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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:34

SAS Viya adds more analytics capability


The cloud-based suite SAS Viya, launched last year and used to build predictive models and agile machine learning applications, has had much more capability added to it.

SAS Viya  is claimed to be next-generation high-performance and visualisation architecture. It is said to extend and complement SAS 9 and was unveiled at the SAS Global Forum which is taking place in Orlando, Florida.

It is claimed to extend capabilities in interactive discovery and reporting, statistics, data mining, machine learning, streaming data analytics, forecasting, optimisation and econometrics. 

“SAS Viya is more than SAS with a pretty, cloud-deployed, HTML5 Web analytics face for broader audiences,” said Tony Baer, principal analyst at Ovum. “It is a rethink of the classic SAS platform, and with its emphasis on machine learning, positions SAS to deliver what Ovum terms ‘smart analytics”.”

SAS Viya products cater to business users, business analysts, data scientists, intelligence analysts and coders.

Three additional SAS Viya offerings for discipline-specific analytics were also unveiled: SAS Visual Forecasting, SAS Econometrics and SAS Optimisation.

In addition to the SAS Wrapper for Analytics Transfer (SWAT) Python client for SAS Viya, SAS has released the SASPy library that extends Python programming to SAS 9.4, including SAS Grid Manager. SAS is also introducing Pipefitter, a Python library that simplifies implementation of machine learning pipelines. The Python libraries are available from GitHub.

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The writer is attending the SAS Global Forum 2017in Orlando, Florida, as a guest of the company. 

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