BMO In-House SAS User Group (BISUG)

Thursday, March 12, 2020
9:30 am CST/10:30 am EST

Ontario Room on the 3rd floor, BMTT (Bay & Bloor)


 Welcome & Introduction (2 min)
User Group Planning Committee, BMO
 BMO IT Update (5 min):
BMO IT will update the BMO SAS users on the latest developments for the SAS environment.
 SAS Resources for BMO SAS Users (5 min)
Alexey Khozan, BMO & Sophie Palantzas, SAS
Alexey and Sophie will review useful SAS learning resources that are readily available to BMO SAS users both within BMO and from SAS.
 Getting the Most out of SAS Training (15 min)
Ryan Appotive, BMO and Charu Shankar, SAS Education
Learn how to focus your SAS training to enhance your skillset and support your career goals.  Ryan and Charu will present how one BMO team successfully used the free SAS Training Assessment process to deliver a targeted SAS training strategy.
 Enter the Matrix: PROC IML for Neophytes (30 min):
Erik Johnson, Senior Analyst, BMO
Coming from the academic world, Erik had lots of experience working with vector-based programming environments (e.g., Matlab, R, Python), but struggled with the "black-box" nature of SAS procedures---that is until he ran into an ad hoc request that required the implementation of a model that was not possible using a built-in procedure. It was during this process that he discovered the miracle that is PROC IML. In this presentation, Erik will share some of the insights and tips he picked up along the way and present them in an accessible way for SAS users who are new to the SAS/IML functionality. By way of coding examples, he will demonstrate some of the benefits that come with the versatile customization potential offered through PROC IML as well as the computational savings possible by allowing operations to be calculated in-memory, thereby avoiding looping.  


 Part 2 of: Express yourself with Python & R (50 min)
Charu Shankar, Senior Technical Training Consultant, SAS
With the entry of several new open source languages, users feel the need to learn them and understand the differences and commonalities between them. This presentation will review how to express your data needs by writing a python panda and basic R code.  Also covered will be how these languages stack up with SAS code and how you can write native python code and submit it in your SAS session.

Raffle for the free trip to SAS Global Forum 2020 (5 min)

Ontario Room on the 3rd floor, BMTT
(Bay & Bloor)


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