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.
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
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… Read more
New External Identity Manager plug-in: a new plug-in to assist with identity synchronization between SAS and Microsoft Active Directory (and other LDAP servers).
New Key Export feature in the Identity Sync plug-in: provides the ability to export a CSV file containing a variety of external identity keys (e.g. objectGUID, objectSid, sAMAccountName, distinguishedName) for all discovered external identities.
Numerous enhancements to the Identity Sync plug-in with report extracts, options.
New Metadata Security Testing Framework tests have been added:
<RequireFoundationRepositoryACT/>: a new recommended practice test to verify the Foundation repository has a Repository ACT.
<AllowNoDirectFoundationRepositoryACTUsage/>: a new recommended practice test to verify the Foundation Repository ACT has not been directly applied to any metadata objects (it is indirectly applied to all metadata objects at the top of their object inheritance paths).
<AuthDomains/>: new implementation tests as exported by the new Auth Domain Reviewer plug-in.
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!
P.S. Be sure to read the Metacoda Koala’s message at the end. Read more
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
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.
These are the words of Oliver Schabenberger (SAS® CTO & COO), who at SAS Global Forum 2018 discussed with Dr Jim Goodnight (SAS CEO & President) about the evolution of analytics and its exciting future.
In an interview with Karin Reed, Dr Goodnight highlighted that the power of machines has drastically evolved; from punch card data entry, to the millions of sensors on the network for monitoring and analysis.
As fast as machines are, we keep coming up with algorithms that need more. Analytics keeps pushing technology, including automation, connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, which are all part of the SAS portfolio with the SAS Viya and SAS 9 platform.
Modern forms of AI are built on advanced analytics technologies, with SAS software playing an important role in:
helping customers to embed AI, machine learning and advanced analytics into their work
making data preparation more enjoyable, repeatable, and efficient
and, allowing customers to spend more time on the high-value component of their jobs.
Analytics: a transformative technology
‘It’s Time to Get In The Know’ is the theme of the upcoming SAS Forum UK, and is reflected in similar themes at other SAS forums in May and June.
The theme is certainly true when it comes to embracing analytics and the intelligence it brings; it’s time to make this transformative technology a reality! Read more