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SAS® Activity-Based Management

Driving profitable growth through activity-based management

SAS® Activity-Based Management is an analytic application that models business processes to determine cost, profitability and drivers. With this solution, organizations can make informed decisions that streamline processes, deliver revenue growth and reduce costs across the organization. By providing process, cost and profitability insights, SAS Activity-Based Management reveals how unprofitable customers may be destroying up to 400 percent of your net profit – and helps you understand how to prevent this.


  • See how cost accumulates.
  • Manage shared service cost allocations.
  • Improve processes by identifying activities that don’t add value.
  • Learn how and why unexpected events impact budgets.
  • Evolve how you do business.

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  • Cost and profitability measurement
  • Modeling
  • Analysis and reporting
  • Data integration

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Model and flow costs visually from source to destination.


How SAS® Is Different

SAS has more than 30 years of experience describing with statistical accuracy how and why behaviors influence outcomes. We believe that creating a robust cost model deserves the same level of commitment. Our experience allows you to see results in weeks, not years. SAS offers the only end-to-end activity-based management solution that combines integrated data management, business modeling, reporting and analysis all on one platform.

  • Build and manage complex cost models without IT assistance in a flexible, multidimensional environment with a graphical user interface.
  • Create your own custom approach with support for all cost allocation methods, including driver, consumption or time based.
  • Use Web-based reporting and analysis to quickly share cost, process and profitability intelligence across the organization.
  • Provide a complete data management solution with data access engines and data transformation capabilities.


  • See how cost accumulates. SAS Activity-Based Management reveals cost accumulation in a way that employees, not just finance experts, can understand and act on.
  • Manage shared service cost allocations. Get a more accurate reflection of true cost and profit by managing how shared service costs get allocated to products, customers, channels and services.  Create more accurate budgets and workforce plans.
  • Improve processes by identifying activities that don’t add value. Identify cost bottlenecks, rework and non-value-added activity.  Model and simulate how changes in "driver" volumes affect costs, profit and value.
  • Learn how and why unexpected events impact budgets. Unanticipated events affect not only your budget, but also your resource plans and response time. Accurately, quantify the impact on cost and profit in detail – ahead of traditional financial reports.
  • Evolve how you do business. By focusing on which products, customers, channels and services can be leveraged for maximum value, you can take your business to the next level.


Cost and profitability measurement
  • Dimensional profitability analysis allows you to calculate and report profitability contributions to business segments such as product, customer and organization.
  • Capacity costing and modeling includes available vs. used or idle capacity, what-if analysis for resource planning, as well as activity-based budgeting.
  • Account search helps you find dimension members within a deep hierarchy, or search accounts with no cost/assignment or attributes.
  • Intramodular assignments assign costs in the same module and allow flexible cost pooling and flowing.
  • Reciprocal cost assignments provide simultaneous two-way cost assignments between accounts and trace detailed cost flows.
  • External and internal bills of cost can be linked directly to an account.
  • Client-server, Web-enabled, multiuser architecture with role-based security and support for multiple, concurrent modeling sessions.
  • Model database independence and method independence, including top-down, quantity-based assignment or bottom-up, consumption rate modeling.
  • User-defined dimensions with various periods and scenario combinations can be used for modeling, and are ready for dimensional views and analysis in OLAP.
  • Intuitive workspace to manage models, reports and OLAP views.
  • Visual print-and-click assignment creation and views.
  • Wizards provide step-by-step guidance for building models.
Analysis and reporting
  • Seamless data sharing with SAS Strategic Performance Management allows you to use scorecard metrics as drivers and measures, and to identify activity-based management measures and publish them as metric tables.
  • Sixteen standard reporting templates available.
  • Multidimensional, dynamic OLAP analysis can integrate with SAS .NET OLAP viewer and create OLAP cubes dynamically.
  • Integration with SAS Business Intelligence allows Web-based and self-service reporting and analysis.
  • Integration with SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office allows you to access the database through Microsoft Excel for reporting and analysis.
Data integration
  • Data warehousing capability.
  • Embedded data quality processes.
  • The SAS services API allows you to import DBMS staging tables, automate model creation and maintenance, and import/export data to and from another DBMS.
  • Ability to read from/write to nearly any data on any technology platform in batch and real time.


Model and flow costs visually from source to destination.

The three-panel view lets you model and flow costs visually from source to destination.

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Visual bi-directional analysis of cost flows.

Drill-down capability lets you track cost flows back through activities to the resources consumed, and vice-versa.

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Perform multidimensional profitability analysis, such as customer profitability by product.

The OLAP views let you perform multidimensional profitability analysis, such as profitability and cost by customer segment.

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Maintain up-to-date model data automatically with the Web Survey Manager.

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System Requirements


The number and size of models (and their associated analysis cubes) affect all factors of hardware-related performance. The applicability of a specific server platform is primarily dependent on data volumes. Minimum hardware requirements are estimations only. The minimum server configuration is required to operate the software.

Operating systems
  • Windows 2008 Server R1 SP2 (64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 Server R2 SP1 (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX 6.1 TL4 (Power PC)
  • IBM AIX 7.1 (Power PC)
  • Solaris 10 (SPARC)
  • Red Hat Linux x86 5.4 (64-bit)
  • Red Hat Linux x86 6 (64-bit)
  • SuSE SLES Linux 10 SP3 (64-bit)
  • SuSE SLES Linux 11 (64-bit)
Minimum processor speed
  • Dual 32-bit 2.0 GHz (Dual 64-bit 3.0 GHz or better recommended)
Memory requirements
  • 8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended) – with JBoss
  • 12 GB RAM (20 GB recommended) – with WebLogic or WebSphere
Disk space required
  • 30 GB for installation and temporary file space (model data storage space depends on usage)
Additional software required
  • Required SAS software
    • SAS Foundation 9.3
    • SAS Metadata Server 9.3
    • SAS Workspace Server 9.3
    • SAS/GRAPH® 9.3
  • Applications (one of the following is required for the midtier)
    • WebLogic
    • WebSphere
    • JBoss Community/EAP
  • Database (one of the following is required)
    • SQL Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise SP1 (32/64-bit)
    • SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced Services SP1 (32/64-bit)
    • Oracle 11g (R1 or R2)
    • MySQL Server 5.1.55 (32-bit)
    • MySQL Server 5.1.55 (64-bit)


Operating systems
  • Windows XP Professional SP3
  • Windows  Vista SP2  (Enterprise, Business or Ultimate, 32/64-bit)
  • Windows 7  (Enterprise, Professional or Ultimate, 32/64-bit)
Minimum processor speed
  • 1.0 GHz processor (3.0 GHz recommended)
Memory requirements
  • 2 GB RAM (3 GB recommended)
Disk space required
  • 2 GB available disk space (3 GB recommended)

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