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What is the difference in SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Enterprise Guide?

2015-09-20 – 12:30 PM
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Those considering moving to SAS Visual Analytics often quiz me about how it is different from SAS Enterprise Guide. While SAS Enterprise Guide can duplicate some SAS Visual Analytics functionality – it’s not the same. This post I’m going to explore the principal purpose of each tool to help explain how they are alike and different.
What is SAS Enterprise Guide?
SAS Enterprise Guide (EG) is a development …

SAS VA: Does Your Data Visualization have a Takeaway?

2015-09-07 – 10:26 AM
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All the nice data visualizations in the world are worthless without a takeaway. The takeaway may be an insight about a process, a confirmation of what you thought, or lead the viewer to a way to improve a situation.  In our paper, Tactical Marketing with SAS® Visual Analytics, Hans Pasion, 89 Degrees, and I discuss how SAS Visual Analytics was used to provide all three about loyalty customers. In …

Common Questions about SAS Visual Analytics

2015-09-07 – 10:16 AM
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For the past two weeks I’ve been updating the SAS Visual Analytics Quick Start program. When I talk to customers about this program I highlight how Zencos does the heavy lifting (installation, configuration, and light administration), while the customer gets to have the fun of playing with the tool and learning how to create some kick-ass data visualizations. Within a few weeks, we can have your …

Hit Your IT Knowledge Targets!

2015-06-30 – 8:20 AM
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What I love most about the SAS community is the willingness to share information. I asked Tom Karl – how do you stay current with the complete deluge of new tools (Hadoop, Spark) and methods that are streaming toward you all the time.  He offered some advice and then I strong-armed (playground technique!) him into writing a blog post!  And yes Tom – you are invited …

Creating Better Data for Visual Analytics Users

2014-05-27 – 9:26 AM
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One factor for self-service BI is ensuring that the data is easily understood by the end user. The idea of self service BI is that users with less training can build charts and reports to help them answer their questions. This does put some onus on the data creator to make sure that the data is easy to consume. In SAS Visual Analytics users are …