It will be a Big Data couple of days when the SAS team from the SAS world headquarters in Cary, N.C., comes to UW-Green Bay next spring — Thursday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, May 6, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, to be precise. The visitors will lead hands-on Big Data and Data Analytics workshops. SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite for advanced analytics and business intelligence, and is used at more than 75,000 sites worldwide including 93 of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies. Hands-on labs will be offered on Big Data, Text Mining, Visual Analytics and Data Mining. Associate Prof. Gaurav Bansal of the Cofrin School of Business and academic director of UWGB’s newly launched online collaborative masters in data science program, is behind the effort as local host. He says the hands-on labs require basically no prior programming experience and will be a great opportunity for UWGB students in particular, and others, to get a feel for Big Data and advanced data analytics. Industry leaders and experts are expected to take part as keynotes and panelists. Watch this space for links to speaker profiles, registration opportunities and a schedule, along with further details.