytics Experience – virtually anywhere

Analytics experts and decision makers are taking over Las Vegas Sept. 12-14 while attending Analytics Experience. Whether you are in Vegas or need to participate from the luxury of your sofa or office, read on for help to stay connected and be a part of it all. Watch Live There […]

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26
Aug

Trends in analytics with Zencos

Leading up to the Analytics Experience conference, we're going to explore the big trends, hot topics and what's ahead in the industry with some of the companies leading the way. I had the chance to interview David Septoff, CEO of Zencos to get his take on what you need to know about […]

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23
Aug

Now is the time to get SAS certified

Yes, I read the baby books.  I visited the websites.  I swaddled a football.  I was prepared. When my daughter came into the world last year there was a small comfort that I had done about all I could do to prepare for her arrival.  I say a small comfort […]

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19
Aug

Free POC, on the latest SAS technology, in your own office

Ever wanted to test out the latest SAS® technology on your own data, but lacked the time or administrative backing of IT to make that happen?  Ever wanted to test drive Hadoop with your own data and SAS® but are lacking the support or skills to do that?  If I piqued […]

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2
Aug

Analytical problem solving with Carlos

Carlos Pinheiro is talented. One afternoon Carlos stood in front of a group of marketers including myself, and shared social network analysis using our data.  Yes, the analysis took talent, but the real brilliance was that Carlos presented the information in a way where we all left the meeting with […]

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27
Jul

Will your favorite Game of Thrones character survive next season?

Bellagio Hotel for Analytics ExperienceFirst it was the patriarch of my favorite family. That shocking Red Wedding scene meant I could cross off several more characters I’d grown to love. When the season finale of Season 5 left me asking if we’d lost yet another one of my favorites, I wasn’t sure how much more I could take. Of course, I’m talking about the often surprising deaths of some of our favorite characters in HBO’s wildly popular series Game of Thrones. If you’re a fan of the show you know that no one, regardless of how important they are to the storyline, is safe from an untimely demise.

Though I’ve grown somewhat accustomed to saying goodbye, it sure would be nice to know the likelihood a particular character will live or die, just so I can prepare for the heartache in advance if need be. Thankfully, Taylor Larkin, a student at the University of Alabama, thinks survival data mining can help. He plans to show us how in an e-poster he'll present at this year’s Analytics Experience conference, September 12 – 14, at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Using plot points from the books the TV series is based on, along with survival data mining using the Survival node in SAS® Enterprise Miner™ 13.1, Larkin has created an analysis that estimates the probabilities popular Game of Thrones characters will survive through time. His research was inspired by the analysis and datasets created by Olin College Computer Science Professor Allen Downey and some of his students, who used Bayesian survival analysis to do something similar.

Analytics Experience conference presentations

Larkin’s sure-to-be-awesome presentation is one I’m really looking forward to seeing, but it’s also just one of more than 100 talks planned for the event. The Analytics Experience conference provides attendees an in-depth look at some of the latest research, top trends and new techniques being used in the field of analytics. This is the nineteenth consecutive year that SAS has hosted the event.

This year’s conference offers six keynote addresses and dozens of session talks. Some of the topics presenters will cover include customer intelligence, business intelligence, data management, Hadoop, fraud, cybersecurity, risk analytics, and the Internet of Things. E-Poster presentations, demos, training classes and table talks provide even more insight and allow attendees to explore other creative ways to use analytics.

A number of the talks will come from university students – I always find them to be a great addition to the conference’s content. Besides Larkin’s talk, student presenters will show you how to use analytics to do things like detect sarcasm on social media, build a restaurant recommender engine or defend Steph Curry, something the rest of the NBA couldn’t seem to do last season.

Though talks are still being added every day, a large portion of conference presentations are now available.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jared Cohen, President of Jigsaw and Chief Advisor to the Executive Chairman of Alphabet.
  • Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS.
  • Amber MacArthur, President of Konnekt.
  • Jeremiah Owyang, Founder of Crowd Companies.
  • Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director of DataKind.
  • R. Ray Wang, Principal Analyst, Founder and Chairman of Constellation Research.

If you’re in the field of analytics, there isn’t a better conference to help advance your knowledge. It’s an event I look forward to every year and I hope to see you there.

For more information, visit the website or join the community dedicated to the event. You can also view a number of videos from last year’s event on YouTube.

P.S. If you do make it to Vegas in September, let’s plan to meet at Larkin’s e-poster. We’ll find out together how likely Tyrion is to make it safely through Season 6!

tags: analytics, analytics conference, analytics experience, Game of Thrones

Will your favorite Game of Thrones character survive next season? was published on SAS Users.

25
Jul

Everything you need to know about the new Analytics Experience event

SAS is kicking off a new event Sept. 12-14 in Las Vegas called the Analytics Experience. It’s actually not completely new. In the past, we’ve held our annual Analytics and Premier Business Leadership Series conferences in the fall. But as the industry landscape continues to change – SAS continues to […]

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13
Jun

Analytics Experience – Maximize your conference trip

When I travel for work, I want to get the most out of my trip. So while I was in Las Vegas in April for SAS Global Forum, I used my free time to check out what’s in store for the Analytics Experience at the Bellagio, Sept. 12-14. Take a […]

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