Month in Review - April 2017

April showers bring May flowers. The phrase “April showers bring May flowers” goes all the way back to the mid-16th century. A poet and farmer, Thomas Tusser, wrote the book, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry and in the April Section, the following poem was written: Sweet April showers do spring May flowers.


Congratulations to Steve Light and Sharon Hall for 23 years of service; Greg Weber for 15 great years; Tim Harrington, 11 years; John Bartlett, 6 years; Gordon Cunningham, 5 years; Jason Bishop, 4 years; Sri Manivannan, 2 years; and lastly Nara Setty, Lynn Calhoun, Corey Duefield and Carletha Blanding, congratulations on your first year with us.


DataCeutics is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Award Celebration. It is a special event, conducted by and for the Burn Prevention Network (BPN) in partnership with Valley Preferred and the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

This event honors the people who risk their lives to save others from fire and burn injury or death; the brave ordinary men and women, both uniformed and civilian, who accomplish extraordinary feats.

Mr. Dan Dillard, Executive Director and CEO of the BPN said, “I never assume that a sponsorship is a certain thing and, therefore, am always humbled and appreciative when we receive one. Thank you DataCeutics for considering the BPN as an organization worthy of your support!”


Congratulations to Corey Duefield for earning the SAS certifications entitled, SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 and also SAS Certified Clinical Trials Programmer Using SAS 9. We appreciate and value your effort in attaining these SAS certifications.


The CR Toolkit™ launched its very own website this past month featuring the DataCeutics SAS Macro Library tool that is maintained and kept updated by DataCeutics for the last 15 years. If you would like to learn more about the CR Toolkit™, click here.


Clients continue to provide feedback on the excellent work performance of our employees. Congratulations to Brian Rock, Jeanne Lane, Min Gong and Jeff Dickinson for their dedication and phenomenal work.


DataCeutics was a proud supporter of Relay for Life which took place at James Madison University on April 21st. Zack Greer, a junior at JMU, President of his fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, and son of our very own Kathy Greer. Zack represented his society at Relay for Life and is also on the committee, “Greeks for Life” which helps with organizing the event.


If you can’t beat them, join them! DataCeutics has joined some of the leading companies in the world who are participating in social media called Snapchat.

We work hard and want others to see that you can have fun while being successful at your work. So we are going to give it a try covering events such as the upcoming PharmaSUG, the social groups our employees participate in, as well as those that DataCeutics supports with donations.

We are also looking for a few “Good Men and Women” who wouldn’t mind recording some activities you do during the day as a programmer, whether during breaks and lunch or if you suddenly find a reason to record a funny moment.

Let us know if you are interested in trying it out. If you are a believer, you can start following us on snapchat@dataceutics. Don’t forget to also follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


The SAS Users’ Group upcoming meeting May 14-17th is in Baltimore, MD this year. Four of our programmers have been recognized to do presentations on their papers submitted earlier in the year to be considered for PharmSUG. DataCeutics will also be exhibiting so we may remind potential customers of our expertise.


Have a book you just finished reading that you would like to suggest to others? Submit the name and short recap to Cheryl Fournier for inclusion in upcoming releases of our Month in Review.

Matt Ferdock is our first contributor giving us an insight into Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. It sounds really interesting in a geeky kind of way.

Despite Will Wheaton’s overacted audible rendition, this book stood out for me particularly because of my programming background and ongoing fascination with computer games.

In the novel, Ernest Cline creates drama in an online world among the population of people who play the game. Well into this not too distant future, every man, woman, and child on earth play the game. Really, ‘play’ is the wrong verb because everyone lives in the game.

The real world barely exists for anyone. All interactions with other human beings are done through an avatar of your own creation. (The game can supply you with all kinds of pets as well, who can behave in many different ways).

All banking is done through the game. Players buy new (virtual) clothes bought via the game and are actually worn by their characters in the game. Real food is ordered through this recreation and is delivered by people who are also playing the game. You can eat alone in your room or eat with your friends online.

I want to relay the dismay I felt after listening to Mark Zuckerberg’s stockholders’ report given last week wherein he described a future world where you can design your own avatar to look like anyone or anything you want. Then through an as not yet deployed 3D interface, you can interact with all of your online friends.

His vision is to build an interactive online world that keeps people engaged spending time and money.

Great for his stockholders (like me), but frighteningly close to the world Ernest Cline portrayed in this novel.

The book’s drama revolves around a small set of players who seek to solve the originator’s quest and be rewarded with untold riches in the game.

Nothing new there but what I thought was cool was all of the references to the very early gaming systems like Commodore 64, Pong, the little gaming system Sears used to sell in the late 1970’s and then all of the early games, like the attempts to program Dungeons & Dragons. This was a time I grew up in, so I remember trying to enjoy these earliest of video games. Pretty neat.

But in Orwellian fashion, this book can be seen as a roadmap for Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg. And can be seen by us as a warning of what could happen if the game replaces life.