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). Read more
How about recognizing System Administrator Appreciation Day (#SysAdmin Day), which is held annually on 31 July (this will be the 21st year!).
But what exactly is SysAdmin Day you ask? Well, according to the slightly tongue-in-cheek explanation at www.sysadminday.com, SysAdmin Day is…
“only the single greatest 24 hours on the planet… and pretty much the most important holiday of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who, come rain or shine, prevent disasters, keep IT secure and put out tech fires left and right.”
If you’re like us, you’re probably thinking ‘what a great opportunity to also appreciate our SAS Admins and the often unrecognised work they do to keep our SAS platforms operating to perfection’. Read more
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.
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:
It’s the Metacoda koalas here wanting to share some caring koala-ity news with you…
Firstly, we hope you are all safe and well during this tough time.
While we miss travelling, we feel extremely fortunate that Metacoda is easily able to work remotely, that we can still get outside for a morning run, and that we have the technology to stay in touch with our friends and family around the world.
Two of the many things we miss, from our koala perspective, are a) good news and b) nature, so we thought we’d bring you a bit of both in this message…
Although it seems like forever ago, it’s just five months since huge bushfires devastated lives, livelihoods, homes, bushland and wildlife in many parts of Australia. As you may have seen on the global news, our koala friends suffered terribly. Read more
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!”.
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.
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.
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.
In any community things tend to run most smoothly when each of us finds a role that best suits our strengths and preferences.
For me – as someone who loves socializing and connecting – my role in the SAS community has evolved into what some have referred to as a ‘cheerleader’.
Fortunately this is a role I relish, and I’m so grateful to those who recognize and support me for doing what comes naturally!
I’m also grateful to SAS users around the world who are doing their bit to nurture our wonderfully connected SAS community. The gratitude and support that we give each other is part of the glue that keeps this community so robust.
Another important part of the glue is the many events that help us to meet, share and grow. We’re big fans of SAS events and SAS User Groups and encourage everyone to join in however you can. (Find a group here)
When it comes to the in-person events – which are still so important in this digital age – the recent SAS US Regional Conferences were a highlight on the US SAS calendar.
While I wasn’t able to attend, I was so glad to be able to support the events as a SAS community advocate and sponsor, and to be represented by our furry friends, the Metacoda Koalas. (Meeting people IRL – in real life – is certainly where human connections happen, but tweets like this are the next best thing for feeling connected!) Read more