Why Are SAS Information Maps Important?

Information maps provide a business metadata layer that enables business users to ask questions and get answers for themselves. This frees IT resources from ad hoc reporting requests and reduces the need to provide training in programming and database structures.
Information maps enable business users to easily access enterprise-wide data by providing the following benefits:
  • Information maps shield users from the complexities of the data.
  • Information maps make data storage transparent to users. It does not matter whether the data is relational or multidimensional, or whether the data is in a SAS data set or in a third-party database system.
  • Information maps predefine business formulas and calculations, which makes them usable on a consistent basis.
  • Information maps enable users to query data for answers to business questions without knowing query languages or being aware of the data model.