What's that acronym?!? Fun with SAS users groups


ANZmapWe live in a world of acronyms, or rather TLAs, and SAS user group names are renowned for them. Last week I received a comment about one of the Australian user group names, and it got me thinking how did these names come about? What is their history? and to share the SAS ANZ groups with the wider SAS community (now that SANZOC is a public group).

In Australia there are the following groups:

Being a SAS user you probably know about the annual SAS Global Forum (previously SUGI - SAS User Group International), which I've incidentally heard named "GloFo", and many regional and local SAS user groups around the world.

Recently, as we prepared for our local QUEST user group,  we were reminded of the remarkably named WUSS conference that happened the same week ...

So, what about you... do you have a favourite SAS user group name and do you know a bit of their history? You may be interested to see some background on SAUSAG - Blast from the past... SAUSAG name - other memorabilia?

I look forward to seeing the discussion from SAS users near and far...



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Michelle Homes

Business Development Manager at Metacoda, Consultant and Trainer specialising in SAS Software

Michelle Homes is an enthusiastic and active member of the SAS community and social sphere. A SAS user since the 1990s, Michelle co-founded Metacoda in 2007 and, as Business Development Manager, enjoys working with SAS customers around the world to help keep their SAS platforms secure through effective metadata administration.


  1. Hello from MWSUG (MidWest SAS Users Group)! We are the Midwestern region and are open to ALL, but primarily serve users in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

    Our 25th Annual MWSUG Conference is fast approaching on October 5-7, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois! You are all invited! We have a great conference planned!

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