Discovery Summit 2010. Exploring data. Inspiring innovation. SAS World Headquarters, Cary NC, September 13-16.

Special Events

Monday, September 13, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Floating Tea for First-Timers at The Umstead Hotel

Welcome to the JMP community.

Umstead HotelResearch suggests that there is a link between a warm beverage and warm behavior. There is something wonderful about a steaming drink that evokes a sense of comfort and happiness among friends. If this is your first time attending Discovery Summit, please join us for a beautiful tea service and accompanying fare at The Umstead Hotel. We look forward to spending time with you as we embrace a tradition shared by cultures around the globe. It is our special way of extending a warm welcome to newcomers in the JMP community.

Monday, September 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Reception and Supper at the Home of John and Ginger Sall

More than a great place to work.

If you research the word SAS, you’ll find it means different things to different people. To some, the acronym refers to Scandinavian Airlines. Others think of San Antonio Shoes. Or the Society for Amateur Scientists.

John Sall To John Sall, SAS means statistics, work and, believe it or not, home. SAS World Headquarters in Cary, NC is where he fulfills his duties as an Executive Vice President of the No. 1 enterprise on the 2010 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list. But the verdant, private campus is also where he and his wife, Ginger, have made their home.

They have graciously offered to host the opening night of Discovery Summit with a reception and supper. If you reserve your place in advance, you’ll mingle with fellow attendees and meet members of the JMP division of SAS, who are excited to make you feel welcome in the place they consider their home away from home.

Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Summit Soirée at the NC Museum of Art

Refine your analytic craft.

Analyzing your data is an art. You begin with volumes of raw data, sometimes as unrefined as a block of stone, a lump of clay, a ball of yarn or an empty canvas. You chip away at the data, shape the relevant bits and pieces, weave together the meaning and display the significance for others to see.

NC Museum of Art galleryAnd that is why the NC Museum of Art(NCMA) offers a backdrop befitting our Summit Soirée. This is where we will collaborate across disciplines to share techniques and visually communicate our analytic results, and where artists, designers – even environmental scientists – from many nations have come together to display their visions in a variety of media.
Both a space for quiet contemplation and active engagement, NCMA represents dichotomous worlds. The Rodin Court and Garden is the largest collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin in the southeastern United States, a restful oasis of reflection in the midst of our busy, modern world. More than 12 monumental works of art decorate the 164-acre Museum Park, creating a diverse landscape of environmental systems and man-made art.

For example, Askew, by the internationally acclaimed artist Roxy Paine, is a stainless steel, treelike “dendroid,” a juxtaposition of nature and industry. Built in sections over the course of a year, it reaches to the height of the newly renovated museum. It is our hope that you will draw inspiration from our Summit Soirée and other events of the week to refine your analytic craft, sending your work to new heights.

Wednesday, September 15, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Discovery Dinner at Prestonwood Country Club

Make analytics par for the course.

Next week, after we’ve concluded this dinner and our week at Discovery Summit, Prestonwood Country Club will host the 10th annual SAS Championship. The golf tournament is a stop on the PGA Champions Tour and has raised $2.25 million for charities dedicated to education. The tournament benefits our future workforce by funding programs that cultivate young minds, a mission here at SAS.

Another mission we take seriously is providing opportunities for you – our favorite champions of analytics – to engage in robust conversation about the fresh, innovative ideas that come to light throughout the summit. The Discovery Dinner is one such chance to let inspiration flow freely during exploratory dialogue with newfound colleagues. And to ponder strategies for making analytics par for the course.

Thursday, September 16, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Post-Conference Lunch with the Developers in Building F Café

Software built with the customer in mind.

Our talented team of developers is constantly enhancing JMP software, helping it evolve to meet new challenges in new arenas. We invite you to take advantage of several opportunities throughout this summit to meet our developers. The Post-Conference Lunch with the Developers is a great way to wrap up the week and look to the future of JMP research and development. Is there a capability or feature that would enhance your work? Let them know! Do you need to solve a problem that is eluding you? They’re ready for your toughest questions, so bring them on!