SAS Global Forum: Data Analytics Event Heads to Orlando

(Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

(Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

All Analytics will be headed down to Orlando, Florida, as the SAS Global Forum returns to Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort there from Sunday, April 2 to Wednesday, April 5. I'll be at the forum, along with thousands of analytics professionals who flock to this event each year.  

Attendees of SAS Global Forum, run by the sponsor of the All Analytics site, can expect several days packed with educational sessions, news about the SAS platform and tools, networking opportunities with fellow analytics practitioners, information about how peers have applied analytics for specific use cases, and more.

The event kicks off on Sunday with educational sessions and tutorials during the day and then an opening keynote address at 7 pm titled, "Technology: Transforming Business, Shaping Our Future." This session promises a futuristic look at technology trends that will change the world, according to SAS.

The general sessions resume on Monday morning as Oliver Schabenberger, SAS Executive VP and CTO is your guide for a face-to-face look at new technology and the people who create it. This session promises guest speakers, too, who will contribute to Schabenberger's message about how innovation in analytics affects programmers, business users, and executives today.

Tuesday's SAS general session features author and SAS VP of Best Practices Jill Dyche who will be joined by Anthony Perez, EVP of Strategy for the Orlando Magic. Perez and Dyche will discuss the Magic's analytics journey, with details on how the team is deploying marketing automation, beacon technologies with a mobile app, and making use of customer feedback for help with optimization of capacity and inventory levels.

Both Monday and Tuesday will feature the LEGOLAND Charity Event: Building Bring Futures. SAS encourages attendees to stop by during breakfast or lunch to help build a structure to help Orlando-area students.

SAS is also offering an exceptional lineup of external keynote speakers as well, including presentations from Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, artist and inventor Neil Harbisson who has had an antenna implanted in his head that allows him to hear the color spectrum, and Jess Ekstrom, a young entrepreneur whose business benefits kids with cancer.

Ekstrom will deliver the Academic Summit Keynote. She is the founder and CEO of Headbands for Hope, a company she started when she was a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. Her company has donated over 100,000 headbands to children's hospitals in the US and in six countries abroad.

Break-out sessions will include hands-on workshops, plus instructions on how to get the most out of SAS platforms and their many features. Expect dives into topics including machine learning, IoT analytics, working with Hadoop, and other hot analytics topics. Several vertical industry use cases will be presented, too from medical to financial to sports.

SAS has also provided a place where you can look at all the proceedings, and even download many PDFs of papers presented at the event by SAS platform users who are solving real problems.

All Analytics will be on the ground in Orlando, and posting coverage over the course of the week. Be sure to check back here at the All Analytics web site, on our twitter handle at @AllAnalytics, and at my personal twitter handle @jessicadavis for coverage during the event.

Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, Informationweek

Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, predictive analytics, and big data for smarter business and a better world. In her spare time she enjoys playing Minecraft and other video games with her sons. She's also a student and performer of improvisational comedy. Follow her on Twitter: @jessicadavis.

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Re: Great Conference
  • 4/11/2017 8:30:56 AM

From basketball to astronauts, sounds like the attendees should have had a great experience in Orlando with SAS. Probably one of the greater places to hold such a conference in the Central Florida area.

  • 4/5/2017 4:04:24 PM

Florida + Legos = duly envious.  Looking reading the coverage!

(Yeah, yeah, I know that the purists prefer the term "LEGO bricks."  Whatever.)

Re: Great Conference
  • 4/3/2017 5:45:27 PM

@tomsg Now that sounds like fun!

Re: Great Conference
  • 3/31/2017 5:35:06 PM

You can also use your analytic skills to evaluate reviews of restaurants to find the best ones.

Great Conference
  • 3/31/2017 5:20:16 PM

It sounds like a great conference can't wait to hear the updates on the sessions! Have fun.