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SAS® VISUAL FORECASTING SOFTWARE

Generate large numbers of trustworthy forecasts – quickly and automatically.

Better plan for the future with fast, reliable forecasting.

Streamline and automate your forecasting process.

Automatically produce large-scale time series analyses and hierarchical forecasts – without human involvement. Reduced manual intervention means there's less chance of personal bias in the forecasting process. Fewer resources are required, and because forecast analysts don't have to build and monitor forecasting models for every time series, they can focus on more strategic, high-value forecasts or problems that aren't suitable for automation.

Plan better for the future.

Manage your organizational planning challenges by generating forecasts on an enterprise scale – quickly, automatically and as accurately as you can reasonably expect, given the nature of the behavior being forecast. The software delivers results for millions of forecasts at breakthrough speeds, enabling you to plan more efficiently and effectively for the future.

Produce forecasts that reflect reality.

Business drivers, holidays or events that affect the forecasting process are selected automatically from variables supplied to the system in the visual modeling process. You also have the flexibility to manually override forecasts based on groups that are defined using attributes, not just hierarchical variables. The resulting forecasts better reflect the intricacies of the situation.

KEY FEATURES

SAS Visual Forecasting provides an open forecasting ecosystem for quickly and automatically producing a large number of reliable forecasts.

Data access, preparation & quality

Access, profile, cleanse and transform data using an intuitive interface that provides self-service data preparation capabilities with embedded AI.

Custom chatbot creation

Create and deploy custom, natural language chatbots via an intuitive, low-code visual interface for chatbot-enabled insights and conversational user experiences​.

Data visualization

Visually explore data and create and share smart visualizations and interactive reports through a single, self-service interface. Augmented analytics and advanced capabilities accelerate insights and help you uncover stories hidden in your data​.

Scripting language for distributed processing

A scripting environment supports fast, in-memory time series analysis. The scripting language is optimized and compiled for the machine it's running on – no need to rewrite code for different machines.

Automatic time series analysis & forecasting

Several function packages perform specific tasks in the time series analysis process. Convert time-stamped transactional data into a time series format, then generate forecast models automatically.

Segmentation of project data

Partition data into segments of similar time series based on the nature of the data (e.g., slow-moving, new or seasonal items). Or use a prebuilt segmentation template based on Demand Classification attributes. Model each segment separately in the project pipelines. You can tune models appropriate to the patterns or characteristics of the time series in each segment.

Add events to models

Model the effect of events (holidays, retail promotions, natural disasters, etc.) on dependent time series to improve model accuracy. The solution includes default prebuilt events (e.g., major holidays), and you can add others from an external event repository.

Neural networks (NNs) & machine learning

Incorporate NNs through a panel series, multistage (NN/regression + time series), or stacked model (NN + time series) framework via modeling strategy nodes. Generate features and train NNs, create a forecasting methodology that combines signals from different model types, and address problems with both time series characteristics and a nonlinear relationship between dependent and independent variables.

Highly flexible forecast override

Make customized adjustments to specific filters or groups of time series defined by attributes, not just by hierarchical variables, using a powerful manual override capability.

Support for APIs & other programming languages

Use the broad range of built-in forecasting models, and/or customize models that work well with your data. Use public REST APIs to add SAS Analytics to other applications. Call analytical actions, procedures and APIs from SAS, Python, R, Java and Lua.

Hierarchical reconciliation

Model and forecast each series in a hierarchy individually, then reconcile top-down at multiple levels. Adjust a forecast at any level, and apportion it to lower levels to keep the hierarchy consistent. Individual forecasts (by products, locations, etc.) roll up to the top number.

Additional forecasting procedures

Address virtually any forecasting and time series analysis challenge with access to SAS/ETS® and SAS Forecast Server procedures.

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