The information design tools enable business analysts and information architects to
organize data in ways that are meaningful to business users, while shielding the end
users from the complexities of underlying data structures. These tools include the
• SAS Information Map Studio enables analysts and information architects to create
and manage information maps that contain business metadata about your data.
• SAS OLAP Cube Studio enables information architects to create cube definitions
that organize summary data along multiple business dimensions.
The self-service reporting and analysis tools enable business users to query, view, and
explore centrally stored information. Users can create their own reports, graphs, and
analyses in the desired format and level of detail. In addition, they can find, view, and
share previously created reports and analyses. The tools feature intuitive interfaces that
enable business users to perform these tasks with minimal training and without the
involvement of information technology staff.
The self-service reporting and analysis tools include the following products:
• SAS Web Report Studio is a web-based query and reporting tool that enables users at
any skill level to create, view, and organize reports.
• SAS Information Delivery Portal provides a web-based, personalized workplace to
help decision makers easily find the information that they need.
• SAS BI Portlets includes portlets, such as the SAS Stored Process Portlet and the
SAS Report Portlet, that add value to the SAS Information Delivery Portal.
• SAS BI Dashboard enables SAS Information Delivery Portal users to create,
maintain, and view dashboards to monitor key performance indicators that convey
how well an organization is performing.
• SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office enables users to access SAS functionality from
within Microsoft Office products.
• SAS Enterprise Guide is a project-oriented Windows application that enables users
to create processes that include complex computations, business logic, and
• SAS Mobile BI enables users to use mobile devices (iPad and Android) to view
certain relational reports that have been created with SAS Web Report Studio.
As users create information maps, cubes, report definitions, portal content definitions,
and stored processes, information about them is stored in the SAS Metadata Repository.
Client applications and users can access these information assets on a need-to-know
basis. Access is controlled through multilayered security that is enforced through the
For a description of each of the business intelligence tools, see Chapter 6, “Clients in the
SAS Intelligence Platform,” on page 41.
SAS offers the richest and widest portfolio of analytic products in the software industry.
The portfolio includes products for predictive and descriptive modeling, data mining,
text analytics, forecasting, optimization, simulation, and experimental design. You can
use any combination of these tools with the SAS Intelligence Platform to add precision
and insight to your reports and analyses.
SAS software provides the following types of analytical capabilities:
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