It’s that time of year again, universities and colleges are gearing up for the 2016-17 academic year, football is starting another season, and the call for papers at SAS Global Forum is open! SAS Global Forum happens every year, and is the largest gathering of SAS users. In 2017, […]
I look forward to SAS Global Forum each year and this past conference ranked up that as one of the best I've ever attended. This year there were so many wonderful presentations, Super Demos and workshops on the topic of administration of SAS and the underlying hardware infrastructure needed for SAS applications. Below you'll find a list of the top 15 presentations based on attendance. We hope you find these papers useful.
10360 - Nine Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Started with SAS® Visual Analytics
2440 - Change Management: The Secret to a Successful SAS® Implementation
8220 - Optimizing SAS® on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 and 7
SAS6840 - Reeling Them Back In Keeping SAS® Visual Analytics Users Happy, Behind the Scenes
SAS2820 - Helpful Hints for Transitioning to SAS® 9.4
SAS6761 - Best Practices for Configuring Your I/O Subsystem for SAS®9 Applications
10861 - Best Practices in Connecting External Databases to SAS®
SAS6280 - Hands-On Workshop: SAS® Environment Manager
SAS5680 - Advanced Topics in SAS® Environment Manager
9680 - SAS Big Brother
SAS4240 - Creating a Strong Business Case for SAS® Grid Manager: Translating Grid Computing Benefits to Business Benefits
10962 - SAS® Metadata Security 201: Security Basics for a New SAS Administrator
8860 - SAS® Metadata Security 101: A Primer for SAS Administrators and Users Not Familiar with SAS
9920 - UCF SAS® Visual Analytics: Implementation, Usage, and Performance
11202 - Let the Schedule Manager Take Care of Scheduling Jobs in SAS® Management Console 9.4
Note: It's hard to believe, but we're already thinking about topics to present at SAS Global Forum 2017. If you have suggestions for SAS Administration paper topics you'd like to see at next year's conference, please share your thoughts in the comments below or contact me directly.
15 top Global Forum 2016 papers for SAS administrators was published on SAS Users.
Would you like to see the latest features of SAS Enterprise Guide in action? Of course you would! That's why it's well worth the 12 minutes of your time to watch this video from SAS Global Forum 2016.
In the video, Casey Smith (SAS' R&D manager of the SAS Enterprise Guide team) shows off the favorite new features, including:
- SAS program history
- Integration with Git (including GitHub) for version control
- Comparing SAS program differences
- WHERE filtering within the data grid view
- Send reports to Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint formats
- New tasks to show active macro variables and SAS system options
- Zooming views of code, data, and results
- Convenient hooks for working with external files in your project, including opening them in Windows Explorer or in your favorite default editing application.
Casey also talks about his unique perspective as a second-generation SAS user. His Mom is a long-time SAS user; Casey was raised with SAS in the house! It's only appropriate that Casey went on to join SAS as an employee. He frequently presents for user groups and you can often find Casey (as CaseyS_SAS) on the SAS Enterprise Guide discussion board in SAS Support Communities.
The post Video: Demonstrating the new features in SAS Enterprise Guide 7.1 appeared first on The SAS Dummy.
Nowadays, nearly every organization analyzes data to some degree, and most are working with “Big Data.” At SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas, a vast number of papers were presented to share new and interesting ways our customers are using data to IMAGINE. CREATE. INNOVATE., as this year’s conference tagline reminds us.
Below you’ll find a collection of a few of my favorites on big data topics, ranging from SAS Grid Manager to Hadoop to SAS Federation Server. The common point? It’s easier than ever to modernize your architecture now. I hope these papers help you continue to advance your organization.
Paper 2020-2016: SAS® Grid Architecture Solution Using IBM Hardware
Whayne Rouse and Andrew Scott, Humana Inc.
This paper is an examination of Humana journey from SAS® 9.2 to SAS® 9.4M3 and from a monolithic environment to a SAS Grid Manager environment on new hardware and new storage. You can find tips such as the importance of understanding the old environment before starting and applying that understanding to building the new environment.
Paper 11684-2016: Multi-Tenancy in SAS® – Is It Worth the Fight?
Christopher Blake, RBS; Sergey Iglov, RBS; Dileep Pournami, RBS; Ekaitz Goienola, SAS UK
This paper explains how Royal Bank of Scotland analyzed the benefits of creating a shared Enterprise Business Intelligence platform in SAS alongside the risks and organizational barriers to the approach. The objective is to have a single, multi-tenant environment offering a variety of SAS software, including SAS Grid Manager, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Enterprise Miner, and others.
Paper 11562-2016: Beyond Best Practice: Grid Computing in the Modern World
Jan Bigalke, Allianz Managed Operation & Services SE & Gregory S. Nelson, ThotWave Technologies
After an introduction detailing how SAS Grid Manager works, this paper describes multiple best practices implemented at Allianz Managed Operation & Services SE to configure and administer a multi-tenant grid environment.
Paper SAS6281-2016: Introducing SAS® Grid Manager for Hadoop
Cheryl Doninger and Doug Haigh, SAS Institute Inc.
With this paper you can learn the capabilities and benefits of SAS Grid Manager for Hadoop as well as some configuration tips. You will also find sample SAS Grid jobs to illustrate different ways to access and analyze your Hadoop data with your SAS Grid jobs.
Paper SAS2140-2016: Best Practices for Resource Management in Hadoop
James Kochuba, SAS Institute Inc.
YARN is the Hadoop answer to resource orchestration. SAS technologies can take advantage of a shared Hadoop environment, creating the ultimate analytic environment. This paper helps to set the expectations and tuning choices when setting up and using a shared Hadoop environment encompassing SAS technologies such as SAS/ACCESS® Interfaces, SAS® In-Database Analytics, SAS® In-Memory Analytics and SAS® Grid Computing.
Paper SAS2180-2016: How to Leverage the Hadoop Distributed File System as a Storage Format for the SAS® Scalable Performance Data Server and the SAS® Scalable Performance Engine
Steven Sober, SAS Institute Inc.
In this paper Steven explores how the SAS Scalable Performance Data Server and SAS Scalable Performance Data Engine leverage the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). He explores the different capabilities of both engines and shows benchmarks detailing the differences in reading/writing compressed tables versus regular ones.
Paper SAS6223-2016 What’s New in SAS® Federation Server 4.2
Tatyana Petrova, SAS Institute Inc.
This paper provides an overview of the latest features of the product and includes examples for leveraging SAS Federation Server capabilities, such as data quality functions, data masking, and query performance optimization.
SAS Global Forum 2016 recently concluded and by all measures it was a huge success. With more than 5,000 attendees, hundreds of crazy-good talks and countless networking and learning opportunities, it very likely was the best SAS users’ conference yet. To put a bow on this year’s event, and help those who were unable to attend enjoy some of the great content, I’ve put together a few highlights from SAS Global Forum 2016, with some helpful links, videos and several additional resources to explore.
Before we get started, though, I wanted to share a big thank you to all the volunteers who made SAS Global Forum 2016 possible. You don’t become the world’s largest analytics conference without substantial support from the user community and an outstanding roster of hard-working and dedicated volunteers.
This year, more than 450 users, led by conference chair Jenn Waller, volunteered countless hours of time and tons of energy to make SAS Global Forum such a success. Within this amazing group, we wanted to highlight the inaugural Global Forum Service Award recipients. These individuals were recognized for their dedication and commitment, not only to this year’s event, but for having served at least five years as a team lead or a section chair at SAS Global Forum. The award recipients are:
- Maribeth Johnson – 12 years
- Diana Suhr – 12 years
- Nancy Brucken – 11 years
- Pete Lund – 11 years
- Sue Douglass – 9 years
- Mary Anne DePesquo – 8 years
- Christianna Williams – 8 years
- Stephanie Thompson – 5 years
To learn more about the benefits of volunteering, read SAS Global Forum 2016 Chair Jenn Waller’s blog, Can you help? Volunteer opportunities aplenty at SAS Global Forum 2016. There are a number of opportunities for you to get involved in next year’s conference or one of SAS’ Regional User Group events this fall.
Now for the recap. Here are some highlights from SAS Global Forum and some helpful links and resources in case you weren’t able to attend.
The conference began with a bang. At Opening Session, Dr. Goodnight introduced several new offerings from SAS. Perhaps the most exciting was the announcement of SAS Viya, the next-generation high-performance analytics and visualization architecture from SAS. We also introduced other new products, including SAS Analytics for IoT and SAS Customer Intelligence 360.
There were hundreds of top-notch session and keynote talks, but there were two in particular that really resonated with me.
The first was Arianna Huffington’s talk, Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line. In her presentation, the co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, refuted the popular belief that in order to be successful we need to burn ourselves out. Instead, she challenged the audience to take care of themselves and their relationships and watch success follow.
Susan Cain’s keynote presentation was another one that hit the mark for me. The author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Cain discussed how extroverts can dominate the workplace simply because of their predisposition to speak up, not because of their great ideas. (Yes, sometimes a problem I have!) She had some great advice for how introverts and extroverts could work together more effectively, resolve conflict and how to benefit from each other’s strengths.
For attendees, SAS Global Forum offered a number of awesome opportunities to interact with and learn from other SAS professionals. SAS Global Forum was covered extensively on SAS Blogs (aggregated here), the SAS Support Communities, the SAS Twitter Account (hashtag #SASGF), SAS Users LinkedIn group, and the SAS Users Group Facebook page. But, building a broader network of SAS peers, doesn’t have to end with the conclusion of the event. Whether you attended the conference or not, connections with other SAS users can continue via social media. The channels mentioned above are great follows if you’re looking to get the latest scoop from SAS, start a conversation with your SAS peers, or share tips and tricks.
You might also want to check out this fun blog: Ten SAS Global Forum speakers to follow on Twitter. Now there’s an awesome network for you to follow!
If you’re a SAS user, there’s nothing better than SAS Global Forum presentations. This year had a record number of presentations from users and SAS subject matter experts. Even if you attended the event, you only got a taste of all that great content. The good news: conference papers (and more) are available on the SAS Global Forum Proceedings webpage. Here you can view all papers or filter by topic, session type, skill level, job role, industry, or product. Heck, you can also download all proceedings if you’d like!
Extensive collection of archived video
During the event, SAS provided dozens of hours of live video streaming. Live coverage included Opening Session, all the keynote talks, select breakouts, Tech Talks, interviews with SAS executives and developers, and so much more. If you didn’t go to SAS Global Forum, or did but missed a few sessions, you can view some of the great content via SAS’ live stream archive.
So there you have it. A few highlights from SAS Global Forum 2016. If you attended SAS Global Forum this year, thank you. If you didn’t make it to Las Vegas, enjoy these resources and we hope you can join us next year in Orlando!
Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. At this year’s SAS Global Forum 2016, so many exciting things happened that I have to share some highlights. From the use of analytics in college administration to the teaching of analytics in the classroom, the range of information presented was quite […]
In celebration of SAS Global Forum, the folks at SAS Press gathered tips from SAS Press authors. Here is my contribution:
This is the best time ever to learn SAS!
When I first encountered SAS, there were only two ways that I could get help. I could either ask another graduate student who might or might not know the answer, or I could go to the computer center and borrow the SAS manual. (There was only one.) Today it’s totally different. I am continually amazed by the resources that are available now—many for FREE.
Here are four resources that every new SAS user should know about:
1. SAS Studio
This is a wonderful new interface for SAS that runs in a browser and has both programming and point-and-click features. SAS Studio is free for students, professors, and independent learners. You can download the SAS University Edition to run SAS Studio on your own computer, or use SAS OnDemand for Academics via the Internet.
Two of the most popular self-paced e-learning classes are available for free: SAS Programming 1: Essentials, and Statistics 1. These are real classes which in the past people paid thousands of dollars to take.
You can access hundreds of SAS training videos, tutorials, and demos at support.sas.com/training/tutorial. Topics range from basic (What is SAS?) to advanced (SAS 9.4 Metadata Clustering).
If you encounter a problem, it is likely that someone else has faced a similar situation and figured out how to solve it. On communities.sas.com you can post questions and get answers from SAS users and developers. On the site, www.lexjansen.com, you can find virtually every paper ever presented at a SAS users group conference. The site www.sasCommunity.org is a wiki-style compendium of all things SAS.
For more tips from SAS Press authors, click here to read them all.
As the excitement of SAS Global Forum begins to die down and we dust off our sequins for another year, it’s time to get back behind the desk. This year at SAS Global Forum we hosted a "Top Tips from Your Favorite SAS Press Authors" lunch where we asked three or four […]
One of the encouraging changes we’ve seen at SAS Global Forum over the years is the excitement and involvement from the student community. These are the people we like call -- the next generation of analytics professionals. The SAS Student Ambassador Program was successful again this year, and the newest […]
At SAS Global Forum in Las Vegas I was asked the question, “What does PROC REPORT do?” It is a simple question, but I hesitated to answer. I’m normally so deep inside the nitty gritty details of PROC REPORT that I don’t often think about what it would be like […]