I have been working on SAS® Visual Analytics (‘VA’) for most of the last two years, helping customers see the value of the product. As I like to think of it, helping them really think outside of the box, embracing data in a completely different way than they (we) have ever done with traditional BI. In conferences, I like to mention the “2 week turnaround time” that IT departments ask of their users when a new hierarchy is needed for a report. And the audience invariably laughs and someone will say “and 2 weeks is if we’re lucky.” With VA, that capability shifts to the users, speeds it up to be almost instantaneous, and frees IT to focus on more strategic tasks. Visual Analytics is truly a departure from how we (SAS and this Community) have done BI before.
To help better explain how much VA changes the landscape, I like to point people to this white paper, which gives a thorough overview of SAS® Visual Analytics:
I feel this is a great paper that covers the entire VA ecosystem, from its capabilities, to its various components and finally to deployment options. I particularly like that it opens up and shares some of the ingredients in the “Secret Sauce” that makes VA so special and different from anything else on the market: the LASR Analytics server (on page 6).
I look forward to sharing some more in the coming weeks and months, and to hearing from the Community how you have been using VA!