SAS 9 offers more end-user appeal

The SAS Institute is repositioning its SAS 9 business intelligence tool as a completely rearchitected system which offers data...

The SAS Institute is repositioning its SAS 9 business intelligence tool as a completely rearchitected system which offers data management and analytics to everyone in the organisation.

SAS 9 features user interfaces designed to meet specific user needs, for example, web-based interfaces for the management layer, add-ins to Microsoft Office which allow results to be presented on applications such as Excel or Word, and an Enterprise Guide for power users, said Lui Yuan Tze, chief technology officer of SAS Institute.

This way, organisations no longer have to depend on business intelligence analysts or IT to churn out the reports. "With the data volume going up, information can no longer be controlled from a single point.

Other architectural enhancements in SAS 9 include tighter integration and multithreading.

SAS also provides for multi-processing across CPUs on one machine through the use of MPConnect, enabling grid computing in complex, distributed environments.

Interoperability is also provided at different layers --data, metadata layer, graphics and platform portability. "If you develop SAS applications on one operating system, you will be able to run them on another OS," said Lui.

Technology aside, SAS is also delivering prepackaged business applications on the SAS 9 platform to address the information needs of the enterprise in relation to its suppliers, the internal organisation and its customers.

In banking, for example, SAS offers risk compliance applications which help banks to assess market credit risks affected by the amount of credit they have to keep. Other capabilities of these prepackaged applications include churn management, campaign management, credit scoring, web analytics and corporate governance.

The first seven SAS applications which have been made available are Marketing Automation, Risk Dimensions, Strategic Performance Management, Financial Management, Supplier Relationship Management, Activity-based Management and IT Management.

Tan Ee Sze writes for Computerworld Singapore

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