SAS® resources to be available to higher education students worldwide at no cost
SAS® OnDemand for Academics develops valuable skills in high demand by employers
SAS GLOBAL FORUM, SEATTLE (Apr. 12, 2010) – SAS is removing a potential barrier to students seeking experience using advanced data analysis to solve classroom and real-world problems. SAS OnDemand for Academics, already used at no cost by professors at some 200 colleges and universities, will be available at no cost to all students worldwide in fall 2010. SAS OnDemand for Academics quickly and easily delivers the power of SAS software to higher education.
Modern society is awash in data. SAS coursework provides students the skills to analyze massive amounts of data and then use this knowledge to make sound decisions. Whether it is uncovering fraud in banking and government, improving health care or predicting which customers will respond to a marketing campaign, the applications of data analytics cross all industries, placing analytic skills in high demand.
"When interviewers see SAS and data mining, it's a very big plus on the résumé," said Alan Olinsky, Professor of Applied Math at Bryant University. "There is so much data out there; we just don't have enough people to analyze it. Statistics is becoming very popular, and SAS is an integral part of that."
SAS OnDemand for Academics is an online service for teaching and learning data management and analytics. Users register and access SAS software via the Web and perform processing by connecting to a hosted server at SAS. Through SAS OnDemand for Academics, users have access to multiple SAS applications such as SAS® Enterprise Guide® (which includes access to Base SAS) and SAS® Enterprise Miner™ (which includes SAS Text Miner). Additional SAS software applications will be added over time.
"While students can access SAS at no cost, professors remain the gatekeepers. We want to ensure that SAS is integrated into coursework in a thoughtful and effective manner, providing students the most engaging experience," said Ron Statt, Product Development Manager for the SAS Education Practice. "Students should ask their professors to consider using SAS OnDemand for Academics. We're happy to consult on the best ways to make that happen."
To make adoption easier and more effective, SAS will continue developing supporting materials to use with SAS OnDemand for Academics, and encourages professors and students to submit ideas.
With more than 2,000 college, university and business-school customers in 109 countries and education specialists on every continent, SAS serves the education industry by delivering software solutions, strategic services and academic programs that spark innovation and expand educational opportunities.
Today's announcement was made at SAS Global Forum, the world's largest gathering of SAS users, attended by more than 3,000 business and IT users of SAS software and solutions.
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world
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