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Forecasting is no longer just for large organizations. SAS Forecasting for Desktop delivers the power of SAS forecasting in an easy-to-use package designed for small and midsize businesses. Because it is largely automated, SAS Forecasting for Desktop addresses the needs of novice forecasters, yet still meets the requirements of more experienced analysts by providing layers of sophistication that can be accessed as needed. SAS Forecasting for Desktop enables users to set up forecasting projects, perform automatic forecasting, identify exceptions, override forecasts and construct their own models. Given the scale of many forecasting problems, manually customizing many statistical models may not be feasible. SAS Forecasting for Desktop provides an automated system that selects appropriate models and chooses influential variables that improve model performance. Forecasts that violate business rules can be flagged for further attention. The system supports hierarchical forecasting by providing top-down, middle-out and bottom-up forecast reconciliation.
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