Michael, we hear so much about the impending talent shortage in analytics. Have you seen this manifest itself specifically in SAS programming? If so, does that change the perception of and challenge of becoming a top SAS programmer?
I would not thrive in a heads-down environment, myself:-)!
I think individuals in such an environment will have to decide for themselves whether it is "dangerous" to stick out or not. And, they will make the right decision based on whether they need that job or not.
In the book, I both suggest getting a mentor (for newer SAS professionals) and becoming a mentor (for experienced SAS professionals).
Mentoring other people is a great way to strenthen not only your organization, but your position in it.
What works is for one to actively approach other programmers and chat them up; asking if they need help with an idea or approach to a programming problem. Not doing their work for them; helping them get the ideas or techniques straight. Do that enough and people know you are the go-to SAS professional in your organization.
@michaelraithel -- for career advancement purposes, I have to wonder if the effort to become THE SAS expert at such a heads-down environment is worth it. Maybe it would be better to seek programming work elsewhere!
Ah, ok -- what about mentorship. I love that idea, and would think it'd be particularly beneficial at larger organizations with lots of programmers. What have you seen that works well in terms of successful mentoring?
Michael - there are some workplaces where employees are encouraged to communicate their 'wins' and share kudos for deserving colleagues, all of which help build up the 'top SAS' persona. But what about places where everyone keeps their heads down and communication is very scarce?
Yes, I need to know more form pros in the filed -- WESTAT has STAT in its name ; know of them in DC area. Had some SAS programming in main-frame, while in DC at PRC - for a Govt Contract. Not much of SAS rather had PC SYSTAT in a single lone Stastisitican in a very large insurance company for over several yrs Could nor afford / convince the group Mgmt for a SAS On th Main-frame license. Those were still PC based analytics -- Dr. Leland Wilkins PC SYSTAT -- wonderful for a long time SAS needs to have a more moderate pricing. Their taking out SAS Learning Edition and replaced with ON-Demand.
Yes it will - I've already evaluated base products from several vendors; they're going to get us started w/a base product that we'll then expand on. The eco-system is just toooooo cool - very powerful/flexable, reliable, etc.
all this GUI work *WILL* eventually replace 'hard core programming' - this has been happening slowly but surely. If you don't beleive me go program something in assembly, then in Fortran, then in Java, etc. (finally in PHP!) :)
What do you consider our organization, Beth? I think there's an element of culture that has to be put into play, as as well, but I was getting calls from around the country within a month of becoming 'the guy' on a particular aspect of our jobs.