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New capabilities in JMP 8 and use of the software in classroom and business environments were focal topics at the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta JMP Users Group. More than 30 people attended the June 17 gathering at the SAS Atlanta Training Center. The newly formed group is led by business effectiveness consultant Kevin Holston and includes members from a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, finance, telecom, energy, consumer products and marketing.
The kick-off event featured three well-received presentations. JMP Systems Engineer Mike Vorburger (pictured below) discussed new capabilities in JMP 8. Jennifer Priestley, PhD, of Kennesaw State University presented SAS in the Classroom: Credit Scoring Using JMP. Eric Schmidt, PhD, of Georgia-Pacific discussed Time Series Models and Forecasting in JMP 8.
According to Holston, there was “a lot of excitement and interest in forming the Atlanta JMP Users Group. Many were awed to see the power in JMP 8.”
More than 80 percent of the participants noted that they have some experience with Base SAS programming; 5 to 10 percent have some experience with SAS Enterprise Guide and JMP. “All wanted to know more and each spoke to potential applications in their business environment,” Holston explains. In the future, the group hopes to cover topics such as SAS and JMP integration, data mining (partitioning) and modeling.
Many expressed interest in meeting on a quarterly basis. The next meeting is slated for September or October. A core team of volunteers will soon be recruited to plan meetings and select presenters. The group hopes to leverage social networking tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about upcoming opportunities.