The hospital I work at has started investigating SAS Visual Analytics as a way to enhance our efficiencies. Because of my previous relationship with SAS, I am more or less the point-person for the project, which means I need to become quickly familiar with all aspects of the software, so that I can answer questions from the leadership team. I started searching lexjansen.com for papers from recent Global Forums, and came up with a ton of papers. I started looking at titles, authors, and built a list of papers I wanted to read. I ended up with a list of about 20 papers, and realised there was no way I could read all of them in a weekend. I pared the list down to a couple, and I wanted to share them with you as they’re a great starting point.
Whirlwind tour around SAS Visual Analytics by Anand Chitale and Christopher Redpath (SAS Institute) – Providing the reader with a ridiculously fast-paced crash course, this paper provides screen shots, high-level functionality and basic steps in how to do some really cool things. Although using a previous version, this is a highly recommended first read as you can get a sense of what’s possible and whether it’s right for your organisation.
An Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics for the Health Care Sector by Rhian Sian Pilling (Amadeus Software) – Working in a hospital, I have to take certain things into account such as privacy, specific types of analyses that may not be used in other industries, and being able to get a wide variety of users (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) up and running quickly. Rhian’s paper covers a lot of great information, including VA features like hierarchies, to mapping, panel graphs, and how to build them all very quickly. Although using a health-care focus, this paper goes through a lot of valuable information for all sectors.
Nine Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Started with SAS Visual Analytics – by Tricia Aanderud, Ryan Kumpfmiller, and Nick Welke (Zencos Consulting) – This was the one paper I had triple-asterisked at SAS Global Forum this year, and was the only one that I couldn’t get into because it was full! I am happy to share with you however that you can watch the presentation online (I’ve watched it twice!) here. Although it sounds like this paper should be the first on my list, I started reading it and found that it was going to be information over-load – it covers a lot, and not having any background on VA, I wanted to have at least a basic understanding before diving into this particular article. A pre-cursor to the article is the blog post on Zencos’ website, www.zencos.com, and the article is here.
Searching “SAS Visual Analytics” on Google returns 284,000 results; combing through them would take ages. Even searching lexjansen.com for “Visual Analytics” returns 1,630 results, way more than is feasible for anyone to read through and get anything worthwhile from. Hopefully these four articles will start you off on a path of getting SAS Visual Analytics up and running in your organisation quickly and efficiently!