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Who is CJac?
I'm Clarence Wm. Jackson, CSQA. "CSQA" is the designation for 'certified software quality analyst', although I was initially certified as a 'CQA' by QAI in 1999 during the Y2K fun in IT.
I came to SAS as a COBOL/ALC programmer, and met the software at the beginning of my city service as a business systems analyst in the Finance and Revenue department back in 1983. We have become very good friends, and it has helped me do my job in various positions while at the city.
I retired as a senior IT manager over quality assurance and testing (QA), disaster recovery, change management, internal controls, and IT risk analysis in the IT department of the City of Dallas on January 15, 2008 after 25 years and a few months of having fun using SAS to improve the way the city works.
I now provide IT management help to various entities in the North Texas area.
User Groups I am involved in
As a SAS user, my need to know more started in 1983 with V82.4, which implemented the MACRO facility. Until then, our old programs used text macros, which was just text subing. I wanted to learn more about how to make the software work, and my boss sent me to SUGI 11 in Atlanta, after getting a copy of the SUGI 10 proceedings.
I volunteered to be a session coordinator for the round tables. But the thing the hit me on my 1st SUGI (now SGF), was how many nice folks used SAS, how much fun it was to network with others that use the software, and that we could help each other learn the software.
I called a BOFS of Dallas Area SAS users at that conference and met Ramesh Ramator, who also was a SAS user at the Dallas Fed Bank, just down the street city hall. We decided that since Dallas would be the site of SUGI 12, we would try and get more folks from Dallas to continue meeting and talking about SAS. That worked well, and we now have NOTSUG still going strong. Visit our web site and our site on the sasCommunity.
At the the New Orleans conference, Tom Winn, my long lost big brother found me and my other lost siblings, and we formed SCSUG. We are still having fun holding events in the 5 state areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Lousisana, and New Mexico. I am the current SCSUG, Inc. President, past Vice President, and a co-founder and charter member. I have been the conference chair or co-chair for several SCSUG Regional Conferences. Visit our SCSUG page on the sasCommunity.
As part of my involvement with SAS user groups, I have been able to meet people over the years that make it special to go to SAS events. And SAS Inst has been one great company to work with in solving our problems. I couldn't ask for better software, and I have practical experience with developing most mainframe and client server applications. So, as part of my withdrawal from the city, I pulled out my copy of the SAS Learning Edition, and found me a laptop with XP Pro, and enjoying retirement.
Papers and Presentations
I have presented at various SAS and Quality Assurance Inst events regarding quality control, production improvement processes, change management, regulatory compliance issues in IT, and IT disaster recovery planning and testing. I have also presented at least one paper at every SCSUG since 1991. Visit my personal homepage for more details.
"Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan"
People that know me know that I follow the PMBOK and CBOK in doing projects. I can also assess when things will go wrong just by looking at the stuff from a project. Good shops follow good practices, and a CMMI level 5 shop is hard to find.
SAS has always been software that can be used for planning and analysis, and it can be a great tool for anything that comes to mind.
'PDCA - Plan, Do, Check, Act' - what does it mean? It is the 'QA Circle':
* Plan your work that you want to do * Do the work * Check the results * Act on the results and make adjustments in your plan
In the beginning of my IT career while in the Army in 1973, my family wondered what the heck was I thinking. But it was a good plan someone had to put me in position to find my good buddy SAS. It worked out, so, try planning your work, then work your plan.
CJac Consulting Services
I have over 30 years of IT experience that I offer to help others:
- I provide help for improving IT products and services thru quality assurance principles and practices. Whatever the problem is, I have a solution that will improve your processes.
- I started the city's disaster recovery activities. I managed the BIA, the BCP, and the actual testing of the disaster recovery plan. We tested twice per year. Let me know if you need help getting your disaster recovery off the ground.
- I provide programming in SAS, MACRO, and various mainframe and client/server lanquages and platforms.
- I provide testing of your applications. Best test before you ship.
- I provide assistance in change management and control processes.
- I also provide custom training in SAS, change management, disaster recovery, configuration management, quality assurance, IT testing, and other subjects that I have experience in.
Let me know if I can help you improve! In these times, improving processes reduces costs, and that could buy more gas, if not save a position or two in your company.
I Volunteered to help the sasCommunity!
I asked Don if I could help, and he and the other members gave their approval. So I'm a gardener!
What is this you ask? We're a bunch of users like yourself that monitor stuff on the sasCommunity site, and make adjustments to improve the look and feel of the site. For instance, I may update your page, but I will always leave a note. I will never update your content. I'm looking at categories, and making corrections. Say you typed the category wrong, well, folks like me are prowling and surfing, and if we come across it, we'll fix it for you and send you a note.
The Wiki allows for folks to update your content, but I will never do that. What I will do is create some categories, and add it to your article if it fits. I'm looking for the limit of categories, but there don't seem to be a problem. There are pages with more that 25 categories, and it makes it way easier to find using the power of the Wiki!
Good to see you on the sas community! Get registered, and have fun!
--CJ 18:27, 4 June 2008 (EDT)