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Similarly, business logic, complex computations, and analytic algorithms can be
developed once and stored centrally in SAS processes for all users to access. These
processes, as well as the information in the SAS Metadata Repository, are controlled
through multi-level security.
Fast and Easy Reporting and Analysis
The SAS Intelligence Platform's self-service reporting and analysis tools enable users
across the enterprise to access and query data from virtually any data source. Any
number of users can use wizards to create reports in the needed time frames, without
waiting for support from information technology professionals. Through web-based
interfaces, users can explore large volumes of multidimensional data quickly and
interactively, from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels of detail.
The reporting and analysis tools hide complex data structures, so that average business
users can perform queries without having to learn new skills. The intelligence storage
options are optimized for analytical processing, enabling the reporting tools to quickly
retrieve large volumes of data.
As a result of these reporting and analysis capabilities, everyone spends less time
looking for answers and more time driving strategic decisions.
Analytics Available to All Users
SAS is the market leader in analytics. With the SAS Intelligence Platform, you can make
the full breadth of SAS analytics available to users throughout the enterprise.
SAS analytics include algorithms for functions such as predictive and descriptive
modeling, forecasting, optimization, simulation, and experimental design. You can now
incorporate these capabilities into self-service reports and analyses, so that decision
makers throughout your enterprise can benefit from the accuracy and precision of high-
end analytics.
About SAS Visual Analytics
SAS Visual Analytics complements the capabilities of the SAS Intelligence Platform.
SAS Visual Analytics is a high-performance, in-memory solution for exploring massive
amounts of data very quickly. The offering includes a highly visual drag-and-drop
interface that enables users to quickly identify patterns and trends in huge volumes of
data and identify opportunities for further analysis. An easy-to-use visual design
interface enables users to create reports or dashboards that can be viewed on a mobile
device or on the web.
Using these tools, business users can explore data on their own to develop new insights,
and analysts can speed up the modeling cycle by quickly identifying statistically relevant
variables. A key component of SAS Visual Analytics is the SAS LASR Analytic Server,
which quickly reads data into memory for fast processing and data visualization.
The SAS Visual Analytics infrastructure includes some of the same software
components that are included in the SAS Intelligence Platform. However, SAS Visual
Analytics is installed in a dedicated environment that includes specialized hardware and
its own instances of SAS software and servers.
For more information, see http://www.sas.com/software/visual-analytics/overview.html.
About SAS Visual Analytics 9
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