Blog

SAS Communities - SAS Bowl IV - behind the scenes

A tasty SUGA concoction of eggs Florentine, Docker, Tandoori, HaaS and koalas!

SAS Bowl IV - SUGA Bowl

I’ve always loved a good trivia quiz – the friendly competition, adrenalin and camaraderie – so it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of the monthly SAS Bowl trivia events launched in August.

Thanks to the SAS Communities management team for providing such uplifting events in a year when we need all the connection and positivity we can get. In particular, thanks to SAS Bowl champion, Joe Furbee, who had the vision for the events after playing an internal trivia game at SAS.

Despite usually being at odd hours for me down here in the southern hemisphere, I haven’t missed a SAS Bowls trivia event (and certainly don’t plan to!).

For me it’s a great way to connect with our SAS community, take an uplifting break from the everyday, and have a laugh. Not to mention the opportunity to learn new things and win cool SAS Communities swag.
Read more

SUGA Live On-Demand

A notable November for SAS fans and administrators

Whatever way you look at it, 2020 has certainly been a challenging and notable year, and November will no doubt be a particularly notable month for many. As we move towards the end of the year, we hope the coming year is a better one for us all.

We note there are several SAS events in November that may be of interest to SAS fans and administrators:

SAS Global Forum Executive Connection
  • 5th November 2pm CET – Der Business Analytics Club für SAS User – The online SAS Club is a data science, machine learning and SAS programming information forum and discussion platform for SAS users in Austria and the DACH region. Registration required.
  • 10th November 11am ET – SAS Global Forum – Executive Connection – Part three of the SASGF executive leadership series to help reimagine what the future may hold. A virtual event, aimed at helping business leaders make crucial decisions along the road to recovery. Registration required.
  • 10th November 2pm ET – Aptly named SUGA Bowl, the fourth SAS Bowl will be a fun-filled, admin-themed trivia event for SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA). As a SAS Bowl fan, Michelle Homes is super excited to be co-hosting the event and is looking forward to seeing plenty of friendly competition for cool SAS swag. No need to register – go to the SAS Communities page: SAS Bowl IV, The SUGA Bowl to get the pre-game info and link to join on game day.
  • 12th November all day GMT – SAS Forum UK and Ireland 2020 is the largest online gathering of SAS professionals and analytics experts in the UK & Ireland. Explore the virtual event, join the many sessions, network with your peers, and enjoy the immersive online event experience. Registration required.

  • SAS Nordic Forum
  • 17th November all day CET – SAS Forum Nordics 2020 is a virtual event featuring industry-focused sessions for healthcare, government, banking, insurance, manufacturing and retail, as well as user sessions focused on Visuals; Programming; What’s New & Demos; and AI, Cloud and New Tech. Registration required.
  • 19th November all day CET – SAS Learning Conference is the virtual place to be if you’re interested in reporting or visualization. One full day with three streams and twelve workshops for the SAS 9.4 and SAS Viya platforms. Registration and payment required.
  • 23-25th November 3 days CET – Beyond Tomorrow – SAS CEMEA virtual event for 3 days. Day 1 – Data Science Day, Day 2 – Industry Talks, Day 3 – Executive Experience Day. Registration required and Day 3 is by invitation.
  • 26th November 9am CET – SAS FANS Denmark Platform Netværksmøde meeting for SAS administrators to learn about SAS Environment Manager, DI Studio jobs, SAS Viya 4 and SAS customer experiences. Iain Adamson from ScottishPower and Michelle Homes from Metacoda will be presenting “From cottage industry to critical system! How Metacoda software enables productivity as your SAS platform becomes business critical”

Also noteworthy, is the first edition of SUGA Download – a SAS administration and architect’s newsletter from SAS – due out early November. If you’ve interacted with the SUGA community, attended SUGA Live or watched a SUGA webinar, you should be on the mailing list for the first edition. Otherwise, you can subscribe to the newsletter at the SAS e-newsletters page, after the first edition is released.
Read more

SUGA Live - 6 minute Metacoda video

Keeping your SAS platform secure!

SAS platform security is essential in our data-driven world.

Do you regularly monitor and test your SAS security model? With ongoing changes – such as increased adoption, department movement, and organization re-structure – how do you ensure your SAS platform stays secure and people only have access to the data assets they’re supposed to?

Read on for more information about how Metacoda products can help maintain SAS platform security.

SUGA Update

Did you make it to the recent SUGA Live virtual event? If not, you can view the on-demand webinar, slides and Q&A at SUGA in SAS Support Communities.

There you’ll find:
Read more

Australian Koala Foundation - Save The Koala Month

Don’t miss these SAS events in September (and the chance to help #SaveTheKoala)

Metacoda SUGA Live

Metacoda customers, partners and staff know very well the many benefits that Metacoda Plug-ins software can bring to an organization.

But there’s still nothing quite like the buzz of introducing Metacoda Plug-ins software to someone for the first time, and hearing feedback like this:

“The plug-ins are cool!! They easily help to identify all the metadata and permission information. We are still exploring all the other features available.”

If you know someone who would benefit from using Metacoda Plug-ins software, please tell them about our 30-day free evaluation.


#SaveTheKoala Month

Koala eating at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

It’s no secret that we love koalas here at Metacoda.

If you do too, now’s the perfect time to get involved because September is Save The Koala Month.

Visit the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) website for creative tips about:

  • Fundraising ideas
  • How to be a koala hero
  • Koala-inspired arts and crafts
  • Yummy koala-themed baking!

If you’d like to learn more about the plight of the koala, this article from AKF CEO Deborah Tabat provides a heartfelt account of current events in the world and the critical need to protect koala habitat.

#SaveTheKoala #STKM!

Read more

Metacoda SUGA Live

Tune in to SUGA Live on 23 September

SysAdminDay SAS tweet

We have many things on our minds at the moment, so in case you missed it, System Administrator Appreciation Day was on Friday 31st July.

It’s never too late to show some appreciation to your Sys Admin (and to your SAS Admin since we like to also celebrate SASAdminDay).

If you take a look at these #SysAdminDay tweets you’ll find a common thread… that the System Administrator is crucial in keeping organizations functioning (especially when we’re working from home)… just as the SAS Administrator is crucial in keeping our SAS analytics platforms operational.

Shelley Sessoms, SAS Community Manager for the SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA), used SysAdminDay as an opportunity to launch a special SUGA Live event on September 23 (noon – 4pm ET).
Read more

A tasty SUGA concoction of eggs Florentine, Docker, Tandoori, HaaS and koalas!

SAS Bowl IV - SUGA Bowl

I’ve always loved a good trivia quiz – the friendly competition, adrenalin and camaraderie – so it’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of the monthly SAS Bowl trivia events launched in August.

Thanks to the SAS Communities management team for providing such uplifting events in a year when we need all the connection and positivity we can get. In particular, thanks to SAS Bowl champion, Joe Furbee, who had the vision for the events after playing an internal trivia game at SAS.

Despite usually being at odd hours for me down here in the southern hemisphere, I haven’t missed a SAS Bowls trivia event (and certainly don’t plan to!).

For me it’s a great way to connect with our SAS community, take an uplifting break from the everyday, and have a laugh. Not to mention the opportunity to learn new things and win cool SAS Communities swag.
Read more

A notable November for SAS fans and administrators

Whatever way you look at it, 2020 has certainly been a challenging and notable year, and November will no doubt be a particularly notable month for many. As we move towards the end of the year, we hope the coming year is a better one for us all.

We note there are several SAS events in November that may be of interest to SAS fans and administrators:

SAS Global Forum Executive Connection
  • 5th November 2pm CET – Der Business Analytics Club für SAS User – The online SAS Club is a data science, machine learning and SAS programming information forum and discussion platform for SAS users in Austria and the DACH region. Registration required.
  • 10th November 11am ET – SAS Global Forum – Executive Connection – Part three of the SASGF executive leadership series to help reimagine what the future may hold. A virtual event, aimed at helping business leaders make crucial decisions along the road to recovery. Registration required.
  • 10th November 2pm ET – Aptly named SUGA Bowl, the fourth SAS Bowl will be a fun-filled, admin-themed trivia event for SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA). As a SAS Bowl fan, Michelle Homes is super excited to be co-hosting the event and is looking forward to seeing plenty of friendly competition for cool SAS swag. No need to register – go to the SAS Communities page: SAS Bowl IV, The SUGA Bowl to get the pre-game info and link to join on game day.
  • 12th November all day GMT – SAS Forum UK and Ireland 2020 is the largest online gathering of SAS professionals and analytics experts in the UK & Ireland. Explore the virtual event, join the many sessions, network with your peers, and enjoy the immersive online event experience. Registration required.

  • SAS Nordic Forum
  • 17th November all day CET – SAS Forum Nordics 2020 is a virtual event featuring industry-focused sessions for healthcare, government, banking, insurance, manufacturing and retail, as well as user sessions focused on Visuals; Programming; What’s New & Demos; and AI, Cloud and New Tech. Registration required.
  • 19th November all day CET – SAS Learning Conference is the virtual place to be if you’re interested in reporting or visualization. One full day with three streams and twelve workshops for the SAS 9.4 and SAS Viya platforms. Registration and payment required.
  • 23-25th November 3 days CET – Beyond Tomorrow – SAS CEMEA virtual event for 3 days. Day 1 – Data Science Day, Day 2 – Industry Talks, Day 3 – Executive Experience Day. Registration required and Day 3 is by invitation.
  • 26th November 9am CET – SAS FANS Denmark Platform Netværksmøde meeting for SAS administrators to learn about SAS Environment Manager, DI Studio jobs, SAS Viya 4 and SAS customer experiences. Iain Adamson from ScottishPower and Michelle Homes from Metacoda will be presenting “From cottage industry to critical system! How Metacoda software enables productivity as your SAS platform becomes business critical”

Also noteworthy, is the first edition of SUGA Download – a SAS administration and architect’s newsletter from SAS – due out early November. If you’ve interacted with the SUGA community, attended SUGA Live or watched a SUGA webinar, you should be on the mailing list for the first edition. Otherwise, you can subscribe to the newsletter at the SAS e-newsletters page, after the first edition is released.
Read more

Keeping your SAS platform secure!

SAS platform security is essential in our data-driven world.

Do you regularly monitor and test your SAS security model? With ongoing changes – such as increased adoption, department movement, and organization re-structure – how do you ensure your SAS platform stays secure and people only have access to the data assets they’re supposed to?

Read on for more information about how Metacoda products can help maintain SAS platform security.

SUGA Update

Did you make it to the recent SUGA Live virtual event? If not, you can view the on-demand webinar, slides and Q&A at SUGA in SAS Support Communities.

There you’ll find:
Read more

Don’t miss these SAS events in September (and the chance to help #SaveTheKoala)

Metacoda SUGA Live

Metacoda customers, partners and staff know very well the many benefits that Metacoda Plug-ins software can bring to an organization.

But there’s still nothing quite like the buzz of introducing Metacoda Plug-ins software to someone for the first time, and hearing feedback like this:

“The plug-ins are cool!! They easily help to identify all the metadata and permission information. We are still exploring all the other features available.”

If you know someone who would benefit from using Metacoda Plug-ins software, please tell them about our 30-day free evaluation.


#SaveTheKoala Month

Koala eating at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

It’s no secret that we love koalas here at Metacoda.

If you do too, now’s the perfect time to get involved because September is Save The Koala Month.

Visit the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) website for creative tips about:

  • Fundraising ideas
  • How to be a koala hero
  • Koala-inspired arts and crafts
  • Yummy koala-themed baking!

If you’d like to learn more about the plight of the koala, this article from AKF CEO Deborah Tabat provides a heartfelt account of current events in the world and the critical need to protect koala habitat.

#SaveTheKoala #STKM!

Read more

Tune in to SUGA Live on 23 September

SysAdminDay SAS tweet

We have many things on our minds at the moment, so in case you missed it, System Administrator Appreciation Day was on Friday 31st July.

It’s never too late to show some appreciation to your Sys Admin (and to your SAS Admin since we like to also celebrate SASAdminDay).

If you take a look at these #SysAdminDay tweets you’ll find a common thread… that the System Administrator is crucial in keeping organizations functioning (especially when we’re working from home)… just as the SAS Administrator is crucial in keeping our SAS analytics platforms operational.

Shelley Sessoms, SAS Community Manager for the SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA), used SysAdminDay as an opportunity to launch a special SUGA Live event on September 23 (noon – 4pm ET).
Read more