Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:24:19 -0400
Reply-To: Michael Raithel <michaelraithel@WESTAT.COM>
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From: Michael Raithel <michaelraithel@WESTAT.COM>
Subject: Re: SAS Product Selection
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Brian posted the following:
> We are in the process of selecting a SAS product for a new
> data environment. Currently, we have a small group of base
> SAS users (4-5
> people) who can program in SAS (on a mainframe). We would
> like to continue to give the base users that same ability to
> write code, while giving an equal number of non-coders the
> ability to generate adhoc queries through a point-and-click
> interface. Most of our point-and- click users are familiar
> with MS Access. Collectively we have seen very little in the
> way of other products beyond base SAS. Based on experiences
> does anyone have a suggestion of which types of SAS products
> offer a balance for these two types of users?
Brian, I would agree with Alan's recommendation of SAS Enterprise Guide
(EG). The ramification of this solution is that you would have to
purchase 4-5 Windows Base SAS licenses for your SAS EG users. You will
probably also have to purchase SAS Integrated Technologies for both
Windows and for the mainframe so that SAS EG can talk between platforms.
I am sure that your friendly SAS Representative will be able to steer
you in the right direction concerning the products that you need.
Here is a link to SAS EG that may help you suss out this issue a bit
Brian, best of luck in getting your non-SAS users using SAS via a GUI!
I hope that this suggestion proves helpful now, and in the future!
Of course, all of these opinions and insights are my own, and do not
reflect those of my organization or my associates. All SAS code and/or
methodologies specified in this posting are for illustrative purposes
only and no warranty is stated or implied as to their accuracy or
applicability. People deciding to use information in this posting do so
at their own risk.
Michael A. Raithel
"The man who wrote the book on performance"
Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the MVS Environment
Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the OS/390 and z/OS Environments,
Author: The Complete Guide to SAS Indexes
Getting fired is natures way of telling you that you had the wrong job
in the first place. - Hal Lancaster