you create an information map, make sure that you analyze the information
needs of your organization. Those needs become the requirements for
your information map.
step in creating an information map is adding the data sources, which
are references to one or more tables or a single cube (you cannot
use both tables and cubes in the same information map). Using the
data sources, you can create data items and filters for the information
the information map is created, you can test it in SAS Information
Map Studio to ensure that it generates the queries that you expect.
The information map can then be saved and used in select SAS software
products (see What Software Products Use SAS Information Maps?)
. These products use the information map to query the data
that is stored in the referenced tables or cube. The resulting set
of data can be displayed to your end user in different ways (for example,
as a report, a graph, or a data table).
The Life Cycle of a Relational SAS Information Map
1The information map in this diagram is created from
the columns that the information map's data source references.
2An SQL query is generated from the information map.
3The SQL query is executed to produce a result set.