Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Celebration is in the Air

... and it may not just be the spirit of the season! We've finally arrived: the final user group meeting of 2010. It's hard to believe, to be honest... this has been such a busy, full year with so much to celebrate. I'll have a lot of numbers, testamonials and new developments to share with you in the coming weeks... so just because the meetings are done for now doesn't mean there won't be any more posts! Au contraire, I feel like I'm just warming up...

The last TASS meeting of the year will be taking place this Friday, December 17th: if you haven't yet registered, it's not too late! You'll find the full agendas of both meetings here, as well as opportunities to register. In addition to this being the last meeting of the year, it's also a cause for celebration: this is the 25th anniversary of TASS! One of the original members, Carl Clutton, will be regaling the group with tales of the early days of TASS... 20 people who paid yearly dues to attend the small sessions. Fast forward in time and we're now seeing over 200 people attending what has grown into a full day meeting experience. The morning portion of the meeting focuses on coding-related issues, and the afternoon on more point-and-click interfaces such as Enteprise Guide, JMP, and Enterprise Miner.

This TASS meeting will feature Chevell Parker, an exciting coup for SAS Canada! Chevell is an incredibly valuable member of the SAS family. A Microsoft Office/Excel guru, Chevell will be talking about maximizing output between SAS and Excel, as well as some FAQs around how the two applications mesh. We're very excited to have been able to 'steal' him from Cary for a few short days... and on his wife's birthday to boot! Thanks, Chevell.

Look forward to seeing many of you on Friday and I'll have more following the meeting: stay tuned...

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