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Paul demonstrating Metacoda software to Tamara Barker at SASGF 2019

Power to do Good: bringing analytics to life at #SASGF

Chris Hemedinger SASGF Facial Recognition Demo Tweet

When more than 6,000 SAS users came together at SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas, it was clear that we are living in exciting times, full of potential!

Dr Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO, set the scene perfectly in the opening session:
“We are witnessing a renewed focus on data and analytics, driven by the combination of increased computing power, a more connected world and more powerful technologies, like artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning.”

To support his words, he blew us away with a live facial recognition demonstration, using an enthusiastic group of volunteers (including Metacoda’s Michelle Homes) and a model TinyYOLO v2. The model essentially converts each face into a vector of 512 floating point numbers, looks it up using nearest neighbour, and then returns a name. But obviously behind the scenes there’s a lot more going on: the facial recognition uses approximately 11 million parameters… with more than 22 million floating point operations that have to occur on a workstation with 2 GPUs… which sends the data to SAS Viya running ESP on 4 GPUs… which sends the pixels in the bounding box into a model that has 55 million parameters from FaceNet! If you’re intrigued, please see Dr Goodnight’s opening session presentation for yourself (and notice that even funny faces can’t fool that clever underlying algorithm!) 😉

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Mitigate Risk with Enhanced Analytics Platform Security. Join us at SASGF!

Metacoda koalas: Howdy #SASGF! #metacodaInDallas

As we’ve noted before, the SAS administrator’s role can be cherished, admired, forgotten, loathed or even ignored – sometimes all in the course of a single day!

However, there is one thing that remains constant: the success of SAS Analytics relies on how well the platform performs.

  Metacoda: SAS Global Forum 2019 Sponsor

So, let’s be grateful to all the SAS admins out there – when our SAS analytics stop working, the SAS admins certainly don’t!

One of the things we love most about SAS Global Forum (SASGF) is the way it brings together the SAS admins and wider community to learn, share and connect so everyone can keep their SAS platforms running smoothly.

Hope to see you all at SASGF in Dallas!

Cheers,
Michelle
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Paul presenting at SASNF Oslo

Cool Curiosity at SAS Nordic Forums 2019

Jacob Knobel at SASNF Copenhagen

Thanks SAS Nordic Forums for sharing your inspiration, information, community and cool curiosity!

With too many highlights to mention, you certainly fulfilled the theme of ‘Be Curious’.

From the Nordic Hackathon competition in February, through to the jury and attendee voting at the forums, and the wonderful Data Science Escape Room at each event, it’s no surprise the SAS Nordic community is growing and thriving.

The keynote speakers, including Jacob Knobel and Stefan Hyttfors, particularly embraced curiosity in the way they shared their stories.

Beginning with an anecdote about what his son did for work during his university break, Stefan’s humorous and entrepreneurial tale used past advances in technology, to prompt us to think about the future.

He then left us pondering the question of ethics and technology with the suggestion that… rather than fearing artificial intelligence, we should fear human intelligence.

As Albert Einstein famously said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Note: The good news is that all the fabulous presentations from the SAS Nordic Forums are now available to download at the SAS Nordic Community site.


Community. Co-operation. Collaboration

#SASNF Stockholm - Michelle Homes on stage

Whenever we attend a SAS event, we like to connect as much as possible to make the most of the community, cooperation and collaboration.

In addition to sponsoring the events and meeting up with new and old friends, Metacoda enjoyed a few other fun roles…
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Metacoda SASGF2019 Dallas Social

Y’all ready for SASGF?

The Metacoda koalas are so excited about the upcoming SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas that they’ve dressed up for the occasion!

Metacoda Koalas SASGF 2019

To embrace ‘The Lone Star State’ – as Texas is known – the koalas are donning brown cowboy hats and a blue star on their jackets.
The blue star is also well known as the beloved logo of the Dallas Cowboys football team, where it represents the team’s calm composed approach, extraordinary sportsmanship, excellence and grace… all great traits that the koalas are keen to promote in the SAS community!

Why attend SASGF?

According to MaryAnne DePesquo, SAS Global Forum (SASGF) 2019 Conference Chair in her 3 things you need to know about SAS Global Forum 2019 blog post, “I don’t think there is a better environment than the SAS Global Forum conference to learn, meet people and explore your career path in the SAS community.”

While technology may have changed a lot since the SAS community first gathered together at SAS.ONE in 1976, the aim remains the same. As per its mission statement, SAS Global Forum champions the needs of SAS users worldwide to help them learn, connect and grow. Read more

Metacoda Koala Christmas social image

Sending festive cheer for the end of the year

Metacoda Koala Christmas social image

As 2018 comes to an end, we get great pleasure from reflecting on all the people who play a special role in our lives – our family, our friends, our colleagues – and, of course, our great big global SAS community, who are often like an extended family for us.

Thank you, as always, for your support and we look forward to a happy and healthy new year together in 2019.

Meanwhile, we wish you and your loved ones the best present of all: to be able to spend time together enjoying life.

For our family, that will involve air conditioning, the beach and swimming pools as we try to cope with the Australian heat, although we suspect things might be a little different in the northern hemisphere. :-)

So regardless of how you’re spending your holiday season, we hope it’s full of festive cheer loaded with peace, joy and love!

Cheers,
Michelle
P.S. Be sure to read the Metacoda Koala’s message at the end. Read more

Metacoda Koalas Gratefulness

Metacoda Koala Family - About Us

G’day!

As the year comes to an end, we wanted to say a special great big koala thanks to our less-furry friends for all your support!

We also wanted to show you the following video we made about our adventures in recent years. We’re a bit unusual in our love of adventure given that our real-live koala cousins in Australia don’t like to venture far from their favourite eucalypt tree (since it’s the only food they eat!).

We hope the clip brings back some happy memories and puts a smile on your face. Read more

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Supporting the SAS community to help keep your SAS platform secure

Metacoda SAS US regional conferences social
SAS Admin Community and Metacoda Koalas

Metacoda has been meeting the needs of SAS platform administrators and users with our customer-driven productivity tools, since 2007. It’s been an enjoyable 11 years supporting the SAS community by:

  • sponsoring SAS events around the world
  • helping out in the SAS Users Group for Adminstrators (SUGA) community
  • assisting members in communities.sas.com
  • sharing knowledge and thought leadership through conference presentations, blog posts and webinars
  • connecting and making friends on social, and in person.

Take a look at our recent blog post “SAS Admin Community: Have you joined your tribe?”, and let us know your thoughts. What do you like about the SAS community and how do you connect with it? Read more

Michelle and Paul lanyards at the SAS events

Our European Analytics Intelligence Adventure

In May we wrote about how much we were looking forward to Embracing the Analytics Economy in Europe. Well, the trip sure lived up to our expectations!

Over four weeks we travelled to seven countries, sponsored six SAS Forums and user conferences, attended a SAS Business Forum, and visited the SAS office in Dublin. We enjoyed every minute of it! We loved being part of the SAS ecosystem of customers, partners and employees, and embracing all the learning, sharing and inspiration. There were a few times when we wished we had our very own real time translator; however, even when we didn’t fully understand the language, the stories of analytics success were still loud and clear.

Inspiration and creativity

Our journey gave us the opportunity to hear many inspirational speakers share their thought leadership and experiences using SAS software to solve business challenges.

A particularly thought-provoking presentation for us was by Martha Rehnberg from Dare Disrupt at the SAS Business Forum Oslo. Read more

Metacoda SASGF 2018 Interview

Analytics Platform Success!

Metacoda Hello

With a third of the year having already flown by, we hope you’re well on the way to meeting your goals for 2018…

Metacoda’s year has been fantastic, thanks largely to our supportive community – your patronage, interest and friendship inspire us!

Contact us any time via your favourite channel to say g’day, share your Metacoda koala antics, ask questions, provide feedback on our software, or simply keep us updated about your SAS® platform success.

See you in person or online soon!

Cheers,
Michelle
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SASGF Metacoda collage

A true blue un”bear”lievable SAS Global Forum

SASGF Metacoda collage
SASGF Metacoda collage
Last month we wrote about how much we were looking forward to being a SAS Global Forum (SASGF) 2018 sponsor in April 8-11.

Well, it certainly lived up to our expectations. Every moment was extraordinary; particularly the time spent connecting with customers, partners, supporters, and friends.

It was such a pleasure to cross paths with so many wonderful people – whether in person, on Twitter, at the Metacoda stand, in the hallways (or streets), via networking sessions, or at the magnificent Kick Back Party.

We hope you and your new “true blue” Metacoda koalas had an un”bear”lievable time too! Make sure you check out the photos in our Metacoda in Denver Facebook album and please tag yourself!

520 partners…

We kicked off our SASGF experience with the SAS Partner Forum where the largest crowd of partner representatives (520 partners!) heard from SAS experts, executives, and industry thought leaders. We learned all about the latest on technology, product updates, and how to maximize the benefits of SAS partnership. It certainly set the scene for the insights, brilliance, and experiences to follow…
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