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Getting Started with the SAS System Using SAS/ASSIST Software

The SAS System

The SAS System is a modular, integrated, hardware-independent system of software for enterprise-wide information delivery. What distinguishes the software is its ability to

The SAS System integrates all of these elements into a powerful software system. The SAS System views virtually any application as a collection of data-driven tasks or processes that can be generally classified as described in the following sections.

Data Access

Data access is the process of accessing the data required by the application. The SAS System treats enterprise data as an available resource by providing transparent access to

Through the SAS System's Multiple Engine Architecture (MEA), these data sources can be combined to provide an enterprise Data Warehouse that gives end users the information they need to do their jobs without jeopardizing the security and integrity of data assets or negatively affecting the performance of production databases.

Data Management

Data management is the process of shaping data into a form required by the application. You can manage your data by entering, editing, retrieving, formatting, and converting your data.

Data Analysis

Data analysis is the process of transforming raw data into meaningful and useful information. You can analyze your data using descriptive statistics, multivariate techniques, forecasting and modeling, and linear programming.

Data Presentation

Data presentation is the process of communicating information in ways that clearly demonstrate its significance. You can present your data by using reports, business and analytical graphics, and business correspondence.

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