Is SAS still relevant?

I’m increasingly being asked the same question in a number of different ways. Essentially the question boils down to this; Given that open-source analytics, and Apache Spark in particular have become such a force to be reckoned with, does SAS still have any...

The summer of Spark 2.0

Summer is almost upon us, the birds are chirping the frogs are croaking, and the smell of 2.0 is in the air. The great team of Spark developers have turned a corner and are busy fixing and polishing 2.0 for release, likely coming in 6-8 weeks from now. I’m so...

Sparking a language debate

The revolution of Spark is igniting an vigorous debate within the data operations, data science and analytic professionals community. Spark supports of 4 different programming languages (not including SQL), making choosing a programming language difficult. Although...