Seminar Series

Knoware Seminar Series –  2018

Knoware is running a series of seminars on various topics throughout 2018.

For regular updates on upcoming seminars and courses, please follow our LinkedIn page

The seminars cover topics not covered in other education courses, are half a day in length and run in the morning.

The target audience is anyone who wants to improve their information delivery – from SAS professionals to managers, team leaders or other management professionals

  1. Applying Agile to Analytics and BI
  2. Better Information Delivery with SAS
  3. Storytelling and Data Visualisation: from Analytics to Infographics
  4. Data Governance in the Real World
    We can also provide the following seminars (which proved popular in 2017/18)
    on demand and as “in-house seminars”
  5. Best Practice for SAS Analysts and Developers
  6. Hooking up SAS and Excel: Exploring the main techniques
  7. SAS Visual Analytics Data Loading techniques
  8. Scheduling in SAS

A summary of each seminar is provided below with a link to even more information on seminar content where there is a booking form to complete

We have received positive feedback on the sessions held previously:

” The length of the session was just right.”
“Very good coverage. Much appreciated.”
“Great presentation – however though the pace of presentation was very quick. There was a lot of information. “
“Really worthwhile and delivered above expectations. Thank you.”
“Very helpful in re-focussing and helping to step back a bit and take a look at how you work (get caught up in the day to day)”
“Good; answered lots of questions and explained the “why” and “how” of VA”

“Great presentation. Very pleased as it provides good background for consideration. I do believe it is useful to have used the VA environment before”

If you have questions about the seminar series, please call Suzanne Turner on 04 499 9246 or email  suzanne.turner@knoware.co.nz

 

1. Applying Agile to Analytics and BI

Agile has been successfully embedded into software development for several years now. Its adoption in the fields of Analytics, Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW) has not been as extensive or successful. Is it because what we do is so different that Agile has no place in our world? Or is it simply due to shortage of information and guidance on how to apply Agile principles and practices to Analytics and BI?

Myths and misconceptions about Agile abound. No, it is not a “cowboy” style development where you forget about all documentation, do things quickly in an ad hoc manner and lose sight of the end goal.

The paradox of Agile is that it is simple, but it is not easy. It is built on a simple set of sensible values and principles, but it requires a high degree of discipline and commitment to execute properly. The rewards of Agile can be great – high-quality and high-value working systems, increased visibility and productivity, motivated teams and, most importantly, satisfied and happy users.

If you are looking to improve the way you do Analytics and BI and you want to learn about effective application of Agile principles and practices, the benefits they can bring, and how to begin that journey – then this seminar is for you. It will provide a solid introduction into Agile and practical information on how to apply it to Analytics and BI.

Date:         To be advised

Time:   
Registration 8.45am; Seminar 9.00am to 12.30pm

Presenter: 
Nataliya Alkhimova: Knoware

Audience: 
Anyone who wants to know about Agile and how to apply Agile principles and practices to Analytics and BI. This seminar will provide practical information relevant to managers and team leaders as well as developers and analysts.

Note:  
Please bring your own device (BYOD) or paper for note taking

Venue:
Level 12, 89 The Terrace, Wellington (venue kindly provided by SAS)

Click here for more information and to register

2. Better Information Delivery with SAS

Self-service BI has been everyone’s top priority for years; but how well are we really doing?  Have we reached information delivery nirvana or is the reality still thousands of Excel spreadsheets created each month and delivered through the email system?

This is a practical session which looks at the different SAS information delivery tools and relates them to their strengths in relation to different types of information creators and consumers.  Help understand the options and how to make the best choices, and use the tools that you have available.

Whether you are a hands-on analyst or a manager you will take away practical information from this seminar which you can apply to more effective information delivery.

Date:  To be advised

Presenters:
Colin Harris, Nataliya Alkhimova: Knoware

Audience:
Anyone who needs to know more about getting the best out of their SAS technology and improving their information delivery.

Note:
Please bring your own device (BYOD) or paper for note taking

Venue:
Level 12, 89 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
(Venue kindly provided by SAS)

Click here for more information and to register

 

3. Storytelling and Data Visualisation: from Analytics to Infographics

Set stories free from spreadsheets and add value to your analysis. Improve organisational understanding, strategy and communications with dashboards, data visualisation and infographics.

This half day seminar from Knoware, in association with Rogue Penguin will introduce you to the power of data-driven design and communications. The workshop is for anyone working with data, with a need to increase insights, share knowledge or engage the public. Relevant for both government and commercial organisations.

Participants will leave with a greater understanding of data visualisations, infographics and animation and how to use these to add value to analytics.

Date:
The next date for this seminar is to be advised

To express interest in this seminar please call Suzanne Turner on 04 499 9246 or email suzanne.turner@knoware.co.nz 

Presenters:
Colin Harris – Knoware; Kat Greenbrook – Rogue Penguin.

Audience:
Analysts, researchers, information providers, BI developers, data scientists, communications and community engagement teams, managers of analytics, information or BI teams

Note: Please bring your own device (BYOD) or paper for note taking

Venue:
Level 12, 89 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
(Venue kindly provided by SAS)

Click here for more information

 

4. Data Governance in the Real World 

This seminar aims to provide you with the confidence to introduce and manage your data governance programme with step by step practical solutions for all types and sizes of organisations.

Take aways include:

  • how to prioritise what’s really important and will bring you real return on investment
  • how to convince senior management this is the foundation your organisation needs to deliver quality services or products
  • who needs to be involved
  • what’s essential to improve your maturity around data governance that’s feasible on any budget with available resources
  • how data governance enables agencies to be confident in the use of personal information (for analytics) in an age where privacy is increasingly in the public consciousness.

    Note: Private in-house seminars are also available where content can be customised and cost per person reduced.

Date:
The next date for this seminar is to be advised

To express interest in this seminar please call Suzanne Turner on 04 499 9246 or email suzanne.turner@knoware.co.nz

Presenters:
Dr Karolyn Kerr and guest speakers

Audience:
Information managers, data governance professionals, data strategy delivery leads – anyone responsible for managing organisational risk around data, building organisational capability and safe reuse of data

Venue:
Level 12, 89 The Terrace, Wellington 6011
(Venue kindly provided by SAS)

Click here for more information 

 

5. Hooking up SAS and Excel: Exploring the main techniques (Half-day)

Explore the 20 or more different ways to interface SAS and Excel, either to read Excel data into SAS or to produce or update Excel spreadsheets from SAS.

Make sure you know the best and latest ways to integrate SAS and Excel to get the right results and save you time.

Get an overview of all the main techniques, their pros and cons, and see them in action.

Dates:
This course is run according to demand – please call Suzanne Turner on 04 499 9246 or email suzanne.turner@knoware.co.nz 

Presenter:
Dave Shea, Knoware’s expert for integrating SAS and Excel

Audience:
SAS users (any level)

Click here for more information 

Also available for in-house sessions, where content can be customized

6. Best Practice for SAS Analysts and Developers (2 half-day workshops)

Ensure your analysts and developers:

  • work in the most productive, effective and efficient ways
  • produce correct and consistent results
  • and have satisfied customers

There are 2 different workshop sessionsTechnical and non-Technical

The Non-Technical session covers common issues; work lifecycle (including Agile) from work requests to delivery of results; communications and data management overview

The Technical session is for SAS users and covers data and information management in more detail, understanding “under the covers”, efficiency and effectiveness tips and documentation

Dates:
Non-technical:     This course is run according to demand
Technical:           This course is run according to demand

Presenter
Colin Harris, Knoware’s Technical Director

Audience:
Quantitative and qualitative analysts, Business analysts, Developers creating BI or analytical systems, Managers and Project Managers

Note: We can run this seminar as an in-house session, so it can be customised to your situation and methodology

Click here for more information 

 

7. SAS Visual Analytics Data Loading techniques

This seminar ensures you are aware of all the main ways to load data into SAS Visual Analytics, their pros and cons, and how to use them

  • it covers VA Administrator import, user import, autoload, VA data builder, Enterprise Guide, Data Integration Studio and the full flexibility of using SAS code
  • and includes table design guidelines for effective use in SAS VA

Date TBA:
This course is run according to demand

Presenter:
Mark Bodt or Colin Harris certified SAS VA specialists

Audience:
SAS administrators, data integration developers and anyone preparing data for use in SAS VA

Click here for more information

(Also available for in-house sessions, where content can be customised)

 

8. Scheduling in SAS

This seminar is a comprehensive overview of the ways you can schedule SAS work to run. The seminar covers:

·         Standard SAS jobs, SAS Enterprise Guide projects, SAS Visual Analytics data queries and SAS Visual Analytics report distribution

·         Administration set-up, as well as actual scheduling of jobs from the SAS user perspective

·         Different approaches for scheduling – centralised using defined administrators versus distributed

·         Real examples in action

Date:
This course is run according to demand

Presenter:
Mark Bodt SAS Infrastructure specialist

Audience:
SAS administrators or SAS users

Click here for more information

(Also available for in-house sessions, where content can be customised, or a reduced session run for SAS users just needing to schedule jobs)

To express interest or register please click on the more information for your chosen seminar and complete the booking form

ENQUIRIES – If you have questions about the seminar series, please call Suzanne Turner on 04 499 9246 or email suzanne.turner@knoware.co.nz