Thoughts on SAS Global Forum (SGF) 2017

The theme for SAS Global Forum 2017 was Data Knows No Boundaries, and this is so true, that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith ride, that I am pictured in above goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds! No limits!

What particularly moved me about this conference was the GatherIQ initiative. We learned how each one of us can help either by using our analytical skills or just networking skills when crises happens by just interacting with the GatherIQ app or sharing the details of the crisis. It was a fundamental reminder that the world is bigger than us, and we can do so much good in the world, and support others. It’s quite similar to the DataKind project.

At the conference I gave two 45 minutes hands-on workshops on Graph Template Language (GTL). Part A was an introduction to GTL and Part B showed more of the advanced functions of GTL. Sanjay Matange’s presentation on Decorative Infographs using SAS was really impressive. He shows how you can use the SYMBOLIMAGE statement to produce interesting graphics.

Of course, the reason why everybody comes to the SGF is for the kickback party 😉 This year’s kickback party was the best ever! We obtained entry to Disney World Hollywood Studios and so for 3 hours we were able to exclusively go on the rides, get free photos on the rides, meet disney characters, and get free Mickey Mouse ice cream lol. Also food and drinks were included. And the party was phenomenal. The DJ was so entertaining, and everyone was dancing! This was the best ever! Well done to everyone who organised this!! 🙂  I’m looking forward to the SGF in Colorado next year!