The sun came out in all its splendour for the first Irish JMP User Forum. As the media reported, Ireland's mini-heatwave rivalled temperatures in Rio. JMP users gathered in one of Ireland's most beautiful stately homes, Carton House, to celebrate the day in style.
The Chair, Rakhi Baj from AbbVie, kicked off the day with a lively welcome, before the users had three excellent presentations of how JMP is used at major companies across Ireland:
-- Stephen Keegan, Abbott's site Statistician, talked about how the number of diabetes test strips they manufacture has exploded ninefold in as many years to more than 4 billion units. This has resulted in a similar growth in the volume of Abbott's data. Abbott has been proactive by migrating its data exploration from Excel to JMP and automating many activities with JMP Scripting Language (JSL). This has enabled the company to increase its understanding of the manufacturing process, recognize trends and identify critical process parameters.
-- David Connolly, Operational Excellence Lead at Celestica, which manufactures ink cartridges, took JSL one step further by showing how you can use it to "facilitate efficiency (or laziness!) and make yourself look grand by scripting." He finds JMP very useful at turning data into useful information to drive better decision making. He uses JSL to automate routine tasks to provide his management with simple clear summaries, to reduce the time taken and risk involved with repetitive tasks, and to make analyses scalable across Celestica.
-- Melvyn Perry, Statistician Manager at Pfizer, showed how he uses the modelling capabilities of JMP to ensure that the problems don't mushroom when one batch of drug substance becomes many batches of drug product in manufacture, by ensuring better process capability. He did this by showing how he uses assay variability to explain some of the variation in drug product.
After a wonderful lunch in the sunshine, the users listened to the top 10 tips of Jeff Perkinson, JMP Customer Care Manager. Jeff also introduced the users to JMP User Community website.
Rakhi ended the day by soliciting feedback. The response was overwhelmingly positive: Enough users put themselves forward to present to justify a second forum in the not-too-distant future. Several users also offered to hold the next forum at their offices, which would make the event even more user-focused.