SAS Forum Award Winners & #SASForumUK highlights!

by SAS Employee FelixBillson on ‎10-03-2017 11:25 AM (68 Views)

With the dust finally settling after what have been amazing SAS Forums in both Birmingham & Ireland, we wanted to highlight the days from our social media & also our award winners from Day 1 SAS Forum UK.


We encouraged attendees to tweet throughout the event and saw huge amount of activity over the dedicated event App as well as Twitter and LinkedIn. Following #sasforumuk, #sasforumie to see how the days unfolded.


Highlights can be seen here:

SAS Forum UK day 1:
SAS Forum UK day 2:


On the close of day 1 we hosted the SAS Awards. Below you can see a breakdown of the awards & winners, with an outline of each award. It was great to see so many of the forum attendees join us in congratulating the winners – photos can be seen on twitter using #SASForumUK!

  • SAS Forum UK Datathon winner – SAS Dinosaurs, Nationwide
  • SAS Communities award winner – Robert Woodiwiss
  • SAS Special project award winner – British Army
  • SAS Data for Good award winner - NHS
  • SAS Lifetime achievement award winner – Phil Holland
  • People’s choice award - SAS Champion 2017, presented by IBM – Tim Campbell E.ON

Congratulations to all our well-deserved winners & runners up! For more details on each of the awards, see below.


SAS Forum UK Datathon Award

Using 16 years of historical race data, what patterns and answers you can unearth that could help shape the future of British Rowing. The entrants were free to interrogate the data and the results were review by a panel of judges made of the British Rowing performance team, SAS Analytic consultants and Sopra Steria

Winners - SAS Dinosaurs


SAS Communities award

SAS communities was set up and runs to help all SAS users around the world collaborate with peers, get support on SAS solutions and learn about new techniques and products available to help improve your use of analytics. This award has been judged by the communities lead and SAS customer loyalty and is awarded to an individual who really stands out in the group for knowledge and consistent support of other SAS users

Winner - Robert Woodiwiss


SAS Special Project award

SAS is used in many different scenarios and to solve many challenges in organisations, this award looked at some to those more unique areas and how they have truly made huge impacts and given amazing outcomes. 

Winner - British Army - For their use of analytics in markedly improving insight and decision making at Army HQ.


SAS Data for Good award

SAS is proud to be part of the Data for Good movement, which encourages using data in meaningful ways to solve humanitarian issues around poverty, health, human rights, education and the environment. This year we reviewed a number of uses, in association with our customer loyalty team, from across the UK, where organisations use SAS, with the outcome based on helping others

Winner - NHS


SAS Lifetime achievement award

SAS has been in existence for 41 years and in this time has grown a large community of people who work to help make users experience, use and knowledge better. This year SAS wanted to acknowledge these individuals who really work hard for SAS users. The SAS customer loyalty team, who work everyday with customers and those supporting them were the judges for this award, they looked for true SAS advocates, who were able to show innovation, success and ongoing loyalty and support.


We looked for someone who we felt really deserved the recognition in the SAS base. And this person was chosen for really living and breathing SAS, something he has done so for most of his working life. This individual engages with us, our users and our partners. He is seen to be vocal on behalf of our user community and a visible advocate that supports SAS in customer situations.

Winner - Phil Holland


SAS People's choice award: SAS Champion!

This award was nominated by the SAS Community, many of you here tonight and is really someone you have seen help projects and other users progress with their use of SAS

Winner - Tim Campbell  E.ON - Tim has been a key pillar of the past few years SAS implementation. He is now co-ordinating across the users and is helping provide integration & development and suggestions for further use. He is always helpful and has developed a very good understanding of both SAS code but more usefully in what would be most appropriate for the users