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SAS a leader in self-service business intelligence report

Independent research: SAS a leader in BI, cited for its advanced analytics

CARY, NC  (18 Jun. 2012)  – SAS has reported that "The Forrester Wave™: Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms, Q2 2012"1  has named it a leader. Forrester Research Inc. reports that SAS® Enterprise BI is one of the evaluated products that demonstrate significant capabilities and a good balance of self-service BI features across most requirements. SAS scored among the highest in nine areas including product direction and commitment as well as in key functional areas such as automodeling, calculated measures, prompt for columns, data virtualization, semantic layer, and clicks/time to answer.

The report states that SAS is one of the vendors that "Forrester clients frequently mention or ask about in the context of business intelligence … SAS offers one of the top self-service BI choices for power users. Even though SAS has a broad BI platform that supports most BI use cases, it is mostly known for its advanced analytics. If you are already a user of SAS BI, look no further than the self-service advanced analytics features of SAS® Enterprise Guide®. SAS' new Visual Analytics product also empowers users with visual self-service for big data exploration techniques and approachable analytics."

Comprehensive, easy-to-use SAS Enterprise BI Server integrates powerful SAS Analytics and SAS Data Management to provide insights that inform better decisions. The software includes role-based, self-service interfaces for all types of users within a well-defined IT governance framework from a centralized point of administration. This helps organizations simplify and speed business intelligence deployment.

Business-owned, self-service BI applications are crucial to BI success. IT no longer has exclusive control of BI platforms, tools and applications; business users demand more empowerment and previously unshakable pillars of the BI foundation such as relational databases are quickly being supplemented with alternative BI platforms. It's no longer business as usual.

Empowering today's agile enterprises

Self-service BI empowers business users to do more while allowing IT to maintain management and governance. Only SAS' comprehensive, fully integrated business analytics framework addresses evolving needs across the organization. SAS makes it easier to share consistent, complete views of the business and improves decision making.

"With SAS Enterprise BI Server, Foxwoods no longer needs to purchase reports from source system vendors," said Michael Kutia, Director of Hospitality Systems at Foxwoods Resort Casino. "We were struggling with a costly and time-consuming process of rekeying spreadsheets, PDF and Word document reports each month. Our previous systems made it very difficult to answer questions about our business. We integrated data from gaming, loyalty cards, hotel, food and beverage, event ticketing, spa and salon, retail, and the golf course and SAS Enterprise BI gives us insights on everything from operations to finances. Our senior executives, marketing, gaming, hotel operations, and retail decision makers can make more agile, knowledge-driven decisions without IT support for reporting."

1. The Forrester Wave™: Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms, Q2 2012, Forrester Research Inc., June 12, 2012

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