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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
P.S. Be sure to read the Metacoda Koala’s message at the end. Read more

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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Metacoda SASGF 2018

Security compliance: moving beyond ‘set and forget’ at SASGF

We’re all aware of the many and varied regulations for your digital assets that exist across our different industries and countries. Addressing compliance generally also includes an analysis and assessment of data security. What do you have in place to ensure your data related assets remain secure and compliant?

As your business grows and your SAS environment evolves, how do you ensure continued regulatory compliance, business confidence, and alignment with a change in design specifications?

Can you afford to ‘set and forget’ your initial security implementation? Read more

Here’s what 72 SAS admins told us…

At Metacoda we like to know as much as possible about how SAS admins work, so that we can better plan our business and products to best meet your needs.

And what better way to find out than by simply asking?

So in October we ran a SAS® Administrator Survey on Metadata Security.

A huge THANKS to everyone who filled in the survey, giving us a really useful set of information and comments.

In total we had 72 responses, with an average completion rate of 92%, and a typical fill-in time of about 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

The survey was conducted using SurveyMonkey where they’ve analyzed the results and produced the following charts. <side note>Naturally, there was a temptation to do the analysis in SAS and to create a SAS Visual Analytics dashboard.</side note>

As promised, here’s a snapshot of the results (anonymous, of course). Read more