It’s us – the Metacoda koalas back again full of effervescence, enthusiasm, and excitement for the year ahead – 2018!
We hope your festive season was as relaxing and fun as ours. For us, it was the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep (we koalas need 20 hours sleep per day, you know?!) and to reflect on the amazing year just past.
2017 was definitely overflowing with magical moments, and we have managed to narrow it down to a short list of highlights to share with you below.
Of course, the next step is to create even more marvellous Metacoda koala memories with you in the year ahead… Read more
We’ve recently returned from a fantastic first trip to Canada, presenting at SAS user group meetings and enjoying that famous Canadian friendliness.
Statistics Canada is a Metacoda customer and their project lead SAS administrator, Joel Orr, is also the SAS Ottawa Platform Users Society (OPUS) president. After invitations from Joel – and Matt Malczewski, Communities Manager for SAS Canada – we were delighted that the timing finally worked out for us to present at the following events in Canada:
Golden Horseshoe SAS Users Group (GHSUG): 17 November
One of the secrets to enhancing products is knowing what our user community want. It’d be great if you could spare a few minutes to answer some questions. This will help us get some more insights into how SAS administrators work that we can also use with our product planning.
We will publish the anonymous results on the Metacoda blog when the survey is finished.
One of the ways we support our Metacoda partners is with face-to-face knowledge transfer sessions, where we provide comprehensive updates about our products.
While in the UK in June, we were fortunate to be able to schedule one of these sessions with Amadeus Software. As a Metacoda partner since 2011, Amadeus recommends our products whenever a customer can benefit from automated security integration and auditability. Amadeus say their customers are most often introduced to Metacoda as part of their SAS platform delivery service. Amadeus delivers SAS security with auditable access to data and SAS functionality, and integrated user and group security with Active Directory or LDAP.
Through our partnership we’ve been able to help customers with a range of complex environments – including a hybrid of three Active Directory domains – and have enhanced Metacoda software to benefit other customers in addressing these real-world challenges.
Highlights from our knowledge sharing session…
Our presentation to Amadeus covered Metacoda Security Plug-ins, including our latest, the Permissions Tracer Plug-in. Time-poor SAS administrators love the Permissions Tracer because it means Read more
Earlier this month, we set off to the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway on the promise of SAS innovation, and we certainly weren’t disappointed!
We met so many wonderful customers and SAS users, we talked to partners and the community, and we learned about the latest developments from experts in the field. We were excited to see first-hand how Metacoda is helping our global customers to manage, review, troubleshoot, document, audit and test their SAS platform installations.
It certainly makes all the hard work worthwhile when you’re on the other side of the world and SAS Administrators tell you Read more
After a successful beta testing phase, we’re pleased to announce the availability of Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0 for use with SAS® Software versions 9.4, 9.3 and 9.2. Our beta testers provided some great feedback, including several examples of how it has improved their productivity. In one instance we were told that the new Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in enabled Active Directory synchronization to be set up in less than an hour after having previously spent 3 days of coding and troubleshooting (with still more coding to do). Furthermore, the plug-in provided value-added features, beyond the code, such as a visual preview of the changes, support for large and heavily nested groups, tag-deletion, and an audit report of the changes made. At Metacoda we love to code, but we know that many busy SAS administrators don’t have time for it. This was one of the primary reasons we built this plug-in, so it’s great to hear how much coding time it has been saving already.
Other feedback we’ve received included Leslie, who said on he was “WOW”ed on LinkedIn, and Quentin who found the Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in “worked like a charm”. Thanks to both Leslie and Quentin for publicly sharing their experiences on social media, and a big thank you to all our customers and beta testers in the lead up to our V5 release! We very much appreciate the time and feedback you provided.
Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0 includes some powerful new features and Read more
We’re delighted to announce the BETA version of Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0 is now available for those who are interested in testing it out and getting an early look; it includes our much anticipated Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in. We demonstrated this new plug-in at SAS® Global Forum 2015 in April; and have incorporated much of the great feedback we received.
We’ve also had some questions from SAS customers, asking about V5, particularly how they can benefit from using the Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in. Here are the answers to your most popular questions.
How can the Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in help me with identity synchronization?
The Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in provides an easy way for SAS platform administrators to keep a targeted subset of identities (users, groups and roles) for their SAS environment in-sync with enterprise directories such as Microsoft’s Active Directory (AD). The friendly, Read more
Metacoda were excited to attend this year’s SAS Forum UK held in the Shard in London and we look forward to the next event in Manchester.
It was a great opportunity to catch-up with our customers, partners and friends. We’d especially like to thank all those who took the time to talk to us and hear more about how we help SAS software users and companies maintain a secure SAS platform.
The Metacoda koalas enjoyed their trip too, and had great fun riding on the London Underground. In fact, a couple of them have stayed over to Read more