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.
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.
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 is excited to once again be a SAS Global Forum (SASGF) sponsor (our seventh consecutive year!) And with a conference theme of Inspire the Extraordinary, it’s guaranteed to be an exceptional time!
Last year Charyn Faenza from First National Bank, and I, presented SAS Metadata Security 301: Auditing your SAS Environment, where we described security as a journey rather than a destination. We showed how Metacoda software can help you regularly review environments, protect resources, comply with security auditing requirements, and quickly and easily answer the question ‘who has access to what?’.
So where are you in your SAS platform security journey? How do you make sure your data assets are protected to meet regulatory and business compliance? If you’re going to SASGF, make sure you visit the Metacoda stand in The Quad to learn how we can help you keep your SAS platform secure. While you’re there, make sure you grab one of our true blue Metacoda koalas.
Or, if you’re not going to SASGF, feel free to contact us any time – we’re always keen to help our fellow SAS users!
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
You’ve probably seen us at a Metacoda stand, on social media, or mentioned at the end of a blog post… But we thought it was time to do our very own blog post so we can get to know each other a little better.
We’d like to start by telling you a bit about our two favourite things (besides eating gum leaves and sleeping, of course!).
Our first favourite thing is helping our real koala friends.
In particular, we like to support the work of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They work really hard to protect koalas and their habitat, and they are even lobbying to introduce a Koala Protection Act similar to the Bald Eagle Act (enacted in the US in 1942).
Metacoda is excited to announce that the latest version of our Metacoda Plug-ins – version 6 – is ready to roll and even better than ever!
The new release has been a really positive experience, with highlights including:
The opportunity to include customer enhancement requests.
Additions that make it even quicker and easier to manage SAS metadata and security, especially when it comes to tracing permissions, synchronizing identities, and configuring roles and capabilities.
A really productive beta-testing phase (many thanks to everyone who helped!).
Snapshot of Metacoda Plug-ins 6.0
New Permissions Tracer Plug-in: A new plug-in that enables you to trace permissions and access controls for a combination of a metadata object and a metadata identity (user or group). This will help you to understand where effective permissions are Read more
In the CIO Review article, Metacoda co-founder, Michelle Homes, talks about the motivations that drive our business and the many ways we are helping SAS users around the world, including how:
a long-term hands-on involvement with SAS products helps us to understand customer needs
our products help support the SAS philosophy that a stronger offense is the best defense when it comes to information security
Metacoda Plug-ins save time and money for organisations by making SAS metadata more visible, and eliminating the need for complex code to manage, review, troubleshoot, document, test and audit your SAS platform installation with confidence
the new Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in can easily import, check and synchronize identity-related SAS metadata with enterprise directories.
Importantly, we’d like to thank our staff, customers, partners and friends for your terrific support.
As the CIO Review article sums up,
we value networks and know that ongoing open communication with customers is the lifeblood of our business. Being a part of the SAS community is very important to us, both professionally and personally, and we love being active on social media and in the SAS forums and blogs. Hope to see you online soon! Michelle Homes, Founder, Metacoda
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, please contact us or one of our partners and/or visit our stand in The Quad at SAS Global Forum 2016 in April. We look forward to hearing from you!
PS If you’re coming to SAS Global Forum 2016, make sure you come along to the #SASGF #TweetUp event, which we’re co-hosting on the Monday evening.
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