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Data Visualization is on Tap at #SASGF15

April 22, 2015 – 7:30 am | One Comment

This post first appeared on The 10 Minute SAS Coach site.  Thanks Guy Garrett for contributing to BI-Notes.
The SAS Global Forum is an event where SAS professionals from around the world meet once a year to see the latest R&D from SAS Institute, discuss current trends in Business Intelligence, Analytics and Big Data, and hear papers from colleagues on all manner of subjects ranging from Arrays …

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Wanted! SAS Rustlers Unite at #SASGF15 #TweetUp

February 22, 2015 – 12:23 pm | 9 Comments

In April 2015, SAS users travel across the world to the SAS Global Forum in Dallas, Texas – yes the legendary Wild West.  If you are arriving early at the conference (maybe for a workshop or to take a certification exam) – then you’re invited to a special and exclusive event.

 

#sasgf15 #tweetup

#SASGF15 Tweeps Unite!

This is an informal, pre-conference gathering for tweeps on Saturday 25th April at 8 PM at the conference hotel. Yes, a #SASGF15 #TweetUp  for people to meet their followers face-to-face and chat in more than 140 characters. If this is a little overwhelming you are allowed to watch and tweet away in a corner.

To entice you to come along, there will be some random drawings, SAS giveaways and an evening to exchange conference agendas and must see/do events.

No Twitter Account Required!

What: #SASGF15 #TweetUpYou don’t need a Twitter account to join us – but you know they are free – right?[Here’s a quick Twitter tutorial!]
When: 8 PM, Saturday April 25 , 2013
Where: Lobby Lounge bar in the Omni Dallas Hotel555 South Lamar, Dallas, Texas  [(214) 744-6664]
What to wear: Casual — Extra raffle ticket if you wear a t-shirt from the last conference you attended or a shirt from where you are from.  Why don’t you get really daring and wear a cowboy shirt!?!
What to Eat: Beverages of all sorts are available at the bar (at your expense)It’s a good time to try good ole CocaCola or maybe a beer.
Who’s Hosting: Zencos – Tricia Aanderud (@taanderud)Metacoda – Michelle Homes (@HomesatMetacoda)

 

 

Last Year’s TweetUp

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Beautiful Location to have a part

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Michelle was excited that it was past midnight – US Time!

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Our Selfie

Trying to get Phil Holland to guess what part of the SAS language he was!

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Aussies … representing!

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Administration: What Demons Are at Your Command?

October 28, 2014 – 12:10 pm | 4 Comments
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Which population method should I use for my SAS prompt?

April 13, 2014 – 9:31 am | Comments Off
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During our Debugging and Tuning SAS Stored Processes session, an attendee asked “Why would I choose a dynamic versus static prompt for my stored process?” It was a good question because the choice might make a difference in the stored process speed. Here’s some guidelines.
What are the different Population Methods?
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Building a SAS Stored Process Log

February 24, 2014 – 7:14 am | 9 Comments
Stored Process Log

As a SAS stored process developer, a question sometimes pokes its way into my head: “Are people using the stored processes I write?”  In fact, really I have four questions:

What stored processes are being used? 
Who is using them?
When are they being used?
How are they using them?

I realized what I’ve been missing.  I need a SAS stored process log.
If It Works for a Macro…
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#SASGF14: You’re Invited to a TweetUp!

February 10, 2014 – 6:50 pm | 2 Comments
2014 sas global forum tweetup

Hello, G’Day, Hola, Hej, Bonjour, Hallo! In March 2014, SAS users travel across the world to the SAS Global Forum in Washington, DC.  If you are arriving early at the conference – then you’re invited to a special and exclusive event.

Tweeps Unite!
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Little Known Secrets from SAS Stored Process Magicians

January 26, 2014 – 4:57 pm | Comments Off
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When writing stored processes – it can be tricky designing the perfect prompts especially when working with tricky users. Maybe you feel more like a magician than a SAS developer. Recently I needed a SAS stored process that allowed a user to find a needle in a very large haystack.  Let me share a simple trick I learned from Bryan Stines to make simple work …