This month we reflect on the fact that in a non-COVID-19 world, we would have been sponsoring and experiencing the Nordic SAS Forums in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark during May.
Of course, we’d hoped that these SAS community events could be held later in 2020 (as originally announced), but we’ve recently learned that all SAS face-to-face events will now understandably be delayed until March 2021.
This year, we’ll really miss catching up with our wonderful Nordic friends – and travelling to this beautiful part of the world, – however we’re excited that the SAS Nordic User Group Managers will still be offering plenty of great virtual events. 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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
As 2017 ends and the festive season approaches we want to wish peace, joy and love to you and your families. We hope your 2017 reflection is one of success and happiness.
In thinking about the year – and the 10 years Metacoda has been operating – Paul and I feel very humbled to reflect on the benefits our customers have shared with us, and our contribution to the SAS community. In gives us great joy to contemplate where we were 11 years ago – brainstorming the plug-ins and tools – to where we are today. We’d like to thank our team, customers, partners, and friends for your support and alliance, and we look forward to continuing the Metacoda journey together in 2018.
As Colonel Chris Hadfield said at SAS Global Forum in April, “Love every step along the way. Life is not about your grand mission statements, it’s about what you do next”…