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June 2011  |  subscribe  |  unsubscribe

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What's New
Junior Professional Program »
SAS Users Groups (SUG), with support from SAS, has a new grant program to encourage newer SAS users and make it easier for them to attend and participate in SUG conferences. Program benefits and deadlines may vary per conference. Contact your regional SAS users group for details and application deadline information.
It’s the Search »
Don't miss all of the new features that were recently added to the search results page. We added date sorting and section subsetting capabilities, made advanced search easier to find, increased the default number of results and moved the filter bar to put it all in one convenient page. Renee Harper explains it all in her post.
Resources for the SAS® Administrator »
Plumbers and electricians have tool boxes uniquely equipped for the tasks they need to accomplish each day. This blog post from Paul Homes, author of, will help fill up your SAS Administrator tool box with key papers from SAS Global Forum 2011.
Anne Milley, Senior Director of Analytics Strategy at JMP, will host the next SAS TALKS on June 23. Join her for Consider an Analytical Center of Excellence (and Other Ways to Create More Analytic Bandwidth).
Tips & Techniques
Test Queries Against a Cube on SAS® OLAP Server »
The SQL Pass-Through facility for OLAP allows you to connect to a SAS OLAP Server and execute queries against OLAP data within the PROC SQL environment. PROC SQL establishes a connection to the SAS OLAP Server by using the PROC SQL CONNECT statement.
Jedi SAS Tricks: Macro Q Functions »
According to SAS Jedi, the macro is a programmer's secret weapon. The key is using the macro's "Q" functions to keep special characters "under cover until we are ready to unveil their true power." Read his tips for using these secret weapons like a master.
FASTats: Frequently Asked-For Statistics »
Great resource to bookmark!
SAS® Enterprise Guide® Options: My Favorite 5 »
Chris Hemedinger, co-author of The SAS Dummy, says that SAS Enterprise Guide has about 150 customizable options in the Tools->Options window. He has chosen his top five for a brief tip tour. What are your top five? Let him know in the comments section of the blog post.

Getting Started with ODS Statistical Graphics in SAS® 9.2
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October 24 – 25
Orlando, FL

NESUG 2011
Sept. 11 – 14
Portland, ME

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Seattle, WA
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Portland, OR
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Sept. 25 – 27
Kansas City, KS
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Oct. 12-14
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Oct. 23 – 25
Alexandria, VA
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SCSUG 2011
Nov. 6-8
Fort Worth, TX
Call for papers - OPEN 
SAS Users Connecting
Congratulations! »
Members of were challenged to contribute content or SAS code for a chance to win SAS books and earn points toward sasCommunity Guru status . Congratulations to Arthur Tabachneck, Sunil Gupta and Murphy Choy. Read more about their accomplishments and the contest.
Follow #sastip on Twitter for great SAS tips and to find other SAS users and professionals.
Advanced Analytics for Customer Intelligence »
Learn more about customer behaviors and maximize customer profitability with state-of-the-art data mining techniques. Course locations: San Francisco: Analytics 2011 - Orlando; and New York. Seats are limited; register today!
Get a Sneak Peek at the New STAT1 E-Course »
View the demo and tour the popular e-course format. Users new to statistics or seeking to refresh their skills will find Basic Statistical Concepts, an optional introductory lesson included in the e-course, a helpful start.
New to SAS® Platform Administration?
Now offered as an e-course, SAS Platform Administration: Getting Started provides an overview of SAS Business Analytics for the platform administrator.
Tech Resources
Combining and Modifying SAS® Data Sets: Examples, Second Edition »
Completely updated for SAS 9.2, Michele Burlew's second edition presents examples that show solutions to common programming tasks that involve combining, modifying and reshaping data sets.
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