SAS/ASSIST software provides a task-oriented visual interface to the SAS System. Anyone who wants to use the SAS System--regardless of their experience level--has a personal gateway to productivity and task completion. No matter how you approach the SAS System, or what tasks you need to perform, SAS/ASSIST software will put you at the forefront of the SAS System's powerful components in just seconds.
Completion of Tasks - Using An Iterative Approach
In all types of industry and business, people have tasks to complete every day, and typically use an iterative approach to complete these tasks. This process involves understanding the data, turning it into meaningful information, visualizing the desired outcome, and obtaining the final results through trial and error. SAS/ASSIST software enables you to complete tasks more efficiently by providing templates to help you get started, and also offers a cross-functional approach to task completion--all within a client/server enabled environment.
Shared Benefits for All Users
The software enables all levels of professionals--from novice computer users to seasoned programmers--to utilize a common interface for task completion, while providing the same benefits to all those different people. These benefits include different interfaces for different types of users. SAS/ASSIST software also gives you screen recall, with screen information saved from session to session.
Other benefits include capabilities for customizing the look of menus to individual preferences. Out of the box, SAS/ASSIST software can be used by anyone. For more effective deployment, you may wish to use customized profiles for your department. Customized profiles make many tasks transparent to the user and allow different people to use the same applications in ways most comfortable for them. SAS/ASSIST software gives you a point-and-click interface to invoke any SAS System task without requiring you to know SAS programming syntax.
Your Personal Productivity Tool
The menu screens within SAS/ASSIST software are powered by common sense keywords. You can simply tab to the appropriate icon and press ENTER, or use a mouse to point and click. The software aids in the completion of tasks with features such as identification of required fields and selection lists to prevent user error. In the background, documented SAS code is being generated automatically and can be saved. SAS/ASSIST software provides tools for code management tasks such as editing and executing code interactively or in batch. For added productivity, a facility is provided for bundling independent tasks which can then be executed with a single command. And, if you have questions at any time, there is an on line help system included for your convenience.
Your Personal Selection of Interfaces
SAS/ASSIST software acknowledges that there are varied user skill levels across the organization. For example, an executive's comfort level with technology is probably different than that of the business analyst, programmer, statistician, or customer service representative. However, the proliferation of software packages throughout an organization can cause major problems--lack of integration of software, hindered information sharing, increased cost, and decreased productivity. SAS/ASSIST software breaks these barriers by providing a variety of user interfaces--all in one package--that meet the diverse needs of the many different users in your organization. Depending on your comfort level, you may choose one of three different types of interfaces--generalized, specialized, or customized.
One Tool for Many Tasks
The power and flexibility of SAS/ASSIST software make it easy for you to complete many different types of common, everyday business tasks efficiently and effectively.
End User Reporting
Query and Reporting
Universal Data Access and Management
You don't have to worry about access methods, database terminology, data format, the internal structure of specific file types, or other obstacles that can stand between you and your data. With these unique capabilities, you can save time and concentrate on managing and analyzing data without worrying where the data resides. Once you've accessed your data, SAS/ASSIST software gives you a variety of ways to store, manipulate, and transfer that data. You can create data entry panels, import data, create subsets, save and sort data, and more.
Rapid Applications Development
Local Language versions of SAS/ASSIST Software available
Increasing numbers of organizations make SAS/ASSIST software their strategic choice for end-user computing. The software provides users with an intuitive, menu-driven interface to the full range of the SAS System's powerful and flexible computing facilities. In addition, the SAS/ASSIST interface meets the most essential aspect of user friendliness - it is available in the user's local language.
The fact that various pull-down menus, Help functions, and system messages from Base SAS Software have been translated into local languages, also makes it easy for a beginner to quickly become productive with the SAS System. In addition, selected Computer-Based Training (CBT) courses are also available in local language versions, so that users can learn at their own pace and according to their needs.
The SAS/ASSIST software itself has now been translated into no less than eight European languages: Finnish, French, German, Italian, Danish, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian. SAS/ASSIST software is available on the Windows and OS/2 platforms and under MVS, CMS, VMS and Unix.
For end-users who are learning to work with computers for the first time, SAS/ASSIST documentation in the appropriate local language provide valuable support. Examples are: "An introduction to SAS/ASSIST software," and "Getting started with SAS/ASSIST software." Translation of the companion volume, "Doing more with SAS/ASSIST software" is now available in Italian and Spanish.
Put SAS/ASSIST Software to Work in Your Organization
SAS/ASSIST software's integrated tools, task-oriented visual interface, and ease of use bring the world's leading information delivery system to your desk. A myriad of ready-to-use tools enable you to access, manage, analyze, and present your business-critical information in a timely manner.