SAS admins are a busy and curious group, and that is absolutely evident in this admin community. We have folks asking for intro-level help, as well as for information needed by an advanced admin. We have folks asking questions and sharing best practices. It is my absolute pleasure to help ALL of you get the information you need to do your jobs well.
To that end, here are just three of my “don’t miss” items from May:
SUGA held a webinar on May 23 where Mark Schneider covered the administration presentations during SAS Global Forum 2018. You can view the webinar and see the slides (complete with links to the presentations).
SAS employee Rob Collum posted a great article on contemplating I/O for SAS. He notes, “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to provisioning disk storage for SAS technologies. We must take care to proactively identify the areas where data transfer will play a key role in the perceived performance of our SAS solutions.”
On May 25th GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which is also known as DSGVO (Datenschutz-Grundverordnung), and probably other acronyms, came into effect. While SAS administrators may not need to adhere to the regulation in their day-to-day role, they would certainly need to be aware of it, like other regulations, to support their business users and protect the data SAS platforms access and use.
Identification and documentation of where the data lives will always be required.
Can we assess, document and understand the interfaces or data flows between data stores? This is important so you can understand what application or system created the data, as well as what applications or systems update or delete the data.
I encourage use of an enterprise data model (if you have one), as well as application system data models to help you understand the data.
What is the data quality, based on profiling or sampling the data stores?