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New BI Server From SAS Aimed AtThe Mainstream

Data-analysis and reporting tool includes online analytical processing and geographic visualization
SAS Institute Inc. debuted a new release of its SAS Enterprise BI Server at its user conference in Philadelphia last week.

The version, available now for developers and consumers of business-intelligence reports, includes online analytical processing and additional report linking and scheduling features. It also provides geographic-visualization capabilities through integration with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.'s geographical information software.

Last year, SAS reported sales of more than $1.5 billion. But most of those sales are for high-end data-analysis tasks such as scientific research and sophisticated financial-data analysis. Query and reporting tools from competitors such as Cognos Inc. and Business Objects SA are more prevalent in mainstream markets.

Briggs & Stratton Corp. uses BI Server to consolidate its reporting and information assets that previously were scattered throughout the engine manufacturer's global operations, says Grant Felsing, decision-support manager. The system, which Briggs & Stratton began implementing in September, is available to about 1,400 employees. Reports are stored centrally, yet they're available to everyone with access to the system. "It all comes together in one place," Felsing says. "From one platform, we can serve all information consumers."