SAS User Group (Singapore)

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Welcome to the SAS User Group (Singapore) Central Repository site.

SAS user group is an independent, volunteer organization run by SAS users. It provides a platform for users to meet, share knowledge and experience, and learn more about SAS solutions from colleagues, peers and professionals. Whether you're a seasoned business analytics software user with experiences to share, or a newcomer who'd like to interact with others, a user group is an excellent way to get the most value from SAS technology.


We have 2 types of SAS user groups in Singapore.

  • Local user group: The is open to all and we meet throughout the year and bring together a broad range of user backgrounds within Singapore.
  • In-house user group: In-house groups consist of users from a single organization and allow for discussion about actual data usage. Due to confidentiality, we do not publish the list of in-house groups. If you would like to start a group at your organization, we'll be glad to help. Send us an email.


SAS user group provide a variety of learning opportunities, including presentations, hands-on workshops and access to SAS experts.

  • Learn about the latest technology and new SAS products and services.
  • Exchange ideas and network with your peers.
  • Enhance your skills and boost your knowledge for professional development.


For the benefit of members, the SAS User Group Working Committee has created this site to consolidate past events’ presentations and papers for easy reference by members who have missed the events. Each of the event has a theme and the materials are organized based on those themes.

If you do have any related materials which you would like to share with other members, feel free to send your materials to SSUGWC@LISTSERV.SAS.COM.

If you are a non-member, please proceed to register your membership at the SAS User Group website before accessing the documents below. Membership is complimentary.


Resources for Past SAS Bites Events

2014

March - Fraud and Financial Crimes

  1. Fraud & Financial Crimes Analysis - Harvinder Sambi, Consultant, Fraud & Financial Crimes, Advanced Analytics Business Unit, SAS
  2. Security Intelligence & Fraud in Public Sector - Clifton Phua, Senior Pre-sales Consultant, SAS
  3. Tips & Techniques from SAS - Leong Sing Meng, Senior Technical Manager, SAS


2013

March – High Performance Analytics

  1. Industry Experience - Building A High-Performance Analytics System for the Hospitality Industry – Dr Kenny Lu, Nanyang Polytechnic
  2. Discover the Possibilities of Easy Analytics and High-Performance Analytics – Syed Ismail, Head Information Management, Practice, SAS
  3. Tips & Techniques from SAS - Importing and Exporting Files in SAS – Andy Tan, Technical Support Consultant, SAS
  4. Panel Discussion - "Is High-Performance Analytics only relevant to Big Data?"


July – Forecasting

  1. Demand Forecasting Using Growth Model & Negative Binomial Regression Framework - Cally Ong, Business Analyst, Fossil Singapore
  2. Forecasting Techniques and Best Practices - Mohanrao Thotakura, Senior Lead, Big Data & Analytics, NCS
  3. Tips & Techniques from SAS – Leong Sing Meng, Senior Technical Manager, SAS
  4. Panel Discussion - Strategies & Challenges in Planning & Predicting Future Business Demand


Oct – Call Centre Analytics

  1. Call Centre Analytics - Operations Optimisation – Irene Xu, Director Decision Management, Citibank [Not available due to client confidentiality]
  2. SAS Analytics for Call Centre Management - Shanmuga Sunthar, Deputy Head, Practice, SAS
  3. Tips & Techniques from SAS – Leong Sing Meng, Senior Technical Manager, SAS
  4. Panel Discussion - Integrating Analytics into Call Centre Operations: Is it Mature?


Dec – Text Analytics

  1. Sentiment Analysis: Do You Know What Your Customers Think about Your Products and Services? - Prof. Kyong Jin Shim & Koo Ping Shung – SMU
  2. Maximise the Value of Your Unstructured Data – Syed Ismail, Practice Lead, SAS
  3. Tips & Techniques from SAS – Gerrard Ho, Senior Technical Consultant, SAS
  4. Panel Discussion - Analytics on Unstructured Data: Is it Relevant & Does it Value-Add to Your Organization?


2012

Feb – Analytics Career Options

  1. The Wonders of Social Network Visualization - Murphy Choy, SAS Specialist & Researcher, SMU
  2. Tips & Techniques from SAS: SAS Enterprise Guide: ODS OUTPUT and Characterizing Data - Leong Sing Meng, Techincal Support Consultant, SAS
  3. Panel Discussion - What are your Analytics Career Options?


Apr – Presenting Analytical Data to Business

  1. Optimization - The Highest Form of Analytics - Sim Cheng Hwee, Managing Consultant, IDSC
  2. Tips & Techniques from SAS - What's new in SAS? – Andy Tan, Technical Support Consultant, SAS
  3. Panel Discussion: How to present analytical data and results so that it's easy for the business to understand?


July – Aligning Business & IT for Analytics

  1. I Came, I Analysed, I Conquered: Deliver Quick Value Through Analytics - Victor Barrero, AVP, Group Strategy & Business Development, Singpost
  2. Tips & Techniques from SAS – Gerrard Ho, Senior Technical Support Consultant, SAS
  3. Panel Discussion: Aligning the Business Users and IT Unit for Analytics Solutions


Oct – Risk management – the banking experience

  1. Risk Management - The Banking Experience - Du Jun, AVP, Modelling & Portfolio Optimization, CIMB & Neo Wee Heong, Lead for Risk Management, SAS
  1. Tips & Techniques from SAS - SAS Efficiency Tips - Leong Sing Meng, Senior Technical Manager, SAS
  2. Panel Discussion: Risk Assessment vs Empirical Models


2011

Jan – Perils of Ignoring Social Media

  1. Perils of Ignoring Social Media - Koo Ping Shung, Credit Risk Analyst, OCBC Bank & Murphy Choy, SAS User, School of IS, SMU
  2. Tips & Techniques - Colon (:) Character Comparison - Loh Yizheng, Business Analyst, Singapore Post
  3. Tips & Techniques - Back to BASEics: Revealing the Hidden Gems in SAS 9.2 - Leong Sing Meng, Technical Support Manager, SAS


Feb – Proc Power – Improve Documentation of your Power Analysis

  1. Leveraging PROC Power for Sample Sizing and Experimental Design - Seah Aik Hoe, Statistician - Computation, Eli Lily and Company
  2. Tips & Techniques - How to Self Help - Gerrard Ho, Technical Support Consultant, SAS Singapore
  3. Tips & Techniques - Piping the Director - Murphy Choy, SAS User, School of information Systems, SMU


Mar – Accelerate Your Career with IT certification

  1. Accelerate Your Career with IT Certification - Surojit Dutta, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics & Science, SP
  2. Tips & Techniques - Function - Mohanrao Thotakura, Associate PM, Business Analytics, Emerio Globesoft Pte Ltd
  3. Tips & Techniques - EG Code Management - Eunice Lee, Technical Support Consultant, SAS Singapore


Apr – Realistic Analytics – Putting Analytics into Practice

  1. Realistic Analytics - Putting Analytics Into Practice - Celine See, SAS Associate Principal Consultant, SAS Singapore
  2. Tips & Techniques - XML in SAS - Du Jun, Analyst, Citibank
  3. Tips & Techniques - EG Code Management - Leong Sing Meng, Technical Support Manager, SAS Singapore


Jul – Identify Best Answers to your planning problems through optimization

  1. Identifying Best Answers To Your Planning Problems Through Optimisation - Mohan Thotakura, Principal Consultant, Emerio
  2. Tips & Techniques - SAS Function NWKDOM() - Loh Yizheng, SAS User
  3. Tips & Techniques - Stored Processes & Parameters Prompts - Eunice Lee, Technical Support Specialist, SAS Singapore


Sep – Simulation – Case Studies

  1. Simulation Case Studies - Murphy Choy, Instructor, SMU
  2. Tips & Techniques - Copying Files Using X Statement in SAS - Yam Tee Meng, SAS User
  3. Tips & Techniques - Add-in for Microsoft Office - Gerrard Ho, Technical Support Specialist, SAS Singapore


Nov – Using EG & Business Forecasting

  1. SAS Techniques Guide Best of Both Worlds - Is it Right for You? - Sunil Gupta-- Bestselling SAS Author and global corporate trainer. Author of five SAS e-Guides on Quick Result books.
  2. Customer Insights with Business Forecasting - Dr. Kam Tin Seong PhD, Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), SMU
  3. Tips & Techniques - SAS Procedures For Validating Data - Leong Sing Ming, Senior Technical Manager, SAS

Papers Presented by Members at SAS Global/Local Forum

This section details forum proceedings by members of our user group.

Year Paper Title Author(s)
2013 088-2013 Demand Forecasting Using a Growth Model and Negative Binomial Regression Framework Cally Ong Yeru, Singapore Management University ;

Michelle Cheong, Singapore Management University; Murphy Choy, Singapore Management University

239-2013 Implementation of Slowly Changing Dimension to Data Warehouse to Manage Marketing Campaigns in Banks Lihui Wang, SIngapore Management University ;

Michelle Cheong, Singapore Management University ; Murphy Choy, Singapore Management University

296-2013 Efficient Extraction of JSON Information in SAS® Using the SCANOVER Function Kyong Jin Shim, Singapore Management University ;

Murphy Choy, Singapore Management University

2012 096-2012 Translating Foreign Language in SAS® with Google Translate Murphy Choy, Singapore Management University
186-2012 After Analytics, What’s Next? Koo Ping Shung; Murphy Choy
212-2012 Perils of Ignoring Social Media Koo Ping Shung;
269-2012 Sparklines in the DATA Step Graphics Interface from SAS/GRAPH® Murphy Choy
278-2012 Hyperslicing with SAS® Jonathon Khoo; Koo Ping Shung
308-2012 Using Facebook to Engage SAS® Users Koo Ping Shung; Murphy Choy
2011 151-2011 Data Mining Using JMP® Choy, Murphy
203-2011 Achieving Efficiencies Using SAS® Drug Development Seah Aik Hoe
279-2011 Creating Word Clouds in SAS®: A DSGI Approach Murphy Choy
323-2011 sasCommunity.org Future Directions - A Panel Discussion Art Carpenter; Michael Raithel; Murphy Choy
348-2011 Rasch Model and Beyond with PROC GLIMMIX: A Better Choice Tan Teck Kiang; Luo Wenshu; David Hogan
352-2011 Scale Measurement: Comparing Factor Analysis and Variable Clustering Albert Liau; Tan Teck Kiang; Angeline Khoo
2010 094-2010 Building a Decision Tree from Decision Stumps Murphy Choy; Peter L. Flom
108-2010 Data Masking with Classical Ciphers Murphy Choy
2009 214-2009 Why Is SAS® Certification Helpful in Enhancing Your Career as an Analyst and SAS Programmer? Murphy Choy

SAS User Group (Singapore) Committees

The Executive Committee focuses on setting the direction and strategy of the user group, while at the same time, initiate key activities to meet the needs of the users. The Working Committee focuses on the organization of activities and meet-ups for the users.

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Current Committee 2013/2014

Executive Committee Working Committee
Advisor Francis Fong

Managing Director, SAS Institute (Singapore)

Chairman Tan Boon Huat

Retired Civil Servant

Ang Kian Keong

Assistant Manager, Nanyang Polytechnic

Vice-Chairman Vivienne Tan

Vice President, Kiwanis Singapore

Loh Yizheng

Business Analyst, AIA Singapore

Treasurer Prof Chua Tin Chiu

Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore

Honorary Auditor Leow Bee Geok

Advisor, JTC Corporation

Secretary Irene Xu

Director, Decision Management, Citibank

Members
  • Eric Sandosham - Founder & Partner, Red & White Consulting Partners
  • Bill Lee - Partner/Advisory, Information Management & Advanced Analytics, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd
  • Lawrence Antioch - Managing Director, Group Risk, DBS Bank
  • Prof Steve Miller - Dean of School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
  • Yap Chee Yuen - Senior VP and CIO, Resorts World Sentosa
  • Seema Chokshi, Lecturer, Information Systems & Program Manager, Singapore Management University
  • Koo Ping Shung - Practicum Manager, Singapore Management University
  • Mohanrao Thotakura – Senior Lead Consultant – Big Data & Analytics, NCS Pte Ltd
  • Seah Aik Hoe - Senior Statistician Computation, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Jonathon Khoo Kay Chin - Executive, Alexandra Health System
  • Du Jun - Assistant Vice President, Modelling & Portfolio Optimization, CIMB
  • Surojit Dutta – Lecturer, School of Informatics & IT, Temasek Polytechnic
  • Goh Wee Lip - Senior Manager, Planning, Resort World at Sentosa
  • Yio Hiot Yong - Senior Manager, Prudential Singapore
  • Samrin Shaad - Manager, Strategy and Planning Unit, Credit Operations, Citibank
Past Chairman Eric Sandosham

Customer Intelligence Practice Lead, North Asia, SAS

Murphy Choy - SAS Specialist, Singapore Management University

Koo Ping Shung - Practicum Manager, Singapore Management University

Past Committee 2011/2012

Executive Committee Working Committee
Advisor Bill Lee

Managing Director, SAS Institute (Singapore)

Chairman Eric Sandosham

Regional Head of Decision Management, Citibank

Koo Ping Shuang

Practicum Manager, Singapore Management University

Vice-Chairman Vivienne Tan

Vice President,Manufacturing Excellence and Quality Systems, STATSChipPAC

Loh Yizheng

Business Analyst, Singapore Post

Members
  • Lawrence Antioch - Managing Director, Group Risk, DBS Bank Ltd
  • Prof Steve Miller - Dean of School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
  • Prof Chua Tin Chiu - Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
  • Marilyn Ling - Marketing Director, Singapore Pools
  • Leow Bee Geok - Advisor, Department of Statistics, MTI
  • Yap Chee Yue - Senior VP and CIO, Resorts World Sentosa
  • Tan Poh Choo - Practice Director, SAS Institute (Singapore)
  • Bernard Ngoh - Head Customer Success, SAS Institute (Singapore)
  • Murphy Choy - Instructor, Singapore Management University


  • Mohanrao Thotakura - Associate Project Manager - Business Analytics, Emerio GlobeSoft Pte Ltd
  • Seah Aik Hoe - Statistician Computation, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Jonathon Khoo - Student, Singapore Management University
  • Du Jun - Analyst, Citibank