• give business users at all levels the ability to explore data from the warehouse in a
web browser, perform simple query and reporting functions, and view up-to-date
results of complex analyses
• use high-end analytic techniques to provide capabilities such as predictive and
descriptive modeling, forecasting, optimization, simulation, and experimental design
• centrally control the accuracy and consistency of enterprise data
With the SAS Intelligence Platform, you can implement an end-to-end intelligence
infrastructure using software that is delivered, tested, and integrated by SAS. Using the
tools provided in the SAS Intelligence Platform, you can create applications that reflect
your unique business requirements and domain knowledge.
Building on the technologies in the SAS Intelligence Platform, SAS offers solutions for
industries such as financial services, life sciences, health care, retail, and manufacturing,
as well as line-of-business solutions in areas such as customer management, enterprise
risk management, and financial management. The solutions incorporate predictive
analytics, industry and domain expertise, and specialized data structures.
A complete set of documentation for deploying and administering the SAS Intelligence
Platform is available at http://support.sas.com/94administration. The site provides the
primary administrative documentation for several software offerings, including the
• SAS BI Server
• SAS Enterprise BI Server
• SAS Data Management (Standard or Advanced) and other related offerings for data
management, data quality, and data governance
The SAS Data Integration Server offering has been revised, and the SAS Enterprise Data
Integration Server offering is available only through renewals.
Administrators who manage SAS products that use the metadata server should use the
documentation at this site. Supplemental guides provide additional details for other
products and domains.
Components of the SAS Intelligence Platform
The SAS Intelligence Platform includes components in the following categories:
The data management components enable you to consolidate and manage enterprise
data from a variety of source systems, applications, and technologies. Components
are provided to help you cleanse, migrate, synchronize, replicate, and promote your
data. In addition, SAS offers data storage options that are optimized for analytical
processing, enabling you to quickly analyze and report on large volumes of data.
Metadata for all of your intelligence resources is stored centrally and controlled
through a single management interface.
The business intelligence components enable users with various needs and skill
levels to create, produce, and share their own reports and analyses. Through easy-to-
use interfaces, users can obtain their own answers to business questions. Meanwhile,
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