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SAS user groups can be found in many places around the world.
- 1 History
- 2 Distinguishing features
- 3 Benefits of user groups
- 4 Types of user groups
- 5 SAS Users' papers about user groups
- 6 User group formation and governance
- 7 Article outline/ideas
- 8 User Groups around the world
- 9 User Groups by location
- 10 External links
One thing that distinguishes SAS from many other computer programming languages and applications is the strong and enthusiastic support of users of SAS. SAS users have been meeting and discussing SAS and its uses for many years. The first SAS user group conference was held in 1976, and such formal meetings have been held annually ever since.
User groups may be distinguished from clubs and other recreational or social groups because of the professional activities the group undertakes. User education by sharing problems, solutions, experiences, knowledge and skills among user peers is a frequent activity. Rather than having a single presenter or teacher, users take turns presenting their work or insights to other users and having their work reviewed by their peers.
Benefits of user groups
Users groups provide users the chance to network and meet users of varying levels of experience. They also give the chance to attend and give presentations on a variety of subjects. User group meetings have been known to spark conversations and build relationships that may not have otherwise formed.
For users' employers
Encouraging employees to participate in user groups gives employers the chance to get the organization name out. By allowing employees to participate, employers enable networking relationships to grow. User group participation is an investment in more productive employees, as they get the chance to learn and teach, while mingling with like-minded users.
For corporate bodies
Organizations can host user group meetings or sponsor user groups. Corporate bodies can also have in-house user groups, for employees across teams to interact and discuss SAS and related technologies.
For the vendor
The vendor benefits from user groups by having a forum where they can provide advice, meet customers, and develop relationships. A vendor can also present on new products or methodologies, and contribute to the discussion about uses or challenges of their product(s).
Types of user groups
There are several different types of user groups
- International user groups
- provide global or at least continental coverage.
- National user groups
- serve users in a country.
- Local user groups
- serve users in a city, state, province or area.
- Corporate user groups
- serve users in one corporation or institution.
- Special interest user groups
- serve users in a particular industry or with interest in particular applications or research areas.
- On-line or virtual user groups
- provide an electronic presence for users to share and learn.
SAS Users' papers about user groups
User group formation and governance
Explain what a user group is and how it differs from a club, how to set one up or find one in your area, minimum requirements, etc.
Why have user groups?
Benefits of a user group
- for emloyees and users
- for employers
- for vendors
- corporate vs area groups
- in-house vs external - benefits of different viewpoints
- teaching and learning opportunities
- benefits of presenting papers/programs/code/etc - quality improvement - peer review and feedback, exposure to critica views and comments
Establishing a user group
- minimum requirements
- critical mass
- governance and office holders
- member services, newsletters, employment opportunities, consulting, partnerships
- critical success factors, workload and burnout, risk factors in reliance on key people
- frequency and format of meetings
- social events
User Groups around the world
List global, regional, local, area, and corporate SAS user groups.
- and On-line
- Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific
- USA, Canada, UK, EU, Australia & NZ
- US States
- Special interests
- Utilities, Healthcare, Education, Military, Banking & finance, Government
- Corporate groups
User Groups by location
- Also see Local User Groups by Geography.
- SAS Global Forum
- SAS Global Users Group
- SAS User Group International (SUGI)
- Virtual SAS Users Group (Virtual SUG)
- Latin American SAS User Groups
- Canadian SAS User Groups
- Calgary SAS League and Users Group (CSLUG)
- Edmonton SAS User Group (e-SUG)
- Golden Horseshoe SAS User Group
- SAS Halifax Regional User Group
- Montreal SAS Users Group (MONSUG)
- Ottawa Platform User Society (SAS OPUS)
- Ottawa Area SAS Users Society (OASUS)
- Quebec SAS Users Group (Club des utilisateurs SAS de Quebec)
- Groupe d'utilisateurs de SAS de la ville de Québec
- Saskatchewan SAS Users Group
- Toronto Area SAS Society (TASS)
- Toronto Data Mining Forum
- Vancouver SAS User Group
- Winnipeg SAS Users Group
- Western Canadian SAS Users Summit (WestSUS)
Regional Users Groups
- (See Category:Regional User Groups for related articles.)
The USA is served by 5 regional user groups or RUGs.
- NorthEast SAS Users Group (NESUG) primarily serves SAS users in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, as well as the Eastern Provinces of Canada.
- SouthEast SAS Users Group (SESUG) primarily serves SAS users in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia as well as sharing the District of Columbia and Maryland with NESUG.
- MidWest SAS Users Group (MWSUG) primarily serves SAS users in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) primarily serves SAS users in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
- Western Users of SAS Software (WUSS) primarily serves SAS users in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington state, and Wyoming. Also serves (This regional group now serves the Pacific-Northwest region previously served by the Pacific Northwest SAS Users Group (PNWSUG), which disolved in 2011, and also served the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, and Alberta.)
Local Users Groups
- Alaska SAS Users Group
- Allentown or Lehigh Valley SAS User's Group
- Austin-Area SAS Users Group
- Bay Area SAS Users Group
- Birmingham Users Group for SAS
- Bismarck SAS Users Group
- Boston Area SAS Users Group
- Buffalo SAS Users Group
- Central Indiana SAS User Group
- Central Ohio SAS Users Group
- Charlotte SAS Users Group
- Chicago Area SAS Users Group
- Cleveland SAS User Group
- Dartmouth Area SAS Users Group
- Denver SAS Users Group
- East Tennessee SAS Users Group
- Florida Gulf Coast SAS Users Group
- Genesee Valley SAS User Group
- Greater Atlanta SAS Users Group
- Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Area SAS User Group (CinSUG)
- HBG, PA SUG
- Hartford Area SAS User Group
- Hawaii SAS Users Group
- Highmark SAS User Group
- Houston Users Group - SAS
- Illinois SAS User Groups
- Iowa SAS Users Group
- Jackson Area SAS Users Group
- Jacksonville SAS Users Group
- Kansas City Area SAS Users Group
- Los Angeles Basin SAS Users Group
- Maryland SAS User Group
- Memphis Area SAS User Group
- Michigan SAS Users Group
- Mid-Missouri SAS Users Group
- Nashville SAS Users Group
- Nebraska SAS Users Group
- Nevada SAS user Group
- New Jersey SAS Users Group
- New York Area SAS User Group
- North Texas SAS Users Group
- Northern Colorado-Wyoming SAS Users Group
- Northern Illinois SAS User Group
- Northern Virginia SAS User Group
- Ohio SAS® Users Group
- Orange County and Inland Empire SAS Users Group
- Penn State Area SAS Users Group
- Philadelphia Area SAS Users Group - Philadelphia Area SAS Users Group (PhilaSUG)
- Portland Area SAS User Group
- Puget Sound SAS Users Group (PugSUG)
- Red River Valley Users Group
- Research Triangle SAS User Group
- SAS Users Group of Maine
- South Carolina SAS Users Group - South Carolina SUG (SCSUG)
- South Dakota SAS Users Group (SDSUG)
- Southeast Idaho SAS Users Group
- Sacramento Valley SAS Users
- San Diego SAS Users Group
- Seattle Area SAS Users Group - now defunct. See Puget Sound SAS Users Group (PugSUG).
- South Florida SAS Users Group
- State of North Carolina SAS Users Group
- State of Oregon SAS Users Group (SOSUG)
- Tarrant County SAS Users Group
- The Dartmouth Institute Area SAS® Users Group renamed as Dartmouth Area SAS® Users Group.
- Twin Cities SAS User Group
- UIOWA SAS User Group
- University of Pennsylvania SAS Users Group
- Utah Users of SAS Software
- VA-Austin SAS Users Group
- Valley of the Sun SAS Users Group
- Vancouver SAS Users Group
- Virginia SAS Users Group
- Washington DC SAS Users Group
- Western Pennsylvania SAS Users Group
- Windy City SAS Users Group (WCSUG)
- Wisconsin Illinois SAS Users
- Wisconsin SAS Users Group
- Asia Pacific SAS User Groups
- Canberra SAS User Group
- Melbourne SAS User Group
- Perth SAS User Group
- Sydney SAS User Group
- New Zealand SAS User Group
- SAS User Group (Singapore)
- SAS Users Groups in Japan
- SAS Users Groups in Korea
- European SAS User Groups
- Finnish SAS User Group
- German SAS-Wiki
- Redscope.org - german speaking SAS community
- SAS Nordic Users Group
- Spanish SAS users
- UK SAS London User Group
In House User Groups
- ARS Statisticians SAS Users Group
- BB&T SAS Users Group
- Canadian ABM SAS Users Group
- CMS SAS User Group
- HP SGS SUG
- ORS - Columbia, SC SAS User Group
- US Bank In-House SAS User Group
Special Interest User Groups
- Special Interest User Groups / Symposiums
- Business Intelligence SAS User Group
- Health Users Group (HUG)
- Insurance and Finance SAS Users Group (IFSUG)
- JMP Users Group
- Pharmaceutical Industry SAS Users Group
- PharmaSUG, Pharmaceutical Industry SAS Users Group
- SAS Energy Risk User Group
- SAS Retail Users Group
- SAS Utilities User Group
- Corporate and Area User Groups by Charles E. Shipp, Northrop Corporation. Presented at SUGI87