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Ottawa Area SAS Users Society (OASUS)

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Thursday June 12, 2014

Tentative Agenda

08:30 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 Welcome & Introduction - John Ladds, Statistics Canada
09:05 SAS News - Matt Malczewski, Communities Manager, SAS Canada
09:10 SAS OPUS – Joel Orr, Statistics Canada
09:15 Grid – The Evolution from Parallel Processing to Modern Day Computing
- Vecdet Mehmet-Ali and Greg McLean, Statistics Canada
Grid computing is becoming more and more integral to the SAS System. Processing larger amounts of data in shorter periods of time has become a necessity. However, grid computing is not necessarily something new. The concept and the ability to process data in a parallel fashion have been available to SAS users for the past 20 years.
In our presentation we will give a brief history and evolution of SAS/Connect software discussing some of the important concepts related to grid or parallel processing. We will also demonstrate a Tabulation System highlighting the issues that pertain to a modern day SAS Grid system.
10:00 Q & A Session - Yves DeGuire, Statistics Canada
Answers to your questions from the previous meeting will be presented.
10:20 Break, Networking & Job Exchange Table
10:40 Growing your SAS Team - Howard Hurley, Statistics Canada
This presentation will discuss how Health Statistics Division came to build their own SAS resources sharing community.
11:10 Get Certified as a Base and Advanced SAS Programmer - Pinchao Ma, Statistics Canada
In this presentation, the presenter will generally introduce the SAS Certified Professional Program, as well as review the benefits of becoming a SAS Certified Programmer. Also the presenter will talk about the coverage and the registration of the certification exams. In addition, the presenter will share his experience and strategies in preparing for these two exams.
11:30 Closing Remarks & Door Prizes
11:45 Lunch (on your own)
01:00 SAS OPUS - SAS Ottawa Platform Users Society[1] meeting.

Location: National Art Centre

Tentative dates for future OASUS meetings at the NAC

Thursday November 20, 2014
Thursday June 4, 2015
Thursday November 19, 2015
Thursday June 9, 2016
Thursday November 17, 2016

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--OASUS President (talk) 14:03, 22 April 2014 (CDT)