SAS/EIS software, an integrated component of the SAS System, provides a syntax-free environment for building user-friendly enterprise information systems. For the first time, you can have EIS applications that are as easy to develop as they are to use.
The software gives you such EIS "basics" as point-and-click menus with pull-down windows...access to native host applications such as EMAIL...data-sensitive drill down, what-if analyses, exception reporting, and multidimensional data viewing and analysis, and
graphical display of critical success factors and grouped bar charts.
Object-Oriented Reporting Tools
SAS/EIS software takes advantage of object-oriented applications development (OOAD) technology by allowing you to use blocks of already existing code to build new, customized applications. The ability to reuse code means that applications are implemented in a consistent, efficient manner--which, in turn, simplifies applications maintenance and updating. Ready-made objects that represent complete parts of applications can easily be assembled into complete systems
without the need for programming.
The software offers a wide range of business reporting objects, providing a choice of styles for dynamic display and interactive analysis. The business reporting objects include:
- Multidimensional Data Viewer--allows data to be viewed
immediately in any way you choose from any possible dimension.
- Organizational Chart--provides graphical display of your
- Comparison Report with horizontal bars--combines text and
graphics to instantly display tabular data on graphical displays.
- Expanding Report--delivers a complete overview of data
with graphics, and allows drill-down to any level of data.
- Overlapping Bar Report--enables different data sets to be
presented together--allowing trends and comparisons to be clearly established.
- Multicolumn Report--summarizes data at all summary levels as
tables or tables with graphics.
These reporting objects have multiple levels with built-in drill-down capabilities for fast navigation through your data. The flexibility and power of OOAD--and the fully customized applications themselves--allow you to improve productivity, reduce costs, and maximize resources across your organization.
In addition to the business reporting objects, SAS/EIS has an additional 30+ pre written objects that will allow you to do the most common data processing tasks. You can completely
front-end the rest of the SAS System with SAS/EIS software.
The Difference Between Face Value and Real Value
For applications developers, SAS/EIS software provides remarkably intuitive tools for generating customized EIS applications. The user-friendly menu panels you first encounter aren't for end users...they're for you as part of your developer's toolkit. And so are the fill-in-the-blank screens, the extensive help facility, and the on-line demonstrations. The SAS/EIS software main menu welcomes you into an interactive environment for building all kinds of information delivery systems--from simple to sophisticated.
The various processes that perform data access, management, analysis, and presentation have already been defined for you...and are listed as objects in the SAS/EIS menu system. These objects include many of the SAS System's most popular applications development and presentation formats (block menus, list menus, business graphics, variance reports, etc.) as well as commands that drive your applications. You can make any object a part of any application. Convenient fill-in-the-blank screens make it easy to tell the SAS System where to find the data to be processed--from SAS data sets, flat files, or leading database management systems--and the multidimensional data viewer enables you to see your data immediately.
Also included in SAS/EIS software is the metabase--a master SAS data set that stores information about the data. Use the metabase to define a complete drill-down hierarchy of your entire organization, then use this hierarchy as the framework for your data-driven EIS applications.
Unlimited Productivity for You, Unprecedented Power for Business Analysts
SAS/EIS software lets you build customized EIS applications with the following productivity features:
- Variance Analysis and Exception Reporting--A facility for
defining and executing standard row-and-column variance reports is part of
SAS/EIS software. These reports can help pinpoint the differences between budgeted and
actual values. Automatic, data-driven drill-down allows business analysts to delve
deeper into their data--level by level--based on the hierarchy you've
specified in the metabase. For in-depth financial analyses, SAS/EIS software delivers
capabilities for exception reporting and traffic lighting. You can specify colors
to highlight exceptional data or to segment data into appropriate ranges.
- Graphics Drill Down--SAS/EIS software also offers graphical
drill-down capabilities for use on any graphic, text, or report output. Use
hotspots to define areas for drilling down to other reports, graphs, or
data...or select keywords from the text or graph.
- Critical Success Factors--An object-oriented front end is provided
for developing and displaying critical success factor applications.
- Direct Access to Business Graphics--In addition to serving as
an applications development interface, you can use SAS/EIS software as a direct
link to the SAS System's information and presentation graphics tools. Instead of
just replaying selected graphs as you do in other EIS packages, you can create
applications that actually generate new graphs whenever data values change--and
modify the graphs just as easily.
- Business Forecasting--SAS/EIS software provides true automated
forecasting of any factors in your organization. Use this advantage to spot
trends and make informed projections about any aspect of your business.
Customized EIS for Every User, For Every Environment
Because SAS/EIS software is a part of the SAS System, you can integrate EIS applications easily into your existing processing environment. And since the SAS System is virtually hardware independent, you can implement client/server processing by sharing your EIS applications across platforms--from host machines to high-end workstations.