SAS Global Forum

#SASGF virtual conference on demand

Strength in numbers and keeping in touch 🐨

Michelle and the Metacoda Koalas waiting for virtual SASGF to start at 1am

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.

Thankfully, many of the gaps left by cancelled or postponed events have been filled by creative online alternatives: free training, #SASVirtualFriday (including The Never Normal), SAS Forum Digital #sasf20 (a virtual event replacing SAS Forum Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Ask The Expert webinars, SAS Nordic Hotline and many more.

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:

  • Free sessions available on the SAS Users YouTube channel
  • An on-demand Executive Connection
  • A virtual event with a wide array of sessions and topics delivered in an Auditorium, Lounge and virtual Quad (exhibit hall) with technology booths.

So – while we may not be able to actually touch – we’re grateful to have been able to keep in touch in this physically distanced world.

We look even more forward to catching up in-person in 2021… until then, be sure to say g’day on your preferred social channel!

Big virtual koala hugs,
Michelle
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Michelle Homes videotag SASGF

Tag, you’re it! Learn about the Infinite Game at #SASGF.

Oliver Schabenberger videotag SASGF

In the lead up to the virtual SAS Global Forum (SASGF) 2020 event on June 16, SAS CTO/COO, Oliver Schabenberger shared on LinkedIn one of the books on his top reading recommendations earlier this year is The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek and that he has the privilege in speaking with the inspiring author and optimist in a conversation on June 16. As part of the lead up to the event, he then commences a #videotag game asking David Macdonald, SAS Chief Sales Officer what inspires him.
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Metacoda Nordic SAS Forums collage

Impacting people, communities and our planet…

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.
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Staying in Brisbane during March 2020 #metacodaNotInDC

Koala-ity cuddles

Hello human friends,

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…

Anwen koala with burns

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.
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cherry blossom Metacoda Koalas with Aussie treats

SASGF 2020 in DC becomes a virtual conference

SASGF 2020 Virtual Conference - No Date

After careful consideration of the evolving concerns around COVID-19, SAS Institute has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person SAS Global Forum (SASGF) conference in DC and transform it into a special virtual event.

In her LinkedIn article SASGF 2020 conference chair, Lisa Mendez, shared her disappointment, but stressed that she will continue working with the amazing conference team to “Do Great Things. With Us. Virtually.”
Metacoda shared our similar feelings in a comment on Lisa’s post:
“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.” Thank you Lisa, SAS and all the supporters to continue the enthusiasm, energy, learning and community spirit #SASGF brings. Whilst we will deeply miss the value of an in person event, it’s important to ensure the SAS community remains healthy. Thank you for making this wise and difficult decision and I look forward to your future posts as you and the team all now prepare for an uncharted approach to SASGF.

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Metacoda testimonial: productive and efficient - Evgeny Rogozik, Curtin University

Flourish in doing great things with data, with analytics and with SAS

Metacoda SASGF 2020 social

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!”.

Cheers,
Michelle
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Metacoda koalas with cherry blossoms for SASGF 2020

Flash your #SASGF badge on social!

Counting down to #SASGF (29 March – 1 April)…

Metacoda SASGF 2020 social

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.

SAS Global Forum 2020, I'm a sponsor badge

2) Flash your #SASGF badge on social channels to promote the event and let people know you’re involved. To download the badge, go to SAS Global Forum Social & Community.

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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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Paul demonstrating Metacoda software to Tamara Barker at SASGF 2019

Power to do Good: bringing analytics to life at #SASGF

Chris Hemedinger SASGF Facial Recognition Demo Tweet

When more than 6,000 SAS users came together at SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas, it was clear that we are living in exciting times, full of potential!

Dr Jim Goodnight, SAS CEO, set the scene perfectly in the opening session:
“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.”

To support his words, he blew us away with a live facial recognition demonstration, using an enthusiastic group of volunteers (including Metacoda’s Michelle Homes) and a model TinyYOLO v2. The model essentially converts each face into a vector of 512 floating point numbers, looks it up using nearest neighbour, and then returns a name. But obviously behind the scenes there’s a lot more going on: the facial recognition uses approximately 11 million parameters… with more than 22 million floating point operations that have to occur on a workstation with 2 GPUs… which sends the data to SAS Viya running ESP on 4 GPUs… which sends the pixels in the bounding box into a model that has 55 million parameters from FaceNet! If you’re intrigued, please see Dr Goodnight’s opening session presentation for yourself (and notice that even funny faces can’t fool that clever underlying algorithm!) 😉

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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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