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2017-06-19 – 9:50 AM

Recently I was asked to create a Web Analytics dashboard on spec. I decided to use the latest version SAS Visual Analytics 8.1 so I could review the new features. When we wrote the Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics book, we were using beta versions of the application. Here’s some of the process I used while working on creating the Web Analytics report.
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3 Quick Steps for Using External Links to Enrich Your SAS VA Report

2015-10-04 – 3:17 PM
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If you read my Thanks for the Negative Tweets Josh post on LinkedIn then you know that I’ve been working on some Twitter reports in SAS Visual Analytics. My goal is to have a set of reports that I can use for demos, training, blog posts, web-inars, and even eBooks.  In my current draft the biggest challenge is determining what Twitter data tells an interesting story and provides …

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 …

Visual Analytics: 3 Tips for Brilliant Bubbles in Your Geospatial Data

2015-09-13 – 11:30 AM
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I like bubble charts – even though they get a lot flack for being difficult to understand. These charts can pack a lot of data into a few variables. I agree the charts can be difficult for layperson to understand but it doesn’t seem true for the geo bubble maps. Possibly it’s because the user sees the map and understands its related to location. Here’s …

Building a Dashboard in 5 Easy Steps

2015-09-07 – 11:07 AM
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Dashboards help users understand if a process or project is running smoothly. Typically, metrics are centered on some performance aspect, such as tactical objectives, time lines, or quality result. Keep in mind, the information does not present the next level of detail, which is what or why events are happening.
Dashboard Types
Dashboards be divided into two categories: Management and Operational. These categories are based on the …

SAS VA Administration: Setting up Your Security Model

2015-09-07 – 10:33 AM
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One part of the Zenguard service is helping customer setup their SAS security model, which involves determining which users need to do what in the SAS Visual Analytics system. Most customers have the same basic needs – some users to view reports and some to prepare the reports.  There can be a lot of variation after that point.  Some of the report builders also administer the system …