Beyond the Basics papers should articulate advanced programming concepts and SAS functionality. Papers accepted to this section should address a broad spectrum of advanced SAS Foundation topics including ODS, Macro, and sophisticated, efficient PROC and DATA Step programming, SAS® Enterprise Guide®, RDBMS data and the reporting and analytics provided by the SAS Business Intelligence suite.
These papers will provide the knowledge needed to implement enhanced techniques and take advantage of the many possibilities afforded by SAS software.
Do you have an intriguing or innovative piece of SAS code to share? Have you written a creative solution to a problem that other SAS users could benefit from seeing in action? Is there a useful SAS option or technique that you find is underutilized? These are just the sort of ideas to be explored in Coders’ Corner. With 10-minute presentation time slots, this fast-paced, dynamic section is just the place to share a bit of your savvy. Whether you are a SAS veteran using this as an opportunity to share a smaller scale idea or a relative newcomer who has found a fresh perspective, you want to make a submission to Coders’ Corner. The full range of SAS applications and levels of experience can be explored here.
Papers in the Foundations and Fundamentals section are 50 minute tutorial style papers which focus on a topic or feature, stepping the audience through the techniques needed to understand the topic. Papers from both Base SAS and Enterprise Guide are welcomed.
Examples of topics include:
Exploiting features of the SAS System, such as functions and statements
Data step fundamentals, such as missover vs. truncover
Coding for efficiencies to improve processing performance
Tricks to using the SAS Enterprise Guide prompt system
Hands-On Workshops (HOW) is a unique section in which subject area experts walk through a presentation and a series of guided exercises to teach aspects of SAS products or concepts. If you are a good communicator with a knack for explaining concepts clearly and have the ability to develop exercises that drive home the learnings, we want you!
HOW sessions are seventy-five minutes long consisting of a combination of lecture and hands-on activities for attendees. The room will be equipped with PCs, each accommodating 2 participants.
HOW topics can include Base SAS procedures and concepts, ODS, Macro, Enterprise Guide, SAS Graphics or any of the BI platform capabilities. We are open to new suggestions and welcome your ideas and proposals for consideration.
As SAS professionals our primary concern tends to be the quality the programs we write and the results we provide. However, in order for us to do our job properly a lot of work has to be done behind the scenes – the planning and administration of the site. This section will bring this behind the scenes work to the foreground. Among the topics of interest are:
Recruiting and Hiring qualified staff
Training and skill development
SAS Server deployment planning and administration
If you have best practices on these or other planning and administration areas you want to share we have the forum available to you.
The Poster Section spans all topic areas. Posters should be self-explanatory. While there will be a one-hour time slot when the authors are available to discuss their posters with conference attendees, your poster will more often be viewed in your absence. Posters are on display throughout the entire conference, allowing people to review the ideas in a quiet, self-paced environment. The best posters use images, graphs, colors and tables to convey ideas and present methodologies in a creative and visually entertaining manner.
Over the years SAS® has made significant advances in the tools available for reporting and data visualization. Whether you use the latest SAS products such as BI or Enterprise Guide or use traditional products like Base SAS, SAS/GRAPH, and ODS, here's your opportunity to share with us how you've been able to visualize and present data in your applications and reports. Topics appropriate to this section include, but are not limited to:
Customized reports, graphics, and maps
Business intelligence dashboards/balanced scorecards
SAS to Excel and other Microsoft products
Customization of ODS output including ODS statistical graphics output
SAS Visual Data Discovery tools for visual analytics, visual querying and data filtering
SAS integration with Google Earth and GPS data
All papers MUST include a display of the system or results and should include some programming code and indicate SAS version required.
Here is your chance to share some interesting analyses, unusual statistical methodology, or new twists on old favorites! Section attendees have a range of statistical backgrounds and are from various industries, so basic to complex applications used in the academic or business world are welcome. Applications using SAS/Stat, SAS/ETS, SAS/OR, JMP, or SAS Enterprise Miner that facilitate the analysis of categorical, longitudinal, censored data or large genetic data arrays are a great fit for this section.