The Software of Choice for Business at IST
Arlindo Oliveira, a professor at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon), leads the undergraduate program in information systems and computer engineering. He is also president of INESC ID (Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigação e Desenvolvimento – the Institute of Engineering Systems and Computers, Research and Development), and a researcher with the ALGOS Group.
A history of excellence
IST is a member of CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) – the network of leading European academic institutes in the technical and engineering areas – meaning that some of its students, attending IST on exchange programs, are among the brightest and best from countries across the continent. The Institute consists of 10 departments (and one autonomous section) that are responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Oliveira leads the undergraduate program in information systems and computer engineering and informatics at IST's Alameda campus. Each year, approximately 140 computer engineering and informatics students plus another 70 from other programs – in subjects as diverse as mathematics, biotechnology and management science – take a fourth-year course in decision support systems.
"We looked for suitable software for teaching the data mining element on this course and decided that SAS offered the best solution. SAS is now central to the course, in particular SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Enterprise Guide," says Oliveira. Students are assigned data mining projects using real live data and a commercial objective. "The students are free to use whatever tool they like, but in practice SAS has been the solution of choice for most of them over the past five years," says Oliveira.
Reality-based teaching made possible with SAS
"In short, with SAS they get a real sense of the practical applications of data mining and how they will use it in their future careers," he adds.
One step ahead
Those who choose to stay on and do a master's degree or Ph.D. at IST can continue using SAS as part of their studies. The Institute has published scientific papers using SAS in business and biotechnology fields.
SAS Academic Program
He says that the main strength of SAS Enterprise Miner for these projects is that it is a complete product with many strong and well-documented algorithms. "It is also very well integrated with SAS data warehousing and data management and ETL tools, which is very important in the conduct of time-critical projects," says Oliveira. "Also I think with SAS there is a very good relationship between customers in business or academia and the research and development people at SAS. They are very responsive to our needs as users," he concludes.
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Instituto Superior Técnico
Training students in business intelligence methods.
SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Enterprise Guide form the core of the school's data mining program.
Students acquire hands-on and business-relevant skills demanded by employers.
“ We looked for suitable software for teaching the data mining element on this course and decided that SAS offered the best solution. SAS is now central to the course, in particular SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Enterprise Guide. ”
Professor at IST