Using the SAS Output Delivery System to enhance, customize, and render reports

To kick off his presentation at MWSUG2015, SAS’ Chevell Parker flashed a picture of an old-school phone booth and asked the audience where he could find the nearest one. Met with several seconds of silence, he smiled. “Don’t all answer at once!” The point of his question was obvious: as […]

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Hot skills for SAS professionals

Good news SAS users; you are a hot commodity. That’s the primary message Kirk Paul Lafler from Software Intelligence Corporation and Charlie Shipp of Consider Consulting Corporation delivered to a room full of users at MWSUG 2015. Citing figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a recent CNN Money […]

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Don’t “flyover” these MWSUG 2015 events!

The Midwest SAS Users Group (MWSUG) 2015 conference is almost here and there’s a lot to get excited about. The event takes place October 18-20 in Omaha, NE. If you haven’t already registered, regular registration has been extended through October 13th. The full conference agenda is now available. We hope […]

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SAS Everywhere: Fall Regional Conferences

Support for SAS Users is everywhere! Starting in September, Regional SAS Users Groups host their annual conferences. Through presentations and hands-on workshops, fall regional conferences expose users to new ideas, best practices and innovative ways to use SAS. Attendees also have the opportunity to attend classes and network with hundreds […]

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My five favorite memories of MWSUG 2014

The Chicago weather cooperated for MWSUG 2014 with nice crisp fall temperatures, clear skies and beautiful sunrises over the lake.  Aside from the weather, here are my five favorite memories of MWSUG 2014:  1. Location-location-location. The location and venue were fabulous! Not only were we along the Chicago River with a beautiful […]

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MWSUG 2014 – guided learning, a cruise and more

This 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. tags: MWSUG, […]

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User group grants and awards: applicants needed!

Really! I did a double-take last week when a conference chair told me that there’s grant money available for students, faculty and SAS junior professionals but few have applied. In one case, there were no applications submitted. We're hoping this is just a temporary glitch, a holdup resulting from too-busy schedules […]

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Best paper winners from MWSUG 2013

Congratulations to Best Paper Winners from MidWest SAS Users Group conference!   You'll want to read these, and check the MWSUG 2013 proceedings for other useful papers from the recent conference.  Start planning now for MWSUG 2014 in Chicago. tags: MWSUG, US Regional Conferences

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Parallel processing in SAS: when and how to use it

Do your SAS programs read extra-large volumes of data? Do they run multiple DATA steps and procedures one after the other for hours at a time? Two papers from MWSUG 2013 show how you can speed up those long-running SAS jobs. Although their approaches and environments differed, both authors made […]

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7 tips for creating cleaner data sets

Although she’s an analyst, Anca Tilea estimates that she spends 80% of her time cleaning data. Tilea and co-author Deanna Chyn shared seven of their favorite methods for checking, cleaning and restructuring data. Attendees at MWSUG 2013 got a bonus tip:  Ask SAS peers in one of the SAS Support […]

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