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WUSS Panel Discussions/Section Description 2014

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Analytics & Statistics

SAS defines analytics as “data-driven insight for better decisions.” Popular topics in this section include aspects of data modeling, and forecasting, as well as demonstrations of analytic procedures, such as analysis of variance, logistic regression, mixed models, factor analysis, and time series analyses. Presentations offered include practical applications and results of statistical methods used to analyze data from a variety of fields.

Application Development

This content area features topics that focus on the design, development and implementation of SAS products that are jointly integrated. These solutions may feature extensive use of metadata, web-enabled applications and/or applications that integrate SAS software products. These presentations may describe an entire application or simply practical techniques used to create an application.

Big Data

This content area focuses on techniques and considerations for working with large SAS data sets where the efficiency of your programs really matter. Other topics include big data analytics for simpler and faster processing of only relevant data.

Data Presentation and Reporting

This content area focuses on the use of SAS products to convey information through various media. Topics range from graphics, data visualization, publishing and reporting. Topics include the use of SAS tools such as SAS/GRAPH, ODS, GTL, and ODS Statistical Graphs, styles and templates as well as a variety of techniques to produce results in Microsoft Excel and other MS Office applications.

Data Management

This content area focuses on the design, creation, management, optimization and documentation of databases and warehouses. Popular topics include efficient transformation and handling of data, working with metadata and large data sets, administration of databases and SAS servers, utilizing grid computing, as well as creating strategies for accessible data-driven information.

Professional Development

This content area highlights the skills and strategies needed to stay at the top of your game as a SAS professional. Presentations focus on a variety of topics including, managing projects and programmers, recruiting and retention, temporary workforce challenges, interpersonal interactions, tips for new managers, effective training methods and programs for keeping your skills up to date, exploring the latest trends for SAS skills, and developing a programming style.