Oct 18,2017 at RTI International

Our next RTSUG meeting will be held Oct 18,2017 at RTI International

WHY:       Join us for an afternoon of networking and learning!

WHEN:    Wednesday, Oct 18th,2017 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

WHERE:   RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Rd,RTP NC 27709

ROOM:     Cox Building - Multipurpose Room


We look forward to seeing you at the meeting,
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2:30 - 2:45PM Sign in and network

2:45 - 2:50PM Welcome – Annette Green – RTI International

2:50 - 3:00PM Upcoming SESUG Information – Jason Brinkley

3:00 - 3:20PM (includes 5 minutes for questions)
Presenter: David Wilson, Ph.D. Authors: David Wilson, Annette M. Green, Karen Terminiello

3:25 - 3:45PM (Includes 5 minutes for questions)
Presenter: Rita Thissen Authors: Susan Myers, Inga Allred, M. Rita Thissen Title: Migrating from PC-SAS to SAS-Grid on Linux

3:45 - 4:05PM (Includes 5 minutes for questions)
Presenter: Kim Chantala Authors: Kim Chantala, Jean Robinson, Helen Smith Title: A Software Toolkit for Data Management

4:05 - 4:15PM Break:

4:15 - 5:00PM GatherIQ Presented by I-Sah Hsieh, SAS


David Wilson, Annette M. Green, Karen Terminiello

Getting on SAS Grid, Our Journey (Will be presented in the Planning/Support/Administration Section of SESUG)

RTI International made the move from PC and server-based SAS to SAS Grid this past year. The decision to move to the Grid was based on cost over time,scalability - allowing room for growth, centralization of SAS administration, improved performance, and a highly available environment. This paper willfocus on how the overall transition occurred from the decision to move to SAS Grid to getting 400+ SAS users successfully transitioned within a 12-monthperiod on both the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Low (limited adverse effect) and FIPS Moderate (serious adverse effect) environments. Theprocess included getting sponsorship from the business units and IT, identifying an implementation partner, forming stake-holder teams, gatheringrequirements and designing the system, establish a plan and timeline for communication, implementation, training, and roll-out. Along the way, weaddressed challenges in our environment: which platform to use, moving from Windows to Linux, FIPS mod requirements that impacted the architecture of thesystem, user response to the transition, regional users and data housed at regional offices, as well as legacy code that required modification due to themove to SAS Grid. Some unexpected positive items to come out of the transition included more collaboration between SAS programmers across the business unitswhich continue after the transition was completed and overall knowledge of what SAS programmers throughout the company utilize in their project specific code. As we transition from implementation to operational mode as a company that utilizes SAS Grid, our previous project technical advisory team has become aGrid advisory committee, a cross-functional team that continues to emphasize the business needs of the analytical community as well as improve ourrelationship with SAS and leverage the latest features SAS offers. We hope sharing our experience and lesson-learned will be valuable to others considering the transition to SAS Grid.

Susan Myers, Inga Allred, M. Rita Thissen

Migrating from PC-SAS to SAS-Grid on Linux

SAS Grid is available for Windows or Unix, and it offers features and benefits not available under PC SAS. What challenges do programmers face when an organization makes the move from Windows-based PC SAS to Linux-based SAS Grid? To adapt to the new system, one must address differences between Windows and Linux as well as the differences between PC SAS and SAS Grid, and some batch operations must coordinate programs on both platforms as part of the same overall process. The authors present their experience and lessons learned regarding Windows versus Linux, the use of PuTTY versus MobaXTerm terminal emulators, data management, program conversion and the use of Windows command files that call Linux shell scripts. The resulting systems work well, but the learning curve can be steep.

Kim Chantala, Jean Robinson, Helen Smith

A Software Toolkit for Data Management

We have developed a suite of data tools to help keep data preparation on schedule and within budget. This toolkit provides a remarkably easy, low-cost way to create codebooks, master lists of SAS data sets for a project, reports of variables needing special investigation, and data crosswalks showing the relationship of variables across datasets. Traditionally, these documents are produced at the end of a project with a great deal of programming or are manually produced, but our tools allow the programmer to seamlessly create these documents at any time during the data preparation task. We have found that producing these documents early in data collection improves data quality and communication between the data collection team and client. This toolkit provides a comprehensive way to document and review not only datasets you create, but also datasets that you receive, especially if they do not have good documentation. Our paper illustrates how to run these macros and provides tips to add embellishments or tailor the documents to your project needs.

I-Sah Hsieh, SAS

Doing our part in the Data4Good movement

Want to use your data and analytic skills to do social good and help amazing causes (without leaving your desk)? This session will share how you can get involved with projects that enable more analytic-driven decisions for those on the front lines of amazing causes. Within the SAS user community, there is a growing group of analytic volunteers. Tasks that are simple (even mundane) for SAS users can help people in need and save lives. Come learn how you can give back and be a part of the #Data4Good movement.

We look forward to seeing you there!


    Directions to RTI: Note meeting takes place in the Cox Building – Multipurpose Room (Located near lobby)

    From Chapel Hill ~12 miles via I-40 E Take Exit 280. • Turn right onto Davis Drive. • Turn left onto East Cornwallis Road (Traffic Light) • Turn left onto West Institute Drive (Traffic Light)

    From Durham ~8 miles via NC-147 S (Durham Freeway) Take Exit 6. • Turn left onto East Cornwallis Road. • Turn right onto West Institute Drive (Traffic Light)

    From Raleigh ~18 miles via I-40 W Take Exit 280. Turn right onto Davis Drive. Turn left onto East Cornwallis Road. Turn left onto West Institute Drive (Traffic Light).

    Directions to the Cox Building from West Institute Drive: • Once you have turned onto West Institute Drive (there will be a stop light at this entrance and the RTI corporate sign). • Go through the gated entrance (visitors must use the call box and inform security that they are here to visit Annette Green in the Cox Building to attend the RTSUG Meeting) • Once through the gate, take the third left and then park in the parking lot in front of the Cox Building (labeled Q on the map). You may park in visitor spaces on the front row or in any empty space on other tiers of the lot. • Go to the front entrance of the Cox Building and someone will let you into the building where you will sign-in and pick up your name tag.

Next Meeting

Oct 18,2017
at RTI International