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Robert Springborn has a special relationship with SAS.
Like many long-time SAS users, Robert’s livelihood depends upon his advanced skills with SAS technology, as well as his analytical expertise. He’s been using SAS for 35 years, which means when it comes to writing SAS programs, he’s comfortable with the “old school” approach. (His SAS-based dissertation data resides on a 2-foot diameter tape reel.) He regards SAS Display Manager (the windowing interface for Base SAS) as an old friend: not perfect, but a known quantity that has always been reliable.
In addition to his main job as a Research Scientist, Robert also tries to help new SAS users to become acquainted with SAS. Recognizing that SAS Enterprise Guide provides an easier introduction to the power of SAS for newcomers, Robert set out to learn enough about SAS Enterprise Guide to teach his colleagues how to become productive with it. He didn’t expect to like SAS Enterprise Guide, but he was surprised. When he introduces his colleagues to SAS using SAS Enterprise Guide, he shares this “coming of age” story:
SAS and I have been long time devoted friends. "She" has supported me financially for 35 years working at various federal and state agencies, private sector, and academic institutions. If it were possible I would have married her long ago. Given all of this I was very reluctant to try something new such as SAS Enterprise Guide as not to offend my “lady.” To my delight I have discovered that SAS Enterprise Guide is the "unexpected weekend retreats," the "unexpected gifts at unexpected times" the "jazz" or the "buzz" that keeps my relationship with my lady new and alive.
My talk to new users at work was designed to help staff become familiar with SAS Enterprise Guide. The objective was to give staff the tools they need to take SAS programs previously created in SAS Display Manager and continue to do their job duties by running these programs using SAS Enterprise Guide. Most of us are very busy and have job tasks that need to be done without spending several days trying to figure out SAS Enterprise Guide. The talk provided all the information you will need to run your SAS programs in SAS Enterprise Guide. The following is a short exerpt from my talk to staff.
Consider you and SAS Enterprise Guide are on a “first date.” Both of you are nervous and understandably you have questions about each other. Will SAS Enterprise Guide appear devoted to me today and then leave me tomorrow? Does SAS Enterprise Guide have any strange behaviors that I will not be able to deal with? Will SAS Enterprise Guide bring any friends or family to this new relationship that will be difficult to deal with? You and SAS Enterprise Guide have planned a simple afternoon of lunch and a movie. Hopefully you will have a great afternoon and enjoy each other’s company. Hopefully over time your relationship will grow and you will become best friends. At the end of the talk I provided resources which will counsel, nurture, and guide your new relationship.
The resources provided were references to material that further explain SAS Enterprise Guide collected from various SAS User Group conferences. Lest you think that Robert regards his SAS software with too much undue affection, you might be relieved to know that he actually enjoys a happy married life outside of his analytical work world. Robert married the love of his life named Barbara at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park June 8, 2009. Unfortunately SAS or SAS Enterprise Guide was not in attendance, but at the reception that followed the happy couple danced the DATA step in their honor.
--SASMickeyMouse 16:26, 21 September 2012 (EDT)
moved your publications page
Hi Robert, I just wanted to let you know that I moved your publications page from the generic-titled Publications to Publications:SASMickeyMouse Papers and Presentations. Cameron left a note about this in Talk:Publications:SASMickeyMouse Papers and Presentations almost a year ago. This is more consistent with other people's pages in Category:Papers and Presentations. - paulkaefer (talk) 14:48, 25 May 2016 (CDT)