Mike Ames leads SAS' Data Science and Emerging Technology Product Management group. Mike started the group in 2011 with three PhD statisticians and a graduate intern, initially focused on SAS' in-memory technologies and integration with Hadoop. Today the group has grown over 5 fold and includes a global research and development team focused on bringing new emerging SAS technology to market. Mike holds a BBA in economics and did his graduate work in applied economics and computer science at the University of Georgia and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.