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The 50% Upfront Scam

We’re increasingly hearing from customers about a common scheme being perpetrated by some of the largest SI’s and IT service vendors on the planet. In the sketchy world of IT body shops, it is common practice to ask for 50% upfront and 50% upon completion of a...

The Tradeoff Between Being Simple and Being Right

At WiseWithData, our engineers have developed the most sophisticated automation on the planet to transpile code from one language to another. Weighing in at over 500,000 lines, SPROCKET is simultaneously a marvel of simplicity, elegance and complexity. Complexity,...

Top 10 Ways To Spot A Modernization Imposter

My son loves Among Us, the wildly successful computer game released in 2018 by Innersloth, a team of only 3 developers at the time. Personally, I love the story of Innersloth and Among Us, as it shows how a small but passionate team of people can change the world. My...

The SAS Migration Torture Test

In the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing world, a “torture test” is often used to test the limits and capabilities of a 3D printer. There are many different designs out there, but they all aim to capture just how capable is the automated machine. For filament...

What does a 100x improvement really look like?

I’m often called upon to provide guidance on why adopting modern analytics is so important. In 2022, all the best features and functionality are in the open source world, especially the market leading Databricks and the PySpark language. Those capabilities are...

My Tumultuous, Sometimes Frustrating Yet Thrilling Journey from SAS to Python and PySpark

Mental Illness and Obsolete Skills October 2019 was the beginning of a very difficult and dark period for me. In truth, the decline began like a slow-motion train wreck during Christmas of 2018, but the main crisis point and collapse was triggered in October 2019. In...

Planning a Prison Break – Breaking Free of Vendor Lock-in

It seems like everything these days is only for rent. The way we consume movies, music, books, computing, even the features in our cars, have all moved to be subscription model services, not products you buy and own. Pay once, own forever has increasingly become pay...

Foolishly Automating Or Automating Fools

What an absurd title! A strange twist on the “working hard or hardly working” cliché, but read on and I promise it will all make sense. Here's a tale of a court jester and his great invention. Long ago in a vast and complex kingdom, there lived a great king. The king...

Why R is not ouR target – problems with the open source SAS competitor

Back in 2015, when we set out to build SPROCKET, the World's only SAS modernization solution, one key design question plagued our thoughts. Scalable, simple, fast and open-source, it was obvious from the early days of Apache Spark that it was analytics platform of the...

Why the RIPL API has been 12 years in the making

Not to date myself, but I’ve been using SAS for over 25 years. I’ve worked at banks like Capital One and Citibank, Telecom companies like Verizon and Bell Canada, government institutions like Statistics Canada, and the company behind the SAS language. In all my years...

What is automation?

During engagements with our clients I am often asked what is our definition of automation. Understanding the options that are available on the market today to help with a SAS code conversion can be challenging. We often hear and use the terms brute force, manual,...

What stupid things you can do in SAS but shouldn’t

SAS is the Kapil Dev(Cricket) of computer programming languages. For my non cricket friends, what I mean is it was the best alrounder of its time. Google says ‘SAS language is a computer programming language used for statistical analysis’ but I bet someone has used it...

Introduction To Databricks and PySpark For SAS Developers

  This is a collaborative post between Databricks and WiseWithData. We thank Founder and President Ian J. Ghent, Head of Pre-Sales Solutions R &D Bryan Chuinkam, and Head of Migration Solutions R&D Ban (Mike) Sun of WiseWithData for their contributions....

Will The SAS Language Be Regulated Out Of Existence?

The majority of the revenue derived from the SAS language comes from three highly regulated industries, Financial Services, Insurance, and Health & Life Sciences (HLS). In fact, its dominance in those industries, comes in part from regulators historical...

Technology Alliances: The Customer Value

As we announce our strategic technology alliance with Databricks I can’t help but to think how customers see these types of announcements. Partnerships are announced everyday, it is not uncommon to see a large enterprise hardware vendor announce a partnership with a...

The 50% Upfront Scam

We’re increasingly hearing from customers about a common scheme being perpetrated by some of the largest SI’s and IT service vendors on the planet. In the sketchy world of IT body shops, it is common practice to ask for 50% upfront and 50% upon completion of a...

The Tradeoff Between Being Simple and Being Right

At WiseWithData, our engineers have developed the most sophisticated automation on the planet to transpile code from one language to another. Weighing in at over 500,000 lines, SPROCKET is simultaneously a marvel of simplicity, elegance and complexity. Complexity,...

Top 10 Ways To Spot A Modernization Imposter

My son loves Among Us, the wildly successful computer game released in 2018 by Innersloth, a team of only 3 developers at the time. Personally, I love the story of Innersloth and Among Us, as it shows how a small but passionate team of people can change the world. My...

The SAS Migration Torture Test

In the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing world, a “torture test” is often used to test the limits and capabilities of a 3D printer. There are many different designs out there, but they all aim to capture just how capable is the automated machine. For filament...

What does a 100x improvement really look like?

I’m often called upon to provide guidance on why adopting modern analytics is so important. In 2022, all the best features and functionality are in the open source world, especially the market leading Databricks and the PySpark language. Those capabilities are...

Planning a Prison Break – Breaking Free of Vendor Lock-in

It seems like everything these days is only for rent. The way we consume movies, music, books, computing, even the features in our cars, have all moved to be subscription model services, not products you buy and own. Pay once, own forever has increasingly become pay...

Foolishly Automating Or Automating Fools

What an absurd title! A strange twist on the “working hard or hardly working” cliché, but read on and I promise it will all make sense. Here's a tale of a court jester and his great invention. Long ago in a vast and complex kingdom, there lived a great king. The king...

Why the RIPL API has been 12 years in the making

Not to date myself, but I’ve been using SAS for over 25 years. I’ve worked at banks like Capital One and Citibank, Telecom companies like Verizon and Bell Canada, government institutions like Statistics Canada, and the company behind the SAS language. In all my years...

What is automation?

During engagements with our clients I am often asked what is our definition of automation. Understanding the options that are available on the market today to help with a SAS code conversion can be challenging. We often hear and use the terms brute force, manual,...

What stupid things you can do in SAS but shouldn’t

SAS is the Kapil Dev(Cricket) of computer programming languages. For my non cricket friends, what I mean is it was the best alrounder of its time. Google says ‘SAS language is a computer programming language used for statistical analysis’ but I bet someone has used it...

Introduction To Databricks and PySpark For SAS Developers

  This is a collaborative post between Databricks and WiseWithData. We thank Founder and President Ian J. Ghent, Head of Pre-Sales Solutions R &D Bryan Chuinkam, and Head of Migration Solutions R&D Ban (Mike) Sun of WiseWithData for their contributions....

Will The SAS Language Be Regulated Out Of Existence?

The majority of the revenue derived from the SAS language comes from three highly regulated industries, Financial Services, Insurance, and Health & Life Sciences (HLS). In fact, its dominance in those industries, comes in part from regulators historical...

Technology Alliances: The Customer Value

As we announce our strategic technology alliance with Databricks I can’t help but to think how customers see these types of announcements. Partnerships are announced everyday, it is not uncommon to see a large enterprise hardware vendor announce a partnership with a...

WiseWithData Sparked my interest

We've all been faced with the job search in our careers at one point, like many this is where I found myself in the later part of 2020. The good news, opportunity is abundant. As much doom and gloom 2020 has brought us, it has also brought a lot of greatness. I...

Is SAS Still Relevant (2020 Edition)

Back in 2016, I wrote a blog article posing an interesting question; given the rise of Apache Spark as the defacto analytics platform, is SAS still relevant? The answer back then was a definitive yes. Well a lot has changed in the past 4 years! While we are reflecting...

Apache Spark’s the easiest way to migrate to the Cloud

If your organization's made a decison to move to the Cloud, chances are you are considering one of the top Cloud Service Providers.  You should know they all run Apache Spark for its lightning-fast cluster computing and incomparable data processing performance -  @...

Solving the CDOs challenge with legacy SAS

I have the privilege of exchanging with Chief Data Officers around the world.  I'm noting a consistent trend emerge with their data science modernization efforts.  Getting rid of legacy is a bigger challenge than most anticipated. CDO's all know that to make real-time...

ELEVATE Humanitarian & OSS Award Winners

At WiseWithData, we believe we can be and help support agents of positive change in our communities and around the world. We see Open Source Software (OSS) as a truly shining example of the power of global communities coming together to solve common challenges. Thanks...

A new (and old) direction for SPROCKET

It was 5 years ago that we announced the development of the SPROCKET conversion service. One of the consistent messages that we've been hearing from our clients is that they love the SAS to PySpark migration solution, but they want more. Many of our customers are...

Introduction to Koalas

What is Koalas? Koalas is an implementation of the pandas DataFrame API on top of Apache Spark. Pandas is the go-to Python Library for data analysis, while Apache Spark is becoming the go to for big data processing. Koalas allows you leverage the simplicity of Pandas...

The Rise in Popularity of Apache Spark

Since year end 2014, there has been an increase in the number of Google searches comparing Apache Spark to Hadoop. What brings people who are experts in Big Data, Data Science, and Data Analysis to Apache Spark (Spark)? Spark is a fast and expressive cluster computing...

What is SPROCKET SearchParty? How does it work?

I would like to introduce you to SPROCKET SearchParty, the first step in the SPROCKET automated migration solution. What is SPROCKET SearchParty? SPROCKET SearchParty plays an important function in planning your SAS to PySpark code conversion. It identifies and...

What is SPROCKET Robot? How does it work?

This blog post serves as an introduction to the WiseWithData core SPROCKET Robot code conversion tool. For more information on the SPROCKET automated migration solution (SPROCKET Search Party, SPROCKET Robot, SPROCKET Validator), please get in touch with us at...

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 relevance?...

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