SAS Ottawa Platform Users Society (OPUS)

Membership in the SAS Ottawa Platform User Society (SAS OPUS) offers a unique opportunity to enhance your understanding of the SAS Intelligence Platform, exchange ideas about using your software most productively and an opportunity to learn of new SAS products and services as soon as they become available.

The SAS Platform encompasses a wide variety of technologies. If you are interested in one or more of the following, this group is for you:

  • SAS Enterprise Guide
  • SAS Metadata
  • SAS Add-in to Microsoft
  • SAS Web Reporting
  • SAS Management Console
  • SAS Data Integration
  • SAS Scalable Performance Data Server
  • SAS Information Delivery Portal
  • SAS OLAP Technologies
  • SAS Information Maps

SAS OPUS works with our partner user group the Ottawa Area SAS Users Society (OASUS) to provide:

  • Semi-Annual meetings
  • Website for ongoing information
  • Online Presentations
  • Network with other SAS Professionals

Representatives from all industries are welcome to participate in the users group and membership is free.

The next OPUS meeting will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Huguette Labelle Room, Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa 550 Cumberland St. A detailed agenda follows below and you may register here.

12:45pm: Registration 

1:00pm: Words of Welcome & Introductions (Joel Orr, Statistics Canada)

1:15pm: SAS Canada News (Matt Malczewski, SAS Canada)

1:30pm: What’s in “Your” Inbox? – Prepping Outlook Data for Analysis in SAS (Andrew Clapson, MD Financial Management)
There is a wealth of potentially valuable analytical information stored in corporate email servers, and the closest insights to home can be found in your own personal inbox. Using SAS, we will extract, process, and format a series of datasets built from Outlook calendar and inbox data, and then carry out some basic analysis on the resulting data

1:50pm: SAS Solution Du Jour – Text Miner Overview (David Comeau, SAS Canada)
Exploring the Text Miner features of the SAS Enterprise Miner product

2:10pm: Break & Networking  

2:30pm: SAS Text Miner for Academic Research: Using Analytics to Understand the Field of Analytics (Hugh Cairns, SAS Canada)
This session showcases SAS Text Miner can be used by researchers to mine the unstructured article abstracts using Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) to profile the field and categorize abstracts into clusters that represent the intellectual communities researching analytics

3:00pm: Text Mining in JMP 13.1 (Nick Shelton, JMP Canada)
Exploring the Text Analytics features of JMP Pro v13.1

3:30pm: Door Prizes & Closing

If you would like to influence the future direction for our meeting, consider joining our volunteer Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets 8 times per year to plan and execute all aspects of the meetings and other activities.

To find out more please visit our website at

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If you would like to be notified of upcoming OPUS Meetings, please subscribe to the OPUS Distribution List.

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