In my 26 plus years of experience, I would contend that the best SAS administrator would be an individual with a deeply skilled understanding of server and/or desktop administration, as well as SAS software usage.
For SAS solutions to be implemented and work optimally, three key components need to be configured and managed effectively:
- Software to hardware installation.
- Metadata management.
- User configuration and access.
Administering all three components generally requires skills and training with server and desktop administration, in addition to SAS software configuration, including Metadata. The arrangement and administration of the organization's IT infrastructure will have a direct impact on the human resources that are used to handle each of the components.
This person must understand the hardware and software interactions in order to optimize the system settings that will drive out the best solution performance and ensure proper integration of SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence tools.
I would recommend that the SAS administrator role be occupied by a seasoned veteran with no less than 10 years of SAS programming experience coupled with proven skills in server and PC hardware configuration. Organizationally, I would recommend that the SAS administrator role report into a business operational area - serving as a liaison (point person) between the IT support group and business sector.
Take a look at these suport.sas.com pages that are specific to administrators:
- SAS 9.3 installation documentation
- List of supported operating systems
- Intelligence Platform deployment & administration
- SAS Deployment Community
- Available Hot Fixes
- Training for the SAS administrator