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OPUS Spring 2013 Meeting

Wednesday June 12, 2013
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street (at Confederation Square)

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Come network with your SAS Ottawa peers.

1:00 a.m. – 1:10 a.m.

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Announcement and Contest for Returning Attendees*

Joel Orr, Statistics Canada, SAS OPUS President

     Announcement (PowerPoint)

1:10 a.m. – 1:20 a.m.

SAS Canada News

Matt Malczewski, Communities Manager, SAS Canada

Catch up on news and recent events in the SAS world, both in Ottawa and world-wide.

     Presentation (PowerPoint)

1:20 p.m – 1:45 p.m.

Presentation: More Better SAS Graphs

Jeff Marchand, Health Canada

Topics include:

  1. how to add reference lines and their labels to graphs,
  2. how to control font sizes
  3. how to label all data points with POINTLABEL statement
  4. how to label series and individual data points and draw arrows with the annotate facility
  5. how to build graphical key performance indicators with PROC GKPI and
  6. how to plot your data geographically with PROC GMAP.
  7.      Examples (EG Project)

1:45 p.m – 2:05 p.m.

Presentation: SAS Visual Analytics (Part 1)

Frank Scott, SAS Canada – Ottawa

Topics include:
Exploring your data:

  1. Self-service, Approachable Analytics
  2. Working with large data sets
  3. Analytics on the fly
  4. Independence from IT – Create your own structures
  5. Share the Results…to be continued…
2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Break and Networking

2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Presentation: SAS Visual Analytics (Part 2)

Frank Scott, SAS Canada – Ottawa

Topics include:
Report Viewing & Mobile BI:

  1. Share the Results – refine the report
  2. View & interact with the Results – on your mobile device
  3. to be continued…at workshop
  4.      Presentation (PowerPoint)

2:45 p.m – 3:15 p.m.

Presentation: Deploying SAS programs as Web Services

Greg Ludwinski, Statistics Canada

Through the use of web services, the power of SAS could be leveraged by a wide variety of client applications. This would provide a loosely coupled, platform & language independent solution to integration that is based on standards. Fortunately for us, the SAS BI Platform has a facility that makes it easy to expose Stored Processes as Web Services called SAS BI Web Services for Java. This presentation will showcase this feature of the platform and demonstrate how Stored Processes translate into Web Services.

     Presentation (PowerPoint)

3:15 p.m – 3:30 p.m.

Presentation: SAS Online Resources

Tom Kari, Tom Kari Consulting

One of the benefits of transitioning to a role as a private consultant is that I now have the time to read all of those SAS papers that were piling up! I'll demonstrate some of the online SAS resources that I've found helpful to stay up to date, to solve problems, and to learn new features of SAS. Never again will you be able to say that you can't find the answer!

     Presentation (PowerPoint)

3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Door Prizes

Workshop Announcement

Visual Analytics 6.1 (Yes You Can!)
SAS Institute Ottawa
Friday June 14th 2013
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

a. Exploration and Visualization

b. Modeling data, Dashboarding, Mobile & Consumer view

c. How VA works with your existing SAS environment

OASUS & SAS OPUS Fall 2013 meeting: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

OASUS & SAS OPUS Spring 2014 meeting: Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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* Returning attendees are defined as people having completed evaluation forms at previous meetings.