FALL 2011

Upcoming SAS User Group meetings

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A message from SAS Canada

Hello insights subscribers!

Since 2004 we’ve been able to honour a number of worthy recipients of the CVA for their outstanding contributions to the SAS community.  Every fall, nominations give us a snapshot of the wonderful ways in which SAS practitioners support each other.  These can be volunteer activities such as mentoring new users to full-blown course development, consistent support of user group meetings, above-and-beyond SAS championing, and more.  In the past, however, we’ve been unable to include nominations from customers in Quebec due to provincial contest and gaming restrictions.  I’m pleased to announce that the necessary accommodations have been made to include ALL Canadian SAS customers from now on!  Regardless of where you reside, please take a minute to nominate someone who you feel has gone “above and beyond”.  As always, the winner will receive a plaque from Carl Farrell, President of SAS Canada, and a free trip to SAS Global Forum in Orlando in April 2012 to celebrate with us in style!

Welcome to the era of “Big Data”!  Along with its twin brother “Big Analytics”, Big Data has suddenly taken centre stage in our industry.  But as long-term SAS users well know, managing and analyzing large amounts of data is something that SAS has actually been pioneering for many years.  To keep pace with the growing complexities of projects involving Big Data, analytics and more, SAS 9.3 was recently launched this past summer.  I urge you to read up on what 9.3 and Big Analytics can do for you!
And for those with a travelling itch, the SAS Canada Community certainly has something in store for you.  As the number of people involved in the online community continues to grow, we thought it might be fun to run a contest called “What has your SAS done for YOU lately” (click on Groups).  By providing the most innovative use of SAS, you can choose which user group in Canada you’d like to visit, on us.  Please check out the community for full regional rules and regulations.

Of course all are welcome to attend one or more meetings from our fall user group schedule.  I also urge you to take advantage of the Canadian User Group website  to find a group near you, or just browse the massive repository of previous presentations for tips, tricks and training.  You will also find the agendas for upcoming meetings here, once they are available.

On behalf of Matt Malczewski  and I, we look forward to seeing you at a user group meeting this fall—or anytime at the SAS Canada Community. 


Wally Thiessen,
Manager, Customer Engagement Marketing

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