Couldn’t make SAS Global Forum in person this week? You don’t have to miss out on any of the great news announcements being made in San Francisco. Here’s a quick rundown.
At SAS we have big data on the brain, and SAS Global Forum is our opportunity to showcase SAS products that help companies make sense of it all (check out my current favorite video on big data).
Two of our top news stories this week center around refreshes to some of our most important products:
SAS Customer Intelligence has undergone a major new redesign to meet the evolving needs of CMOs and marketers. Four of SAS’ top selling marketing analytics products - SAS Marketing Automation, SAS Marketing Optimization, SAS Real-Time Decision Manager and SAS Digital Marketing – have been integrated into a single Web-based application for greater efficiency, collaboration and accountability. For more info tune into the live Webcast on Tuesday April 30th at 7:30am PST at www.livestream.com/sasci and participate via Twitter using hashtag #sasci
A new version of the platform for SAS Business Analytics, the foundation for all SAS products, will enable companies to choose between deploying SAS products and solutions via SAS hosting, a public cloud deployment or on-site depending on individual needs. The new cloud enablement will spread to all SAS products over time, with the popular SAS big data visualization software, SAS Visual Analytics among the first to become cloud-friendly. The new platform has numerous other enhancements that make it easier to deploy, manage and maintain.
SAS also announced six new high-performance analytics products that will provide the speed and flexibility of in-memory big data analytics with targeted functions to fit business needs. SAS® High-Performance Statistics, SAS® High-Performance Data Mining, SAS® High-Performance Text Mining, SAS® High-Performance Optimization, SAS® High-Performance Econometrics and SAS® High-Performance Forecasting will all be available in June.
Speed is also the goal of the new Teradata Appliance for SAS® High-Performance Analytics, Model 72, that provides an integrated platform to support SAS High-Performance Analytics offerings and SAS Visual Analytics to accelerate performance and minimize data movement and duplication.
And last but most definitely not least SAS likes to recognize its customers at global forum for especially innovative use of analytics. This year the honorees are from the field of higher education. The SAS Excellence in Education award went to the University of Texas System Productivity Dashboard that provides the public, staff and administrators with progress reports in productivity and excellence initiatives across all 15 campuses and system administration. Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, founder of Oklahoma State's SAS Data Mining Certificate Program, earned the 2013 SAS Distinguished Professor Award. Last year all 75 program graduates received job offers within three months of graduation, many at salaries above fellow business and engineering classmates, from companies such as Capital One, Apple, Google, Verizon and FedEx.
So, don’t despair if you’re not at the Moscone Center in person, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy global forum and connect with attendees to discuss news and all things analytics. Just follow the live stream feed of presentations and engage via Twitter using the hashtag #sasgf13. See you in the Twitterverse!