|Introducing SAS and SAS/ASSIST Software
SAS is a modular, integrated, hardware-independent system
software for enterprise-wide information delivery. What distinguishes the
software is its ability to
make enterprise data a generalized resource available
to any user or application that requires it, regardless of the source of the
transform enterprise data into meaningful information
for a broad range of applications.
deliver critical information through a variety
of interfaces that are tailored to the needs and experience of the individual
perform consistently across a broad range of hardware
environments while exploiting the particular advantages of each environment.
SAS integrates all of these elements into a powerful
software system. SAS views virtually any application as a collection of data-driven
tasks or processes that can be generally classified as described in the following
Data access is the process of accessing the data
the application. SAS treats enterprise data as an available resource by providing
transparent access to
popular database management systems such as DB2,
IMS, INGRES, SYBASE, ORACLE, and DEC Rdb.
flat files, system-specific files, and other historical
or "legacy" data types
SAS' own relational data structure.
Through SAS' Multiple Engine
Architecture (MEA), these
data sources can be combined to provide an enterprise Data Warehouse that
gives end users the information they need to do their jobs without jeopardizing
the security and integrity of data assets or negatively affecting the performance
of production databases.
Data management is the process of shaping data
into a form required
by the application. You can manage your data by entering, editing, retrieving,
formatting, and converting your data.
Data analysis is the process of transforming raw
data into meaningful
and useful information. You can analyze your data using descriptive statistics,
multivariate techniques, forecasting and modeling, and linear programming.
Data presentation is the process of
in ways that clearly demonstrate its significance. You can present your data
by using reports, business and analytical graphics, and business correspondence.
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