Universities were the focus of several new announcements at SAS Global Forum on Sunday.
During the opening session, Dr. Jim Goodnight announced the launch of the SAS University Edition software offering. University Edition will be a downloadable version of SAS, for no cost for teaching, learning and academic research. The new University Edition contains SAS 9.4m1 Base, SAS/Stat, SAS/IML and Access to PC File Formats. The new University Edition will run on Windows, MACs and Linux inside a downloaded virtual machine. The interface will be the new SAS Web Editor. Users will be able to download the University Edition directly from the web.
Even though the official announcement was made at opening session, several of the SAS Student Ambassador Winners, SAS Faculty Scholarship Winners and SAS Scholarship Winners took part in a University Edition test drive earlier in the day.
Good things come to those who wait. SAS University Edition will be available for download in May.
As second university related announcement was made during the SAS Global Forum opening session. Dr. Goodnight announced the introduction of the SAS Analytics U Online Community . The new community is a place for students and professors to can find whitepapers, tutorials, data sets, training materials and forums to trade ideas and ask questions. Facebook users and check out the SAS Analytics U Facebook site.