Free SAS® OnDemand for Academics hands powerful analytics to professors, students, researchers

New version offers easier access to latest in coding, data mining and forecasting technologies to foster big data experts

Free, cloud-based SAS® OnDemand for Academics makes it easier than ever for professors, students and researchers to wield powerful, advanced analytics. And any learner, not just those in a university course, can begin coding in SAS by accessing SAS Studio through SAS OnDemand for Academics.

“This is the most significant upgrade to SAS OnDemand for Academics since its debut in 2008,” said Emily Baranello, Director of the SAS Education Practice. “Users can now access the service and upload data much quicker, through SAS Studio. That makes it easier for professors to teach and students to learn using the latest versions of SAS’ flagship programming, data mining and forecasting technologies.”

Available to learners globally, SAS Studio is a programming and development environment that runs within a web browser.

Simplified registration gets professors, students and independent learners access to SAS OnDemand for Academics in minutes, and helps university researchers quickly apply powerful SAS Analytics to projects. Professors can include the latest versions of SAS® Enterprise Guide®, SAS Forecast Server, SAS® Enterprise Miner™, SAS Studio and JMP® in their instruction, helping students hone the skills in high demand by employers.

To meet increasing global demand, SAS contracted with Amazon Web Services to significantly increase hosting capabilities of SAS OnDemand for Academics and create a better user experience. 

Free SAS® offerings cultivate data experts to fill the analytics skills gap

The upgraded SAS OnDemand for Academics is one of many expanded free offerings under the umbrella of SAS Analytics U. The broad, global academic initiative includes free SAS software, university partnerships and engaging user communities that support the next generation of SAS users by helping close the analytics skills gap.

For example, SAS University Edition, launched in May, provides free access to SAS Foundation technologies so that anyone, not just those in higher education, can use and learn SAS. Taking only moments to download and install, SAS University Edition lets users put the most current statistical and quantitative methods to work. And free beginner e-learning courses – Programming 1 and Statistics 1 – help future data experts launch successful careers.

These free offerings are seeing tremendous uptake in just months. At the same time, the number of people taking SAS Certification exams and earning certifications is skyrocketing. And professors are flocking in record numbers to free training that helps them incorporate SAS into instruction.

With more than three decades of experience working in education, SAS’ rich heritage in higher education presages a thriving future. SAS is used at more than 3,000 institutions worldwide for teaching, research and administration.


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