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SUNZ National Conference 2017 – Open Minds

Once again, I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend a SUNZ conference, this time the national conference titled ‘Open Minds’ held at the famous Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. This is my take on the day, however, unfortunately, my phone had died the...

Faster, faster, faster

As a SAS Admin I like things to be ordered and efficient. This includes the SAS code that you write, that then runs on my server.   I have learnt a number of performance tricks over the decades and am happy to admit that I am not too old to learn some more.  So...

SAS Viya – What is it? How can it help me?

You may or may not have heard that SAS have recently released a product/platform called SAS Viya.  What is it and where can I find out more, well in this post I’ll try to answer these questions. What is SAS Viya? First here is one of the many announcements of SAS...

SAS Admin The Basics – Part 3

Hi, all you new and budding SAS administrators.   I hope you have read my other two blogs in this series, SAS Admin The Basics - Part 1 and Part 2 where I discussed creating a daily checklist and the need to have a Monthly Health Check.  Now in SAS Admin The...

SAS Admin The Basics – Part 2

Hi, all you new and budding SAS administrators.   In SAS Admin The Basics - Part 1 I talked about creating a daily checklist, now we're going to move on to a Monthly Health Check.  It's a good practice once a month to dive a little deeper into your SAS platform...

SAS Admin The Basics – Part 1

Hi, all you new and budding SAS administrators. I thought I would share a few things I have picked up over the years that you may what to add to your tool bag. Firstly, make yourself a daily checklist.  This will vary depending on your site but here are some basic...

SUNZ Auckland 2016 – Awesome Brains

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the sold out SUNZ Auckland 2016 and this is my take on the day.  For those who don’t know, SUNZ stands for SAS Users of New Zealand and is a society dedicated to connecting SAS users and improving New Zealand's analytics capability....

Thumbs up SUNZ

Last week I attended the SUNZ AGM (Annual General Meeting) Networking Drinks in Auckland which was linked via Skype to the Wellington meeting. SUNZ is the official user group for New Zealand SAS users. It is dedicated to helping improve the experience of SAS users. I...

Attunity – A SAS administrators view

I recently attended a two-day training course on Attunity Replicate in the Optimal HQ training room in Wellington. I was surprised at the simplicity of Attunity's architecture and how similar it is to SAS. Attunity Replicate is generally installed on its own server...

SAS Admin – Restricting options

If you're a typical admin like myself you like to have a certain amount of control over your environment. Recently I started losing a little of that control so I asked SAS if I could have it back. After my first couple of searches, I got a hint from SAS Support that I...

Where are you Disk Quota – Windows 2008?

As part of my role as a ‘Preventer Of Chaos’ at OptimalBI I manage SAS Installations on multiple client sites. I am often kept on my toes (a good thing) with having to know things about the multiple Operating Systems that these SAS environments run on. I am no way an...

Sharing Your Analytics Journey – SUNZ 2016

The second technical session following lunch at SUNZ 2016 was by Joe Robins, Analytics Manager at KiwiBank. Joe nicely starts off with a joke about the earthquake in the earlier session. Joe is going to tell us why mountain biking and analytics are similar. The Huka...

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