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Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

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Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

Hello,

We are very new to SAS and currently in process of configuration of our both Dev and Prod environment with help of SAS.  My new role is to work as a SAS Admin and manage our environments.  We have an option to give our users (Power Users) access to Enterprise Guide or SAS Studio.  I personally in favor of having our power users to start using SAS Studio first and in future if there is a need we can install EG on their PC.  Again, this is just my personal feeling and I might be totally wrong.  I want to get some feedback from this community if I should have our users (mostly our new power users) to have access to SAS Studio, EG or both and why?

 

Any comment is much appreciated

 

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‎09-05-2017 11:29 PM
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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

The link @SASKiwi posted gives a good overview of the three interfaces....

 

Some additional points to consider...

 

- Do you have PC SAS licensed in your company ? If no, then the Display Manager option is off the table.

- If you are talking about 100's of users, has the mid-tier been spec'ed to handle this volume if all the users go the Studio route ?

- EG has been around for many years, so the product is very mature with tons of features. Make 100% sure that all the features you need are present in Studio if you go the Studio-only route.

- From personal experience, I would suggest that you provision your users on Guide and the gradually transition to Studio for those use cases where it makes sense. If you then end up with a 50/50 split one day and it works for your company, that's fine. It's not about what to use, it's about what works and what doesn't. 

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

This link should be helpful for understanding the differences:

 

http://blogs.sas.com/content/sastraining/2017/04/12/whats-your-sas-interface/

 

 

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

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Thank you SASKiwi, very good article.  In general I am trying to find out how other admins & other companies use these tools.  For example for a 500 users, I though SAS Studio is much easier to deploy than go around and try to push and install 500 computers with EG!

 

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‎09-05-2017 11:29 PM
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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

The link @SASKiwi posted gives a good overview of the three interfaces....

 

Some additional points to consider...

 

- Do you have PC SAS licensed in your company ? If no, then the Display Manager option is off the table.

- If you are talking about 100's of users, has the mid-tier been spec'ed to handle this volume if all the users go the Studio route ?

- EG has been around for many years, so the product is very mature with tons of features. Make 100% sure that all the features you need are present in Studio if you go the Studio-only route.

- From personal experience, I would suggest that you provision your users on Guide and the gradually transition to Studio for those use cases where it makes sense. If you then end up with a 50/50 split one day and it works for your company, that's fine. It's not about what to use, it's about what works and what doesn't. 

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

A very good point nhvdwalt, yes our mid-tire has been and entier servers are setup for a heavy use.   Thanks to all of replies.  

 

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

I think it is worth pointing out that the SAS Windowing Environment is the legacy interface that is maintained but has not seen any significant upgrades for a long time.

 

EG and SAS Studio are the interfaces receiving most of the development effort recently including improvements for them to cooperate more with each other. For example SAS is aiming to enable EG projects to be run in SAS Studio and Studio tasks to be run in EG.

 

I'd suggest there is room for both interfaces in most organisations. Power users might prefer using EG projects or the code version control capabilities of EG, while occasional users might prefer the simplicity of the SAS Studio interface that can be run on any PC / laptop not just Windows ones. 

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

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Thank you for the info.

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Re: Using SAS Studio or Enterprise Guide for new users in SAS!

Please note there is a SAS Studio community where there question comes up often.

https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Studio/bd-p/sas_studio   

 

And there is also a SAS Studio FAQ that answers many of the questions as well  http://support.sas.com/software/products/sas-studio/faq/SASStudio_vsEG.htm

 

Thanks to Amy Peters from SAS for the above information

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