SAS Decision Manager Product Review and More on Decision Management

Here is a useful set of Decision Management Assets on Modernizing Operational Decisions from SAS Software with Decision Management Solutions’ CEO James Taylor. The set includes two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals: For Business Users the first video is an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and Jame […]

First Look: SAS In-Memory Analytics Update

SAS is upgrading its in-memory analytics products with SAS® Visual Statistics (forthcoming) and SAS® In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop. SAS In-Memory Statistics for Hadoop is available now and SAS Visual Statistics is going to be shipping in July of 2014.

SAS Visual Statistics is based on the SAS® LASR™ Analytic Server for in-memory processing and is aimed at both data exploration/discovery and predictive modeling. It will include SAS® Visual Analytics and likewise offers an interactive, drag and drop 100% web-based interface.  It will run in single machine mode in distributed environments (Teradata, Greenplum and Hadoop, both Cloudera and Hortonworks) for scale.

Besides the SAS Visual Analytics capabilities, key techniques supported in the first release of SAS Visual Statistics include:

  • k-means clustering for segmentation
  • Classification and Predictions using logistic and linear regression, interactive decision trees, and Generalized Linear M

Bay Area SAS User Group: Improve analytic results with Decision Modeling

I am speaking at the Bay Area SAS User Group October 15 at 3pm on Improving Analytic Results with Decision Modeling Established analytic approaches like CRISP-DM stress the importance of understanding the project objectives and requirements from a business perspective, but to date there are few formal approaches to capturing this understanding in a repeatable, understandable […]

First Look: SAS Real-time Decision Manager

As part of our series on Marketing Decision Management Solutions, I got an update on SAS Real-time Decision Manager. SAS Real-time Decision Manager is a complete solution that delivers decision capabilities around customer intelligence for marketing and I was last updated on it back in 2010. The solution provides a unified capability for making customer […]

Marketing and Customer Analytics #sassb

Copyright © 2013 http://jtonedm.com James Taylor Russ Cobb and Randy Guard came up to walk us through a day in the life of a marketing department: Problem identification by the CMO Discovery and segmentation by the marketing analyst Campaign design and execution by the campaign manager Optimization and social listening by the campaign manager and marketing […]

SAS Inside Intelligence 2013 – Kicking off #sassb

Copyright©2013http://jtonedm.comJamesTaylor JimDaviskickedofftheannualSASanalystevent.SASseestheirworkonin-memoryanalyticsinrecentyearsasanothermajorchangeinthewaycompanieshandledataanddevelopanalytics,especiallywhencombinedwiththeirworkontakingadvantageofthiswiththeirnewvisualanalyticsinterfaces.This,hesays,isgoingtobeathemethroughoutthedayandthroughout2013moregenerally. SASnumbersgoodagain–37yearsofprofitablegrowth–andtheyareclosinginon$3Binrevenue.Revenuecomes70%fromexistingsubscriptionrevenueandsplits47%Americas,41%EMEAand12%AsiaPacific.Newsalesgrowth(doubledigit,upto25%)camefromAsiaandsecondarilyfromtheUSwithEurochallengesandrecessionholdingbackEurope.FinancialServicesisstillnearly40%ofrevenuewithgovernmentandservicesfillingoutthetop3.13,500employeesnowworldwideandcontinuedpartnerimpact(abouthalfthetop50dealsand34%ofincrementalrevenue,aboutthesameaslastyear)withAccenturethetoppartner. ProductgrowthcameinanumberofareassuchasAdvancedAnalytics(8.8%growth,30%ofrevenue),MarketingAnalytics(14.7%growth),Risk(14.9%),SupplyChain(19.9%)andFraudwithawhopping22.4%growth. SASiscontinuingtodriveitshostedbusinesswithhostingfacilitiesaroundtheworld(US,Canada,Brazil,Amsterdam, France,Germany,Japan,India,Singapore,Australiaplanned). BusinessisgrowingrapidlyinthisgroupandSASisinvestingheavilyinboththehardwareandpeoplerequiredtosupportthesedealsaswellassoftwarefunctionality. Fromasalesperspectiveanalytics,datamanagementandfraudseemtohavebroadappealwhilefraudandcustomerintelligenceshowedstronggrowthintheUSforinstance.StrongSMBgrowth,lotsofnewinsidesalesteamswithafocusonanalytics,BIanddatamanagementformidsized. KeyGTMinitiativesintheUSincludefocusonvisualanalytics,informationmanagement,customerintelligence,fraud/financialcrimesandriskmanagement.SASseesastrongfunnelfor2013andfeelsstronglythatHighPerformanceAnalyticswilldriveextragrowthandempowerbetterindustrysolutionstoo. Lotsofnewreleasescomingin2013includingmanyreleasesofsolutionstotakeadvantageoftheHighPerformanceAnalyticsplatform,SAS9,4inQ2,criticalnewDecisionManagementandrulescapabilitiesinQ2/Q3.Moreonsomeofthecriticalreleasesastheconferencecontinues. JimtouchedonsomeofthecompetitorslikeSAPHANA(in-memorybutnotseenascompetitiveonadvancedanalytics),Microstrategy(goodmobileandreporting,notsomuchonadvancedanalytics),QlikView/Tableau/Spotfire(nicevisualizationinterfaces,notsomuchcompetitioninotherareas).EachonehefeelshassomeofwhatSAShasbutnonehaveallofit,especiallytheanalyticscomponentthattiesin-memorytovisualization.SASfeelsthatithasdifferentiationbecauseit’sanalytics supportlargeamountsoftraditionaldataaswellasBigDataanddeliverreactive(reporting,OLAP)aswellasproactiveanalytics(optimization,forecasting,predictiveanalytics).InparticularhefeelsthatSAS’focusonin-memoryanalyticsratherthananinmemorydatabasepositionsthemtodrivetheiradvancedanalyticsacrosslargerdatasetsandBigData. Onelastthing.SAShaslaunchedatrybeforeyoubuyforVisualAnalyticsandtheHighPerformanceAnalyticsserver,allrunningonAmazonwebservices. Verygoodresponse,lotsofinterestandthousandsoflegitimateprospects. DrGoodnightwrappeduptheintrosessionwithalivedemooftheVisualAnalyticsproduct, includingsomeoftheintegratedforecastingandpredictiveanalytics.

Big Data Analytics #sassb

Paul Kent, VP of Big Data, came up next and gave a white board talk with no slides. His initial focus was on parallel processing for analytics, something that SAS has been working on for a while and that is key to their HPA and Big Data approaches. He points out that some problems (min […]

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