In our last blog, The Best Major-City Areas to Live and Work in Life Sciences, we explored the benefits of living in five of the most popular large-city hotbeds of our industry, and found that 56% of DataCeutics’ programmers, data managers, and statisticians live in, and work out of these areas. The opportunities for exemplary education, premier entertainment, and ease of travel make big-city life attractive to many, but it’s not for everyone.
At DataCeutics, like at so many companies today, the bulk of our employees work remotely from their home offices. We are a Functional Service Provider of SAS Programmers, Data Managers, and Statisticians, and for us, the off-premise work environment model has worked incredibly well, for over two decades. Our programmers, data managers, and statisticians appreciate the flexibility of work hours, savings in travel time and costs, and they also get to live wherever they choose to reside.
The industry is in full agreement that currently, there is a critical gap in the landscape of the Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) and Analysis Data Model (ADaM) standards for handling and formatting data to allow for non-compartmental PK parameter calculations. ADNCA will be the new dataset standard that everyone will be using in the future to make PK parameters consistent, and will define how the data should be when it is submitted to the FDA…exciting stuff!
Having worked on a very large number of Statistical Analysis System (SAS) programs, I’ve discovered some better ways to do things, and am sharing some of these discoveries with you. SAS LOG files are scanned to monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of data processes. Programmers are trained to look for ERRORS and WARNINGS in the data reports when these Quality Control (QC) scannings are performed, but all too often, they stop there.
Many SAS programmers have some SQL knowledge from working with a particular database vendor’s software before they discover that they can use SQL in their SAS programming, by simply enclosing their SQL statements inside of a PROC SQL invocation. They might wonder what the differences are between what they can do with the standard or vendor specific SQL that they already know, vs. what the corresponding capabilities are specific to SAS SQL.
With the emergence of cloud services, Biostatistics departments are increasingly opting to outsource their Statistical Computing Environments. In our experience, the following are the reasons we have seen for moving to a hosted model: Quicker Start-up Time, Administration & Cost.
Version Control Management tools are important to organizations that have any kind of work products that need to have a record of changes being made throughout time. Why use it? Two big reasons are risk mitigation and business management, important reasons for any one individual, but an even more compelling need when collaborating with others.
The Holidays are approaching quickly, and the time of gifting and giving is upon us. As much as we all love opening presents, let’s face it, the joy of receiving yet another bath product that we may never use, or a necktie we may never wear, is very fleeting. I rather love the new tradition a friend of mine started in her family. They created a list of each member’s favorite charity, and donate to to each other’s preference in lieu of a gift. A great idea, especially for the person who “has everything.” Whatever your tradition, the Holidays are the perfect time to think about how we can help others less fortunate, and how to give back.
Business Wire reports that by 2020, approximately 72 percent of the total American workforce will be working remotely.(2) As the popularity of deskless employees rises, so do the challenges it creates. Time management, technological hiccups, interruptions and time zone differences are common issues faced by people that work out of their home office, but perhaps the most challenging is adequate communication with the mother office.
Autumn is here, and the season of gift-giving is almost upon us. DataCeutics is well-known in the community for its Philanthropic contributions. CEO Matt Ferdockfeels strongly that happy workers do great programming. “We encourage our employees to participate in charity work and social groups that give them a sense of belonging, as well as to provide a better life for others,” Ferdock says. “It's part of keeping our employees happy,” he continues.