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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.
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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:
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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!

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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).
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#SASGF virtual conference on demand

Strength in numbers and keeping in touch 🐨

Michelle and the Metacoda Koalas waiting for virtual SASGF to start at 1am

A lot has certainly changed since our March newsletter!

On a positive note, we’ve seen ‘strength in numbers’ as people have come together to meet collective challenges. We’ve also witnessed a new respect for the ‘strength in numbers’ as the eyes of the world have turned towards data and analytics for answers and direction.

As an analytics leader, SAS® gives customers The Power to Know®, and to make a difference. The SAS COVID-19 Data Analytics Resource Hub, for instance, is using 40+ years of SAS strength to help businesses navigate current challenges.

Thankfully, many of the gaps left by cancelled or postponed events have been filled by creative online alternatives: free training, #SASVirtualFriday (including The Never Normal), SAS Forum Digital #sasf20 (a virtual event replacing SAS Forum Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Ask The Expert webinars, SAS Nordic Hotline and many more.

As we mentioned in our earlier blog post, we were very excited about attending SAS Global Forum in Washington and were amazed to see how the SAS Global Forum team transformed the event into an inspiring three-part virtual experience including:

  • Free sessions available on the SAS Users YouTube channel
  • An on-demand Executive Connection
  • A virtual event with a wide array of sessions and topics delivered in an Auditorium, Lounge and virtual Quad (exhibit hall) with technology booths.

So – while we may not be able to actually touch – we’re grateful to have been able to keep in touch in this physically distanced world.

We look even more forward to catching up in-person in 2021… until then, be sure to say g’day on your preferred social channel!

Big virtual koala hugs,
Michelle
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Metacoda testimonial: productive and efficient - Evgeny Rogozik, Curtin University

Flourish in doing great things with data, with analytics and with SAS

Metacoda SASGF 2020 social

Here at Metacoda we’re loving the theme for the upcoming SAS Global Forum (SASGF): Do Great Things – With Data. With Analytics. With SAS. As a long-term SAS partner and SAS Global Forum (SASGF) sponsor, we’ve seen first hand how SAS Institute has continually supported the SAS community to do great things.

We’ve seen communities bloom (just as we hope to see the Washington cherry blossoms bloom!) when companies use SAS to maximize the power of their data – collating, manipulating, cleansing, analysing and accessing insights.

Now we’re looking forward to seeing many more examples – and opportunities for learning – as we count down to #SASGF in Washington on 29th March – 1st April.

If you’re also lucky enough to be attending, make sure you visit our Metacoda stand in the Partner Village in The Quad. Ask us how we can help you keep your SAS platform secure, taste test our Aussie treats, grab your very own cherry blossom-themed Metacoda Koala 🐨🌸, or just say “Hi!”.

Cheers,
Michelle
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Metacoda koalas with cherry blossoms for SASGF 2020

Flash your #SASGF badge on social!

Counting down to #SASGF (29 March – 1 April)…

Metacoda SASGF 2020 social

With SAS Global Forum (SASGF) in Washington, DC, next month, it’s time to get excited and start counting down!

To help you prepare, we’ve put together some of our top tips to ensure you have a fun and productive SASGF experience…

1) Join the pre-conference activitives NOW in the SASGF 2020 community. Post questions, share ideas and connect with attendees before you arrive in Washington, DC. In the SASGF community an announcement will be made when the SASGF app is available for you to set up your agenda, connect and be social too.

SAS Global Forum 2020, I'm a sponsor badge

2) Flash your #SASGF badge on social channels to promote the event and let people know you’re involved. To download the badge, go to SAS Global Forum Social & Community.

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Metacoda Christmas 2019 social

Celebrate the festive season with the confidence of a secure SAS platform

Metacoda Christmas 2019 social

As you’ve probably gathered, we love connecting with the SAS community, especially our Metacoda customers!

If you haven’t already, please take a few moments to fill in our survey about your plans with SAS® Viya® and how Metacoda can help meet your needs.

So far, common survey themes include securing the SAS platform, and the value that Metacoda provides. So if you haven’t yet experienced Metacoda software, consider giving yourself the gift of a free trial after the holiday season.

Greetings to all and happy new year from the Metacoda team! We look forward to helping to make sure that 2020 brings you the confidence of a secure SAS platform.

Cheers,
Michelle
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Metacoda Koala

Metacoda Survey about your SAS® Viya® plans

Don’t you just love finding that special tool that makes your life easier?

In the early 2000’s we found ourselves performing repetitive manual tasks to find metadata in our consulting work supporting SAS customers. We discovered there was a broad demand amongst other SAS platform administrators for improved access to metadata, and it would be mutually beneficial for the SAS community for us to become a SAS partner.

So in 2007, Metacoda was established as a SAS partner and we started work on developing Metacoda Plug-ins for the SAS 9 platform.

Since then, Metacoda has expanded around the world and we’ve continued to develop new software features to meet the needs of SAS customers. With the release of SAS Viya, we can see there are further opportunities to provide value-added tools on the SAS Viya platform. To assist us with our future product planning, please spend a few minutes to share your feedback, experiences and thoughts in a Metacoda Survey about your SAS Viya plans.

Many thanks in advance!

#MetacodaTip social - koala at desk
#SASForumUK metacoda booth - paul demonstrating

Imagine saving a few hours a day in your SAS admin work!

“How much time does Metacoda save you per week?”

#SASForumUK Iain Adamson presentation tweet

This question was asked of Iain Adamson from ScottishPower following his presentation, “From cottage industry to critical system! How Metacoda software enables productivity as your SAS platform becomes business critical”, which he presented with Michelle Homes from Metacoda at SAS Forum UK on 25th June.

Iain’s response – “while the time varies, it can be a few hours a day” – certainly seemed to impress the audience. (Not such a surprise for us though, given that we’ve been helping SAS administrators to be more productive since 2007 🙂)

Many thanks to Iain and his manager, Duncan Bain, for enthusiastically sharing their Metacoda software journey, and highlighting a few of their favourite tools:

  • Metacoda Password Encoder – Easily creates encoded/encrypted passwords without requiring access to a SAS coding interface. This helps to ensure there are no plain text passwords in the production environment.
  • Metacoda ACT Reviewer – Allows admins to quickly see the Access Control Templates, how they’ve been defined, where they have been applied, and how they may have been protected. Warning indicators identify potential issues where deviations from recommended practices have occurred.
  • Metacoda Identity Sync – ScottishPower believe the Metacoda Identity Sync Plug-in was the only practical way for them to on-board their users to the SAS platform with their Active Directory profiles.
  • Metacoda User Reviewer – Provides a comprehensive, whole-of-server view of a selected user. Being able to see the identity hierarchy in a tree view is very helpful and saves time.
  • Metacoda Identity Permissions Explorer – With just a few clicks, generate a report of what a user has access to. ScottishPower was able to review its effective permissions across multiple objects (folders, libraries, stored processes, reports etc), and be confident that their SAS metadata security model was as expected.

To find out more about how Metacoda can help a growing business, you can see the full presentation here.

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