02-19-2016 10:04 PM
I am in a position to make a decision if I should go for SAS 9.4 or SAS Analytics Pro. Price is not a problem for me. Can you guys suggest me which one has more functions and features. If they are same, why they list two different product then?
02-19-2016 11:17 PM
SAS Analytics Pro is a bundled package, it seems intended for small businesses or consultants, in my opinion.
In general, with SAS you're going to license components as well, even with SAS 9.4.
For example, you'll highly likely want
SAS/ACCESS to PC Files -> a way to interact with Excel/Access files.
Other commonly used modules, in no particular order:
SAS IML - > Matrix language operations
SAS STAT -> Stat procedures
SAS/OR -> Operational Research type questions, optimization, scheduling falls under here
SAS/ETS -> Economic and Time Series Modeling procs.
SAS/GRAPH -> Graphing procedures
SAS Interface to ODBC -> ability to connect to servers
SAS Analytics Pro consists of Base SAS, SAS/STAT, SAS/Graph. It's a pretty basic package and you'll likely want more than that IMO.
If you're doing things like neural networks, MBA, ensemble models and data mining you may also want SAS Enterprise Miner. If you're dealing with Text Analytics, you'll want to add on that component.
It really comes down to what you need though, and talking to a SAS sales rep is your best bet.
02-20-2016 10:38 AM
Just saying "SAS 9.4" will tell you only what version of SAS you are referring to. SAS is as @Reeza said module based. The only required module is Base SAS. Than you can add modules of choice, depending on your requirements and preferences.
SAS Analytics Pro is a bundle, designed to meet many basic needs by minor SAS shops, with statistical/analytical users.
What are your requirements? What kind of analysis do wish to perform? Are you a single user at your organization?
Speaking with a SAS sales representative is at some stage is a must (or any SAS allocated reseller).