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July 2011  |  subscribe  |  unsubscribe

Dear Readers,

The SAS® 9.3 release is here, and it falls near an auspicious date – SAS' 35th anniversary was yesterday. So, it's a good time to say that SAS has relied on 35 years of analytics experience, a vast depth of R&D expertise and your customer feedback to selectively add to your SAS capabilities.

SAS 9.3 includes enhancements in data management, improvements in SAS' environment management and expansion of analytic capabilities that will allow you to do even more. There are many large and small changes, so I'll only be able to name a few here:

  • Not necessary to upgrade from SAS 9.1.3 to SAS 9.2 before upgrading to SAS 9.3 – a huge time savings, I'm sure you'll agree!
  • Producing graphs with ODS Graphics no longer requires a SAS/GRAPH®  license.
  • The family of statistical graphics procedures (SGPANEL, SGPLOT, SGRENDER and SGSCATTER) has moved from SAS/GRAPH to Base SAS.
  • In SAS 9.3, the default destination in the SAS windowing environment is HTML, and ODS Graphics is enabled by default as well. (You can disable ODS Graphics if desired. Read more below in Tips & Techniques.)
  • SAS Rapid Predictive Modeler, a component of SAS® Enterprise MinerTM, has been enhanced with options for integrated scoring and data set output.
  • The new FMM procedure in SAS/STAT® fits finite mixture models.
  • Within SAS Data Integration Studio, you can now save versions of jobs, tables and other metadata to a SAS Package file, and then archive the package in a third-party versioning system.
  • SAS Model Manager 3.1 now has the ability to retrain models.
  • You'll now have the ability to provide single sign-on on Unix SAS servers.
  • A new JMP engine enables you to quickly and easily read your JMP data tables into SAS.

This is a small sampling of what you will get when you make the move to SAS 9.3. Read about all of the changes in this downloadable PDF. There are also some great SAS 9.3 resources on While you are checking out the new stuff, notice that there's even a new GROOVY PROC – maybe we'll include PEACHY and KEEN procedures next!! I was sent this YouTube video to celebrate the GROOVY PROC. Enjoy.

Waynette Tubbs
Editor, SAS Tech Report
What's New
SAS Discussion Forum Upgrade! »
So exciting! has recreated all 18 of the current public forums in the new Communities on SAS site. Read Harper's post to get the full wrap up about the new release and its new bells and whistles.
What SAS® Administrators Should Know about Libraries, Metadata, SAS® Enterprise Guide® »
We sometimes take it for granted, but the concept of the "SAS library" is just about one of the most awesome aspects of The SAS System. Chris Hemedinger helps administrators give the end user the best experience possible.
Moving from Windows to Supercomputing: The 5% Solution »
AnnMaria De Mars and Ernesto Flores covered the move to supercomputers in San Diego at last fall’s WUSS conference. In their paper, they cover the few coding differences between working in Windows and a high performance environment. Don’t miss out on face-to-face presentations like this, register now for WUSS 2011.
PROC SQL: From SELECT to Pass-Through SQL »
Christopher W. Schacherer and Michelle A. Detry presented this paper in Austin, Texas at SCSUG 2010. They explain the use of summary functions, group by, order by and having clauses, and provide information on inserting, updating and deleting rows in SAS datasets. You'll also learn to establish connections to remote databases using SAS/ACCESS and LIBNAME statements. There's still time for you to submit your paper idea to the 2011 SCSUG!
Tips & Techniques
New Video Tip: Profiling Segments with SAS Enterprise Miner. »
Learn how to profile a cluster analysis with this short and informative tip, one of many topics discussed in the popular new course Advanced Analytics for the Modern Business Analyst.
Display Manager System Default Display Beginning with SAS® 9.3 »
To modernize the look of SAS output, showcase our new graphics capabilities and create seamless results for tables and graphs, SAS output will have a new look in SAS 9.3. These changes will take place in the Display Manager System for Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems. Take a look at the list of changes. Also read how to keep your SAS 9.2 settings.
Calculate Percentages Under an ACROSS Variable Using PROC REPORT »
This sample shows how to calculate cumulative column, row, and overall percentages for variables under an ACROSS variable with PROC REPORT.
Examples of Using SAS® Enterprise Guide® Automation »
In SAS Enterprise Guide, the Schedule Project task generates a .vbs file that will run your project in batch at the time and interval specified in the Schedule Task. This process, along with the generated .vbs code, is called SAS Enterprise Guide Automation.
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An activity for every SAS user at MWSUG 2011 »
Read about the exciting line-up of presentations, discussions, workshops, and social activities planned for MWSUG 2011.
The Insurance and Finance SAS Users group, IFSUG, has launched. It was officially announced on Wednesday, June 29 and already has more than 500 members. You can join or stay in touch in three ways: Check out the page on; follow IFSUG on Twitter @IFSUG; and join the IFSUG Group on LinkedIn.
What’s New In SAS® 9.3 »
Comprehensive documentation for SAS® 9.3 is now available. Start with “What’s New in SAS® 9.3” for an overview of the new product features.  Explore all the SAS® 9.3 documentation for free in PDF or HTML format. Coming soon, learn how you can get “What’s New in SAS® 9.3” as a free eBook from!
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New SAS Certification Practice Exam »
Test your skills for the certification credential for Predictive Modeling using SAS® Enterprise Miner. This interactive practice allows you to perform analyses to answer the questions and tests the same knowledge as the exam.
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