Metacoda Plug-ins

Metacoda | Security is a Journey

Who has access to what?

Metacoda has the answers…

Over the last few months we’ve noticed an increase in questions in the SAS community that can be easily answered by Metacoda software. Questions such as…

  • who has access to a SAS metadata object/server/folder etc?
  • how do I create SAS metadata reports showing access, role and capability, logins?
  • can I compare differences between SAS environments/versions or platforms (and prevent a restore from backup with potential loss of data assets)?
  • is there a no-code solution to sync AD identities into SAS 9 platform?
  • what’s the easiest way to query SAS metadata?

Sound familiar?

Here are some examples of specific SAS User Group for Administrators (SUGA) questions: 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 Koalas with Blue Bear #metacodaInDenver

How Metacoda can help keep your SAS platform secure. See us at SASGF!

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SASGF 2018 Sponsor

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!

Cheers,
Michelle
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Message from our Metacoda Koalas

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G’day Metacoda followers,

It’s the Metacoda koalas here!

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!).

Helping koalas

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).

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And did you know that September is Save the Koala Month (#STKM2016)?

So what better time to get involved with AKF – you can visit their website to:

  • purchase merchandise
  • make a donation
  • plant a tree
  • adopt a koala (you can’t take it home with you, but you can take one of us home if you want!)

Alternatively, you can chat to our Metacoda humans, Michelle or Paul, about how to get involved. They are really big koala fans (just as we’re really big Metacoda fans)!

Which leads us to our other favourite thing…

Meeting SAS users and spreading the message about Metacoda

Our other ‘favourite thing’ is travelling the world meeting SAS users and spreading the message about Metacoda.

We’ll be setting off later this month with Metacoda, to sponsor and present at a few SAS events in the UK and Europe in September and October. We’ll be sharing Read more

Launching Metacoda Plug-ins 6.0: Try it today!

Metacoda Plug-ins 6 Launch

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

Metacoda listed in CIO Review magazine’s top 20

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If you check out CIO Review’s magazine list of the 20 Most Promising SAS® Solution Providers 2016, we’re pleased to say that you will again find Metacoda – among an impressive list of well-known organizations who all add value to SAS customers.

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,

5258 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.

Taking Metacoda Innovation to Europe!

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What a global year we’re having at Metacoda!

Having already been part of SAS Global Forum in Dallas, SAS Forum Deutschland, SAS Forum UK and SAS Users of New Zealand, we’re heading back to Europe in October.

As Australians, we’re pleased to be making the most of our long journey by visiting three different SAS events in three beautiful countries:

  • Netherlands for the SAS Forum (as sponsor)
  • Denmark for the SAS Forum (as sponsor and presenter)
  • Norway to visit their user group, Foreningen av Norske SAS-brukere (FANS) (as presenter).

The aim of our trip is to meet SAS customers, to learn how the communities use SAS software, and to share our innovative latest version, Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0. The new version includes powerful new features and additional functionality, including the Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in, and enhancements to our Metacoda Testing Framework, Metacoda Security Plug-ins and free Metacoda Utilities.

We’ve had some great feedback so far and look forward to talking in person with some of our northern European customers in October.

Read on to see where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing (and don’t forget Read more

Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0 Now Available!

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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

Metacoda Plug-ins 5.0 BETA: Q&A

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