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SAS® Visual Analytics customers get a double shot of updates

Relying increasingly on insight from data to make critical decisions, business leaders are demanding more from supporting technologies. They expect software to handle data, regardless of source and size, analyze all information and provide quick answers to complex questions.

SAS has heard its customers and delivered – in just three months – two significantly more powerful versions of its red-hot data visualization tool, SAS® Visual Analytics. More than 1,500 customers already benefit from SAS Visual Analytics, which combines data visualization and data discovery. They, and those ready to step up to graphical insight, will see faster and easier data loading, new text and unstructured data analytics, more reporting features and improved mobile device capabilities.

“The SAS Visual Analytics team has led SAS’ move to agile development, which helps us optimally meet customer needs,” said Jim Davis, SAS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Our customers must move quickly in fast-changing markets. SAS is committed to delivering the analytics innovation they need.”

Telecommunications is one such volatile industry that will benefit from rapid delivery of new SAS capabilities. Telecom Italia, for example, tapped SAS Visual Analytics to add in-memory analytics and advanced data visualization to its geomarketing system, simplifying the decision-support and operational processes for technical and commercial planning.

"SAS Visual Analytics helps us identify network shortcomings and make fast improvements," says Fabrizio Bellezza, Telecom Italia Vice President of National Wholesale Services and Head of Market Development. "SAS also allows us to calculate the statistical correlations between various KPIs for more effective analysis.”

Based on SAS in-memory processing technology, SAS Visual Analytics is not only ideal for departmental or workgroup applications; it can also take on big data. Business professionals can spot opportunities such as new businesses or areas for improvement in less time than it takes to pour a cup of coffee. SAS in-memory innovation requires no data movement or user programming for its fast analytical processing.

Customers can choose how to deploy SAS Visual Analytics. Available for on-site licensing, SAS Visual Analytics scales from workgroups on a departmental server up to massive environments, including enterprise deployments supporting multiple lines of business and the Hadoop big data architecture. SAS supports Cloudera and Hortonworks Hadoop distributions. Customers can also use SAS Visual Analytics in a cloud environment.

The key strength of SAS Visual Analytics is integrated analytics from the world’s leading advanced analytics supplier. Industry analyst IDC’s Worldwide Business Analytics Software 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares report says SAS represents 36.2 percent of advanced analytics deployed by customers. All of the other named providers combined total just 24.9 percent.

What’s new?

Highlights of enhancements in December 2013 and March 2014 versions:

  • Text analytics lets users explore customer comments or Twitter streams to find opportunities.
  • Word cloud and network diagram visualizations quickly show influences and trends.
  • Enhanced mobile features for Apple iOS7 and Android devices improve usability on the go.
  • Easy, self-service data import and improved data preparation bring in data from 17 sources; parallel loading includes data from Cloudera, Greenplum, Hortonworks, Oracle and Teradata.
  • KPI and metric-based alerts are triggered by user-defined business thresholds.
  • Integration with Microsoft Office provides easy access through familiar interfaces.
  • Additional graphic, animation and display options paint even better visual outputs.

Please read this whitepaper to learn how SAS Visual Analytics turns big data into valuable insight.

Today's announcement was made at SAS Global Forum, the world's largest gathering of SAS users, attended by more than 4,500 business and IT users of SAS software and solutions. Select sessions and keynotes from the user conference will be live streamed.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 70,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2014 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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