Houston Users Group - SAS

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HUGS has been linking together members of the SAS User Community in the Houston area for over two decades albeit with a couple of dry spells. We sponsor meetings to review topics of general interest to the local users, and offer a forum for sharing information between companies and people in the local network.


Meetings are held roughly three times a year, whenever we get up the energy and resources to put together a program. Our greatest difficulty is finding willing and able speakers to prepare a presentation for our group. If you have a subject which is near and dear to your heart, and are willing to spend some time preparing and presenting - please contact Laudemer.Vigilla@Times.UH.edu. We will put you on the agenda for a meeting in the near future.

Next Meeting

Friday, December 9, 2016.

1-3 PM with snack provided by SAS during intermission

Meeting Agenda:
Speaker: Shannon Moore, Senior Systems Engineer, has been with SAS since 1997 and is a charter member of the SAS’ Customer Loyalty organization. His areas of emphasis include: Enterprise Business Intelligence, Office Analytics, ODS Statistical Graphics and he is a SAS Certified Visual Business Analyst. He has experience in many industries including Health and Life Sciences, Financial Services and Government. Shannon graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Talk #1:
Data Preparation Techniques for Analytics in SAS® Enterprise Guide®
In this session, we will cover the data structures required for different types of analytics, including descriptive statistics, modeling, multivariate analysis, forecasting and quality control. Using SAS Enterprise Guide, we will look at examples on how to create these data structures from raw or transactional data.

Talk #2:
What’s New in SAS® ODS Graphics This session explores the new graphical capabilities available directly from many existing SAS procedures and the new SG procedures. Also, learn more about What’s New in ODS Graphics, including the ODS Graphics Designer, the ODS Graphics Editor and the Graph Template Language. Updated to include SAS 9.4 changes.


University of Houston Campus
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
Room #315 (3rd floor)
4849 Calhoun Rd.
(Google Maps or MapQuest: Search 4811 Calhoun Rd.)
Houston, TX 77204
4811 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204

RSVP: You should receive a registration e-mail from SAS in the last two weeks of November. If not, please contact Laudemer Vigilla at Laudemer.Vigilla@times.uh.edu

Driving Directions

Here is a mapquest link to the building: MapQuest link to Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Parking: The best place to park is across the street on the west side of Calhoun in the Welcome Center & Garage. This link shows the Health and Medical Sciences building and the Welcome Center and Garage.

The cost for parking is $3 per hour with a $9 maximum per day.

Lost?: If you need assistance, please call 832-842-7023.

Last Meeting

Friday, December 4, 2015.

12:30-3 PM with lunch provided by SAS

Meeting Agenda:

Talk #1:
Jill Tao, Principal Technical Support Statistician, SAS
Advanced Techniques for Fitting Mixed Models Using SAS/STAT® Software.

Talk #2:
Vincent DelGobbo, Senior Software Developer, SAS
Creating Multi-Sheet Microsoft Excel Workbooks With SAS: The Basics and Beyond, Part Two

HUGS Board

If you need to contact someone regarding HUGS:

Kevin.Davidson@times.uh.edu (General issues)

Laudemer.Vigilla@times.uh.edu (to join list, RSVP for a meeting, or interested in presenting)