8 most attended SAS administrator papers in 2014

In a comment on last week’s blog asking SAS administrators: please submit your paper idea for SAS Global Forum 2015, Andrew Howell of ANJ Solutions asked if I had any statistics on which were the most popular SAS administrator papers for last year’s conference. He suggested the following nominations although he was “only able to attend about half of these presentations—there was just so much to see!” 

I don’t have any readily available statistics on downloads for these papers, and, like Andrew, I wasn’t able to attend all of the excellent SAS Administrators sessions at SAS Global Forum 2014. But based on my own observations and feedback from others who were able to attend, here’s my very subjective ranking of Andrew’s list!

  1. Effective Usage of SAS Enterprise Guide in a SAS 9.4 Grid Manager Environment, Edoardo Riva, SAS
  2. SAS Grid – What They Didn’t Tell You, Manuel Nitschinger, sIT Solutions and Phillip Manschek, SAS
  3. Best Practices for Implementing High Availability for SAS 9.4, Cheryl Doninger, Zhiyong Li and Brian Wolfe, SAS
  4. SAS Installations: So You Want To Install SAS?, Rafi Sheikh, Analytics International
  5. Top 10 Resources Every SAS Administrator Should Know About, Margaret Crevar and Tony Brown, SAS
  6. SAS Grid Manager I/O: Optimizing SAS Application Data Availability for the Grid, Gregg Rohaly and Harry Seifert, IBM
  7. Test for Success: Automated Testing of SAS Metadata Security Implementations, Paul Homes, Metacoda
  8. Integrating Your Corporate Scheduler with Platform Suite for SAS® or SAS® Grid Manager, Paul Northrop, SAS Australia

Last year’s conference was a great opportunity for “seeing SAS Administrators in their natural habitat”.  Many of these sessions were standing room only.  Please submit your paper idea and let’s plan for another great year for administrators!

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Macro quoting made easy

Are there times when you need to pass special characters to a macro variable but cannot find the right technique to accomplish the task?  In this article I’ll discuss the different macro quoting functions and give a simple technique to help you determine which macro quoting function to use.

Why do we need macro quoting?  The SAS macro language is a character-based language. With macro, you can specify special characters as text.  Some of these special characters (for example, a semicolon or percent sign) are part of the SAS language instruction set, so we need a way for the macro processor to interpret a particular special character when it’s being used as text in the macro language.  Macro quoting functions tell the macro processor to treat these special characters as text rather than as part of the macro language.  Without macro quoting functions, you would have no way to mask the real meaning of these special characters or mnemonics.

This post will list some all-purpose functions, tell how to determine when to use each type, and show you how to unmask, or unquote special characters. Read More »

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SAS administrators: please submit your paper idea for SAS Global Forum 2015

The SAS Global Forum 2015 Call for Papers opened the end of last month!  I cannot believe it is time to start getting ready for the conference that will be in Dallas, TX on April 26-29, 2015.

As part of the group from SAS who goes to the conference each year to help the attendees with their administration questions, I would like to issue a personal invitation to all the readers of this blog to submit an abstract on SAS administration tips that have made your role as the SAS Administrator at your site easier, or things that you wish you had known before you took over the role of SAS Administrator.  These tips can be from setting up your hardware infrastructure to deploying your SAS applications to supporting your SAS users. Read More »

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MWSUG 2014 – guided learning, a cruise and more

MWSUG 2014 logo showing Chicago skyline and 25th anniversary bannerThis fall, you’ll be swept off your feet in the Windy City: The 2014 Midwest SAS User’s Group (MWSUG) takes place in Chicago from October 5-7. With 135 presentations in 11 different sections, you’ll have the chance to expand your SAS know-how and network with fellow SAS professionals. Read More »

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SAS administrators--what's on your bookshelf?

I spend a lot of time on support.sas.com looking for resources to share.  The SAS Programmer’s Bookshelf is a handy reference that’s been around for a while, so I asked “Why not a SAS Administrator’s Bookshelf?”

What would you include?

It’s complicated, of course, because the SAS administrator’s role covers a myriad of tasks. Throw into that mix, the fact that many individual software products have their own administration requirements, and you have quite a long list.

About a year ago, I published a post on SAS administrator connections and resources, and all this research made me realize it might be time to update that post with a few new items (noted with *). Read More »

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SESUG 2014—learning, networking, problem-solving

SESUG_2014Sun, surf and SAS await you at this year’s South East SAS Users Group (SESUG) conference. Located at the beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from October 19-21, the conference offers two full days of learning, networking and problem-solving.

“Every year I’ve attended, I’ve found something that I could immediately use in my job and brought back contacts I could reach out to if I needed help with a new SAS application,” said Barbara Okerson, SESUG Executive Council Member. “Once you come to the conferences and meet other SAS professionals, you realize that it’s a community of friends that are always willing to help each other.”

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Partitioning in Hadoop, sorting in SAS--same results, different methods

SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop is a single interactive programming environment for analytics on Hadoop that  integrates analytical data preparation, exploration, modeling and deployment. It’s principle components are the IMSTAT procedure (PROC IMSTAT) and the SAS LASR Analytic Engine (or SASIOLA engine for input-output with LASR).

Within the SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop environment, the SAS LASR Analytic Engine provides most of the functionality we associate with Base SAS; whereas, PROC IMSTAT covers the full analytical cycle from data manipulation and management, through modeling, towards deployment. This duality continues SAS's long standing tradition of  getting the same job done in different ways, to accommodate users' different style, constraints and preferences.

This post is one of several upcoming posts I plan to publish soon that discuss code mapping of key analytical data exercises from traditional SAS programming to SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop. This post today covers sorting and sorting-related BY variables and ordering in SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop. Read More »

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Live Google maps in SAS -- multiple markers

In my prior post, Spice up SAS output with live Google maps, I discussed the idea of delivering live Google map through SAS output and demonstrated the feasibility of doing so in SAS Information Delivery portal. Similarly, it can be done for any SAS HTML output.  You would just need to replace file _webout for SAS portal with any file reference pointing to an HTML file.

Since the first post was well received by the SAS community and generated numerous questions, I have decided to expand on it and show some additional functionality that can be incorporated into SAS output in regards to the Google maps.

In this post, I will demonstrate how to use SAS to generate Google map with multiple points (or markers, using Google terminology) and incorporate it into SAS HTML output. Read More »

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SAS Global Forum 2015: Your presentation is needed!

Do you know something about SAS® software that other SAS users would love to learn?

Of course you do!

Whether you’re a student or a member of the Circle of Excellence, every SAS programming project, every analysis or forecasting model is an opportunity to gain new insights into SAS processing or to develop new techniques.

No matter how you measure your SAS experience—what you’ve learned is valuable to other SAS users. So, start typing up your ideas. The SAS Global Forum 2015 call for content opens today! Read More »

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WUSS 2014—same event, new look and feel!

WUSS 2014 logo Do you know the way to San Jose? By now, SAS users are getting to know the way to the Western Users of SAS Software’s (WUSS) annual event on September 3-5, 2014.

Although this is the third time WUSS has been held in San Jose at The Fairmont Hotel, this year’s event will introduce a lot of changes, one of which includes the name of the event—going forward, the WUSS Conference will be called the WUSS Educational Forum and Conference. The purpose of the name change is to emphasize all of the learning opportunities there are at WUSS. Besides the name change, WUSS has more exciting changes to announce: Read More »

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