10-17-2014 05:24 AM
Not possible, It is rebuilding everything from scratch.
The forgotten step to mention is APPDEV studio. The failed promise of everything building into java and connecting that to SAS. Yep Eclipse involved. This is too difficult.
AF is both: a/ an objected oriented approach for interacting with screens and b/ a dedicated language the SCL also is capable of code running in batch.
SCL is more an advanced way like sas-macro programming and possible generating normal sas-code.
With SAS BI/DI (you may need DI also) and a web-interface you are getting a complete different world of developing.
You are needing to define release management and version management of objects/artifacts that reside in a metadatabase.
The screens interacting is a completely different approach more pseudo interactive based.
Perhaps you could used parts of scl as code elements in code catalog parts, again this does not fit by default in vanilla sas installation. The vanilla sas installation only show it is technical working not the way is adapted to business needs. If you have some generated code and documentation on what the program is intended to do you could start there.
10-17-2014 07:03 AM
To advise alternatives it would be good to get a understanding of what your current SAS/AF application does, what your mandatory requirements are moving forward and what nice-to-have new features you are looking for. This way the community is more informed and can advise specifically to your needs.
10-17-2014 07:28 AM
Hi, Let us start with some requirement ideas.
Your data is on the mainframe, can it moved to other machines, is that possible and a wanted direction?
The ratio is all new evolvments are more on a Unix and Windows environment based. The old mainframe environment itself is also moving to Unix. You can use Suse-Linux on that and the basic installation on z/OS is going often into the Posix part that is also Unix. The SAS/connect spawner is based on Unix.
The question is more on what is going to happen with the data (back-end).
A very new environment that Michelle surely likes is SAS-VA. The goal is self-service BI. The preparing of data and the data-flow before is less strong.
The SAS-portal is a web-based approach with a possible fixed way of SAS-code (Stored processes essential classic sas-code).
Eguide is for analytics and programmers where AMO is more focussed business users using Microsoft Office.
The question is more on what you are wanting to see as the way of presentation (front-end).