03 October 2013

Tape From California

Some good news from California.
Elaine Jones showed how her IBM tape storage manufacturing group achieved some serious cost cutting by replacing an expensive ($150K) SAS group license with R to do a number of ETL tasks that are fundamental to the production workflow. Critical tasks such as extracting raw data from DB2, summarizing it, formatting it and loading it into a different DB2 databases that used to take 30 or so SAS programs are now handled by R scripts.

Kind of amazing, considering that IBM dropped a billion bucks, or thereabouts, to get SPSS. SAS and SPSS, passed over for R. Sweet.

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