Upcoming Meetings

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall North, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota

8:00a - Shannon Moore - SAS Hidden Gems in SAS® Enterprise Guide®
SAS Enterprise Guide is much more than a point-and-click interface to SAS. This session looks at both new and existing functionality to help the novice user as well as the longtime programmer, including task templates, code templates, conditions in a process flow, ordered lists, filters in tasks,prompted filters, computed columns, subqueries, adding SAS code to a process flow, and creating stored processes from SAS code.

9:10a - Britta J KelseyBassett - US Bank The  Mystery of the PROC SORT options NODUP, NODUPKEY (and others!) Revealed!

The NODUP and NODUPKEY options can be useful with the SORT procedure but they can be dangerous if you do not understand them completely. In this presentation, learn more about how these options work and the difference between them. This presentation will also go into detail about a newer option for the SORT procedure, NOUNIQUEKEY, and how it can be a very useful data exploratory tool.


9:50a - Melodie Rush - SAS - Proven Practices for Predictive Modeling
In our ongoing quest for “analytics excellence,” what are some of the strategies and tactics that we, as analytics practitioners, can consider not only for individual predictive modeling projects, but for increasing the value and importance of analytics in our organizations? This presentation will share some of the common strategies, attributes, processes and best practices of the most successful organizations. Best practices will include considerations for an overall analytics process as well as the discrete steps of building a predictive model, such as data preparation and sampling; input (variable) examination, selection and transformation; model selection and validation; and more.

11:00a - Steve Ricci and David Paschall-Zimbel - Collier IT - Feeling landlocked in your SAS deployment? Learn how a cloud deployment could set you free.
Times are changing for SAS users as more organizations move from local datacenters to cloud services. SAS users can feel left behind as they struggle to maintain performance and efficiencies in their data processing and analytic workloads. In this session we will discuss the issues and opportunities involved in cloud modernization. We will cover how cloud solutions can help you locate your SAS processing in proximity of your data sources as well as add benefits across your organization by offloading procurement, system administration, installation, and support responsibilities. We will give examples of how the elastic nature of the cloud can be applied to SAS use cases to make you more agile and efficient.


1:00p - Shannon Moore - SAS - Creating and Deploying SAS® Stored Processes
SAS Stored Processes enable you to run a SAS program and view the results in many different types of SAS applications and business intelligence clients. This session provides information on how to create, design and run stored processes from SAS tasks, SAS® Enterprise Guide® projects and existing SAS program code.

2:10p - Patrick Kelly - US Bank Self-Writing SAS Code: Not Yet Self-Aware
Collecting data from disparate sources can be a challenge. Taking advantage of self-writing code, by passing SAS macro variables across platforms, can allow you to make the best use of each platform and its specialties. This presentation will show how to use the SAS Macro Facility and CALL EXECUTE to span the diaspora of data, thus aiding in your data quest.

2:50p - Melodie Rush - SAS - Introduction to the SAS® Macro Facility
Learn about the macro facility in an introduction to its purpose and functionality. You will learn the basics of creating and using both macro variables and macro programs.

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Due to difficulties finding speakers, we will now be focusing on the Summer meeting hosted by SAS.  Additional meetings will be planned if we have enough speakers.