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
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.
SAS Institute has been sharing the power of analytics for more than 40 years, and now – with advancements in technology – more businesses than ever are realising the true value of data.
In his compelling invitation Charles Senabulya, VP and Country Manager for SAS UKI, explains that SAS Forum UK will focus on stories from customers about HOW they are bringing analytics to life in extraordinary ways every day.
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
The Metacoda koalas are so excited about the upcoming SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas that they’ve dressed up for the occasion!
To embrace ‘The Lone Star State’ – as Texas is known – the koalas are donning brown cowboy hats and a blue star on their jackets.
The blue star is also well known as the beloved logo of the Dallas Cowboys football team, where it represents the team’s calm composed approach, extraordinary sportsmanship, excellence and grace… all great traits that the koalas are keen to promote in the SAS community!
While technology may have changed a lot since the SAS community first gathered together at SAS.ONE in 1976, the aim remains the same. As per its mission statement, SAS Global Forum champions the needs of SAS users worldwide to help them learn, connect and grow. 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.