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Administrative Interfaces
SAS Management Console provides a single interface through which system
administrators can manage and monitor SAS servers, explore and manage metadata
repositories, manage user and group accounts, and administer security.
With SAS 9.4, SAS introduces SAS Environment Manager as the next-generation web-
based interface for SAS administration. Based on the VMware Hyperic product, SAS
Environment Manager incorporates the monitoring and managing of IT and SAS
resources into an overall service-management strategy. It also enables you to perform
SAS administration functions including authorization, user management, server
management, library management, and backup. For more information, see “SAS
Environment Manager” on page 45.
Scheduling in SAS
Platform Suite for SAS is an optional product that provides enterprise-level scheduling
capabilities in a single-server environment. Platform Suite for SAS is also included as
part of the SAS Grid Manager product to enable distributed enterprise scheduling,
workload balancing, and parallelized workload balancing. The components of Platform
Suite for SAS include Process Manager, Load Sharing Facility (LSF), and Grid
Management Services.
As an alternative, operating system services can be used to provide a basic level of
scheduling for SAS jobs, and SAS in-process scheduling enables you to schedule jobs
from certain web-based SAS applications.
Strategic Benefits of the SAS Intelligence
Platform
Multiple Capabilities Integrated into One Platform
The SAS Intelligence Platform combines advanced SAS analytics, high-speed
processing of large amounts of data, and easy-to-use query and reporting tools. The
result is accurate, reliable, and fast information with which to make decisions.
You can build data warehouses, perform data mining, enable users to query data and
produce reports from a web browser, and give users easy access to SAS processes that
perform robust analytics.
The SAS Intelligence Platform provides all of this functionality in one centrally
managed suite of products that are designed to work together seamlessly. This
integration reduces the administration, management, and deployment costs that would be
associated with providing multiple technologies to meet the needs of different users.
Consistency of Data and Business Rules
The SAS Intelligence Platform makes use of your organization's existing data assets,
enabling you to integrate data from multiple database platforms and ERPs. Tools are
provided to help ensure the reliability, consistency, and standardization of this data.
Users can choose from multiple tools with which to perform queries and produce
reports. Since all of the tools access data through the same metadata representations,
users throughout your enterprise receive consistent data. As a result, they can make
decisions based on a common version of the truth.
8 Chapter 1 Value of the SAS Intelligence Platform

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