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First Triangle JMP Users Group Meeting Draws Big Crowd

Nearly 100 people attended the first meeting of the Triangle (NC) JMP Users Group on last week. Some attendees drove from as far away as High Point and Fayetteville, NC, and JMP developers were among the crowd that gathered on the SAS campus to meet one another, share tips and enjoy lunch together.

Organizers -- Daniel Arneman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lynn Dickey of Biolex Therapeutics, Ed Hutchins of Cree and Kevin Cooper of Duke University Hospital -- were very pleased with the large turnout. The group agreed to meet quarterly all together, while smaller, more localized groups of users would likely meet more frequently.

The meeting featured presentations by two of the organizers of the users group, Hutchins and Arneman, as well as an overview of JMP 8 by JMP creator and SAS Executive Vice President John Sall.

Hutchins, who is an Engineering Manager at LED maker Cree, explained how JMP scripts make it easy to automate data retrieval and analysis, and to get consistent results.

Arneman, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Manager at UNC-CH, discussed how he uses JMP to visualize data for energy management at the university. UNC-CH has committed to become climate neutral -- which means no net greenhouse gas emissions -- by 2050. Monitoring energy use in hundreds of UNC buildings via data visualization takes him only two or three minutes instead of half a day or more using the old way, Arneman said.

Sall discussed many of the new features of JMP 8 and answered questions from users. Among the new features Sall showed were JMP's capabilities for drag-and-drop data visualization, for analyzing results of mixture experiments and optimizing them, and for finding out what consumers want in products using choice studies. Sall explained that the JMP R&D team used JMP's choice design and analysis capabilities to find out what users preferred for the look of JMP 8.

To learn more about JMP users groups nationwide, visit the JMP users groups page. If you'd like to start a users group in your area, send me an e-mail.

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