Business oriented IT Managers must bring modernization to the table now because it will increase the value of IT and the value of using SAS.
Management will probably approve projects that are better (quality, aligned with strategy), faster (time) and cheaper (cost). Reaching all three parameters is difficult because higher quality usually implies increased costs and maybe delays. Faster implementation could imply worse quality or increased costs. Costs savings could imply delays and worse quality. Is it possible to have it all?
Could we have SAS running better, faster and cheaper?
Better means more robust, increased reliability, and solutions allowing for increased insight. Faster means that data can be accessible more quickly and that analysis takes less time. Cheaper relates to total cost of operation with lower hardware-, software- and maintenance costs as three examples.
Hadoop and SAS Grid
SAS customers have used the yearly user conference, SAS Global Forum, to share results after modernizing their SAS® platform, and they have proved that modernization projects can be both better, faster and cheaper.
The main reasons for this is that modernization usually results in the introduction of clusters (Hadoop and SAS® Grid). Clusters allows for more data and increased insight, throughput and faster analysis. Hadoop and Grid runs on commodity hardware, which is more economical than a variety of servers. Fewer servers implies reduced costs.
SAS customers with old software and a variety of servers should put modernization on their agenda. I will argue that the business case is good, and that these kinds of projects will increase the value of deploying SAS within three distinct areas; It will be better, it will be faster and it will be cheaper.
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