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Simplified Suites: SAS Packages Analytics For Midsize Firms "Analytics specialist SAS has four BI and analytics options priced and configured for midsize companies. SAS Office Analytics for Midsize Business gives business users self-service access to SAS Analytics from within Microsoft Office clients. SAS Analytics Pro for Midsize Business (pictured here) supports advanced data analysis, graphics and reporting, letting business users access, manipulate, manage, store, analyze, visualize, and report on data without IT support. SAS Desktop Data Mining for Midsize Business is an easy-to-deploy, client-based data mining workbench with template capabilities for repeatable analyses. SAS Data Integration for Midsize Business provides the basics of data management and movement so users can tap into correct and complete data with efficient, automated data-integration routines."
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?