Revolutionizing the BI Industry: SAS®9

The highly anticipated SAS®9 Intelligence Platform is now available to users worldwide. SAS®9 marks the most significant release in the company’s 28-year history. It offers a new platform, enhanced analytics and refined user interfaces that provide fresh insights for solving business problems and driving competitive advantage.

The SAS Intelligence Platform
SAS®9 is faster, more efficient and easier to use than its predecessors, and it can accommodate changing organizational needs without any loss of efficiency. The new platform connects all SAS applications so they work together transparently, and also communicates with other data sources and programs.

SAS®9 includes the SAS Intelligence Platform, a broad set of integrated software that provides easy-to-use business reporting and unparalleled analytics. It also boasts enhancement of the most tightly integrated optimization and predictive analytics capabilities in the industry, making it even easier to answer complex questions that traditional business intelligence cannot address.

“For years, SAS has been known as the industrial-strength analytics standard of choice,” says Jim Goodnight, president and CEO of SAS. “SAS®9 delivers the depth and breadth of enterprise BI that goes far beyond traditional query and reporting to deep analytics -- which is where most BI vendors stop short. The SAS Intelligence Platform gives organizations the decision-making confidence they need to meet regulatory compliance requirements and other business needs.”

The industry comments on SAS®9
Analysts, customers and other industry observers are impressed with the enhancements of SAS analytics as well as the overall powerful capabilities of SAS®9. Visit here for more feedback from our customers and partners.

“SAS has proven itself to be the leader in data warehousing; SAS®9 enhancements extend that lead. Using SAS®9 allows greater functionality while providing fit-to-task interfaces for business analysts, thus removing the bottleneck that results from depending on a specialized IT department. It’s critical to provide business intelligence throughout the enterprise, not only to isolated groups. SAS enables all leaders to execute knowledge-driven decisions.”
--Tad Richard, vice president of technology development at Intellicisions Data Inc.

“We’re using SAS Enterprise Miner and Text Miner on the new SAS®9 platform, along with other SAS software, to look at improving the quality of patient care by investigating the impact of hospital procedures upon outcomes. We’ve experienced greater depth of analytical functionality and new levels of ease of use. We couldn’t be happier with the integrated SAS®9 analytics tools. We’re continually amazed by insights that were previously hidden, and we’re proving over and over that SAS is worth its weight in gold.”
--Dr. Patricia Cerrito of the University of Louisville

“The SAS Intelligence Platform is built on a standards-centric architecture. Scalability and reliability are further ensured via new features such as multithreading and distributed computing, or grid computing, capabilities.”
-- Ian Charlesworth, senior research analyst at Butler Group

“In the past, we had limited access to operational information to support management decision-making. Now we have an infrastructure in place that easily delivers this information through its integrated, enterprisewide view that expands and supplements our data warehouse. In addition, by adopting SAS®9, we were able to build a foundation that allows us to rapidly and seamlessly react to constantly changing business needs.”
-- Choi Seung Hoi, general manager for field information strategy at LG Home Shopping Inc., based in Seoul, Korea.

Discover insights with powerful analytics
Enhanced analytics in SAS®9 include a comprehensive set of capabilities like predictive and descriptive modeling, forecasting, simulation, optimization, and design of experiments. SAS®9 takes full advantage of analytical advances, equipping users with additional and enhanced predictive modeling capabilities, PMML scoring code to ease deployment on analytics, and a Web-based model repository to enable reusability.

The result? An integrated, scalable, high-performance platform that gives executives unprecedented foresight, allowing them to anticipate the changing needs of the organization.

Now with new Java interfaces, SAS’ powerful and flexible data mining software, SAS Enterprise Miner, and text mining software, SAS Text Miner, enable forward-thinking organizations to analyze both structured data and unstructured text more easily. SAS text mining is fully integrated within SAS data mining, making it easy to achieve results more efficiently.

End-to-end BI
Now available, the SAS Intelligence Platform offers a range of software, including data integration (through the SAS Enterprise ETL Server), intelligence storage, advanced analytics, portal capabilities, and query and reporting (through the SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence Server). This new platform lays the foundation for future SAS solutions.

bulletSAS®9 data integration includes data quality and integrates data into a common, usable data store that offers an available, consistent and verifiable set of answers across the enterprise.

bulletEnhanced in SAS®9, SAS analytics answer complex questions. A diverse set of predictive, descriptive and statistical analytics software helps decision makers anticipate how their actions will impact the future.

bulletSAS®9 turns every employee into a knowledge worker. SAS Enterprise BI Server offers several user interfaces to improve usability throughout all levels of the enterprise.
SAS®9 delivers value to customers worldwide
The SAS Intelligence Platform is scalable and manageable. Its user-friendly foundation extends the reach of intelligence into any organizational level, and the SAS Intelligence Value Chain allows users to advance from simple data access and reporting to reap the added benefits of analytic intelligence without retraining.

From data integration to unparalleled analytic capabilities to business reporting, SAS delivers value and drives immediate results that help organizations increase return on investment, lower the cost of IT ownership and create a sustainable competitive advantage