Shanghai hosted the fourth year of Discovery Summit China. Last year’s Discovery was in Beijing; next year the city of Shenzhen will welcome JMP users.
John Sall Introduces JMP® 14 to Shanghai Audience
"We listen. We create. We fix," said John Sall, co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, as he introduced the most recent version of JMP to an audience of more than 300 scientists, engineers, researchers and academics at Discovery Summit China. Sall presented his favorite things about JMP 14, and explained his philosophy of ensuring that every iteration of JMP incorporates features and functionality requested by users.
Sall is the principal architect of JMP software. He and other JMP experts from SAS world headquarters in the United States joined China-based Systems Engineers to answer questions from JMP users and take notes about new requests.
"Discovery Summit has earned a reputation for being the place to connect with the people who create and support JMP products," said SAS Senior Vice President Jon Weisz. Like all Discovery Summits, the Shanghai event featured plenary presentations, breakout talks by JMP users, opportunities to ask product-specific questions, and networking around food and fun.
"This year at Discovery Summit China, we are seeing vice presidents and general managers from many of China's top companies and government organizations," said Bryan Yan, General Manager of JMP's Asia Pacific operations other than Japan. "I am excited that we are trusted with the time of more than 300 business leaders and analytic thinkers from around China."
General Manager Yan said he was particularly excited to provide a venue for people to hear WildTrack's "beautiful story" of animal conservation powered with an innovative use of JMP software. WildTrack founders Zoe Jewell and Sky Alibhai, along with Binbin Li of Duke Kunshan University, presented an inspirational keynote talk.
"We are seeing species disappear," said Jewell as she painted the big picture of why serious conservation is needed now. She said we need to know how many individuals of endangered species are left, where they are, where they go and what they do. "That's the foundation of conservation," she said.
Alibhai demonstrated the WildTrack application of JMP called FIT (Footprint Identification Technology), explaining how the organization built the databases, created the algorithms, and put the software to use to predict the number and sex of various species including tigers here in China.
Li focused in on China's giant panda conservation projects using FIT. Excited about the ability to get a better count of the wild panda population, Li said she is also energized about engaging local populations in citizen science. "People are willing to get engaged and to support the protection of animals," said Li. "Together with WildTrack, we can empower the local people to participate and help us know if area conservation efforts are effective or not."
In a celebration toast at the conclusion of the event, Sall said, "Here’s to our fourth Discovery Summit China. Here’s to your curiosity and inquisitiveness in using JMP to help you find new answers, new information, and new solutions." During the toast, and in his keynote talk, Sall encouraged participants to begin using JMP 14, which was released in March at Discovery Summit Europe.