In which an experienced analytics guy advises the younger generation to leave the walled garden of enterprise analytics tools and learn how to write code using a real programming language. Specifically advocating the use of R and Python for data analysis and related programming. But hey, I’m flexible on that point…
The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense.
I was taught a long time ago in some Management 101 course to sandwich constructive criticism between two compliments. So I’ll open with this statement:
SAS and the other BI vendors have done a nice job of bringing statistical computing techniques within the reach of the typical college graduate.
Now pull up a chair and grab yourself some popcorn, since I’m going to bite the hand that fed me for the first half of my career. I spent the first seven years of my career in roles involving significant usage of SAS and a variety of drag & drop query tools. The COBOL of the analytics world.