One grid to rule them all – tuning your environment for SAS Enterprise Guide

Most organizations enjoy a plethora of SAS user types—batch programmers and interactive users, power users and casual—and all variations in between. Each type of SAS user has its own needs and expectations, and it’s important that your SAS Grid Manager environment meets all their needs. One common solution to this […]

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Setting up SAS Business Intelligence environments – the right way

When new SAS users get introduced to the SAS Business Intelligence software (SAS BI), along with the thrill of a wide spectrum of new and desirable functionality, almost always comes a state of confusion--if not panic. How do we go about adapting it to our organization IT guidelines? How do […]

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Can my SAS application be grid enabled?

This blog is a continuation of an earlier blog entitled “To grid or not to grid?” In that blog, one of the reasons to say “yes to SAS Grid” is to see if you can gain some performance improvements from modifying your existing SAS processes by converting them to a […]

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5 best practices for a world-class SAS environment

SAS administration and support can be a real challenge for some companies. It all has to do with not having the right resources and skills. Business analysts are often charged with maintaining SAS. They know data, but they don’t have the IT skills needed to properly support SAS. IT teams […]

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To grid or not to grid?

Let’s be honest.  When well planned, a SAS Grid Computing platform as the basis for a shared, highly available, high-performance analytics environment can pay for itself many times over. However, it is critical that your overall objectives and computing environment be well understood for you to achieve success with your […]

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A day in the life of a SAS Administrator: Understanding the roles we play

I can’t believe that it has been almost two months since SAS Global Forum in Washington DC!  As always, I was reinvigorated and came back with even more ideas on how to improve the way that we do things, apply new lessons and try some things out – along with […]

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SAS Visual Analytics: managing user permissions

I’ve recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about administering SAS Visual Analytics.  The sessions introduced me to two new GUI interfaces that simplify the work for SAS administrators.  In my last post, I shared how to load data into memory using the SAS Visual Data Builder. After […]

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Finding and deleting orphaned SAS WORK and SAS Utility directories

SAS administrators often ask for a utility that can detect orphaned SAS WORK and SAS Utility directories on their back-end SAS compute systems. These orphaned directories result when a SAS Enterprise Guide or any other SAS GUI application is terminated incorrectly, and the SAS session does not terminate properly. SAS […]

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SAS® Visual Analytics: loading data into memory

Many years ago I was a SAS administrator for both a UNIX server and a LINUX server. I had a lot of syntax memorized and a lot of commands at my fingertips. If I ever mis-typed a command, I’d have to try again. I remember writing plenty of batch scripts […]

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SAS 9.4 Grid line mode--the past meets the future

When I worked for SAS Italy, I was considered an old SAS employee because I started with SAS 8, and I saw all SAS 9 innovations from the beginning. I can even remember using SAS 6.12 a couple of times! Then I moved to the US and I felt like […]

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