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Be productive and confident in your SAS data security governance

Metacoda collage - SAS US Regional Conferences 2019

We love feedback and – like most people – we’re particularly encouraged by positive feedback.

So when we recently asked customers about the benefits of using Metacoda software, we were thrilled to hear these top responses:

  • Comprehensive metadata visibility, fast
  • Excellent partnership relationship with a trusted SAS partner
  • Improved security
  • Enhanced metadata security governance and user access management
  • 100% value for money

These sentiments were re-enforced at SAS Forum UK in June, when Iain Adamson from ScottishPower told the audience that Metacoda software can save him a few hours a day.

We welcome you to take a look at our new Enhanced Metadata Visibility flyer based on the above feedback, and let us know what you think.

Cheers,
Michelle


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

Click to watch the #SASForumUK 2019 Metacoda koala video…

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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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Metacoda Social - SAS Forum UK 2019

Prevent security policy gaps in your SAS platform with Metacoda. See you at #SASForumUK!

Metacoda Social - SAS Forum UK 2019

“We are witnessing a renewed focus on data and analytics, driven by the combination of increased computing power, a more connected world and more powerful technologies, like artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing and machine learning.”

We certainly agree with these words from the SAS Global Forum 2019 (SASGF) opening address by Dr Jim Goodnight, SAS Institute CEO.

Metacoda SASGF 2019 stand - many thanks!

With the technological advancements available on the SAS Viya platform, we’ve noticed an increased uptake and Metacoda is also continually investigating and prototyping what’s possible with the SAS Viya APIs.

Please make sure you keep the feedback coming about our products and what you want to see in them; we find the feedback essential in delivering products to help you manage and optimize your SAS platform.

As always, thanks for being part of such a supportive and interactive SAS community; we look forward to seeing many of you in Birmingham at SAS Forum UK on the 25th June.

Cheers,
Michelle
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Mitigate Risk with Enhanced Analytics Platform Security. Join us at SASGF!

Metacoda koalas: Howdy #SASGF! #metacodaInDallas

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.

  Metacoda: SAS Global Forum 2019 Sponsor

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.

Hope to see you all at SASGF in Dallas!

Cheers,
Michelle
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Metacoda SASGF2019 Dallas Social

Y’all ready for SASGF?

The Metacoda koalas are so excited about the upcoming SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas that they’ve dressed up for the occasion!

Metacoda Koalas SASGF 2019

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!

Why attend SASGF?

According to MaryAnne DePesquo, SAS Global Forum (SASGF) 2019 Conference Chair in her 3 things you need to know about SAS Global Forum 2019 blog post, “I don’t think there is a better environment than the SAS Global Forum conference to learn, meet people and explore your career path 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

Metacoda-SAS Nordic Forums 2019 collage

Being a curiosity FAN!

If you’re a fan of curiosity, you’re bound to be a fan of SAS FANS (Four Associations of Nordic SAS users).

SAS FANS are known for hosting inspiring and educational events. Having presented at an Oslo FANS meeting a few years ago (see 12th Oktober 2015), Metacoda has experienced the high level of enthusiasm, connectedness and support within the SAS Nordic community.

We’ll soon be heading north again to attend and sponsor the SAS Nordic Forums (#SASNF) – how could we possibly resist with the enticing theme of ‘Be Curious’!

Be Curious - SAS Forums Nordics

So, if you’re curious about how our products can help you, visit us at our stand at one of the following events:

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Metacoda Koala Christmas social image

Sending festive cheer for the end of the year

Metacoda Koala Christmas social image

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!

Cheers,
Michelle
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SAS Admin Community and Metacoda Koalas

SAS Admin community: Have you joined your tribe?

SAS Admin Community and Metacoda Koalas

The SAS Administrator’s role is at times cherished and other times 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 hums along.

If there are issues with, for instance – performance, tuning, connection, or security; everyone will want to know you. Some SAS administrators have likened the role to that of a cleaner. You’re at the front of everyone’s minds when there’s a mess to be cleaned up, but not given much thought when things are spotless the rest of the time. As SAS analytics expert, Gerhard Svolba, outlines in his blog post, A data scientist, does not make a machine learning model – it’s a team effort.

So, let’s be grateful to all the SAS admins out there – when our SAS analytics platform (services, servers, networks, and databases etc) stop working, the SAS admins certainly don’t! Read more

Metacoda Europe Social Tiles

Embracing the Analytics Economy in Europe

“Data is the fuel, and analytics is the engine of new economy.”

SAS Global Forum ANALYTICS

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!
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Metacoda Koalas with Blue Bear #metacodaInDenver

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

Metacoda SASGF 2018
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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