SAS® Cost and Profitability Management
SAS Cost and Profitability Management (the new name for SAS Activity-Based Management) is an analytic application that determines cost and profitability by modeling business processes as cost flows among accounts. Typical accounts include resource, activity, and cost-object accounts. Cost flows between accounts are modeled by various kinds of drivers including evenly-assigned, percentage, and calculated drivers. With this solution, organizations can make informed decisions that streamline processes, deliver revenue growth and reduce costs across the organization.
The most recent release is SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1.
What's New in SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1
Enhancements to SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- High Performance Calculation
Using memory-mapped files managed directly by the operating system rather than database tables managed by a database management system, the new architecture of SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1 performs calculations in a fraction of the time required by previous releases as well as significantly decreasing the time required for import and export.
- Visual Analytics
With SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1, you can push your model data and fact tables to the SAS LASR Analytic Server for viewing with SAS Visual Analytics. You are no longer limited to OLAP technology for the analysis of data but can avail yourself of the power of in-memory architecture to explore your data in real time.
- "What-If" Analysis
A new Web application allows you to take advantage of high performance calculation to explore the effect of modifying the value of selected variables on selected account measures. Use the SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1 client to mark variables (such as cost elements and numeric attributes) and accounts for analysis, and then use the new "What-If" Web application to explore the effect of changing the values of those variables on the selected accounts. When you change the value of a variable, fast calculation shows you the effect on the selected measures for the selected accounts.
- Multiple User-Defined Modules
Rather than restricting users to the traditional ABC modules (Resource, Activity, Cost Object, and External Unit), SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1 allows you to create a model with anywhere from 2 to 10 modules with whatever name you choose. And, of course, you can still define stages within and across all those modules.
What’s New in SAS Activity-Based Management 7.2
Enhancements to SAS Activity-Based Management 7.2 include, but are not limited to, the following:
One of the most difficult tasks in maintaining a model is keeping its data accurate and up-to-date. Now you can create Web surveys to solicit data from the people who are directly responsible for the activities and accounts in your model. Data from the surveys is written directly to staging tables that have been exported from the model.
- Set Attributes on Dimension Members
Setting an attribute on a dimension member provides a method of automatically setting the attribute on multiple accounts. Setting an attribute on a dimension member is an indirect method of setting the attribute on all the accounts that share in that dimension member. Because having attributes on accounts is particularly important for generating rule-based drivers, setting attributes on dimension members provides a method of quickly setting those attributes on many accounts.
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SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1
- Release Notes for SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1
- System Requirements -- SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1
- SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1: Installation, Migration, and Configuration Guide
- Getting Started with SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1
- SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1: User's Guide
- SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1: Data Administration Guide
- SAS Cost and Profitability Management 8.1: What-If Analysis
Previous releases of SAS Cost and Profitability Management were named SAS Activity-Based Management.
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- Functional issues that are addressed in Hot Fix H77001 for SAS Activity-Based Management 7.2
- Corrections included in Hot Fix F18001 for functional errors in SAS Activity-Based Management
- Corrections included in Hot Fix 71ABM02 for functional errors in SAS Activity-Based Management