Have you ever wanted to expand utility of your SAS models? Have you wanted to score SAS models within a Power BI report or Microsoft Power Apps low-code app? Great news! This is now a lot easier with the latest SAS and Microsoft integration. Deploying SAS and open-source models to Azure Machine Learning has never been easier.
With SAS Viya 2021.1.3 stable release, SAS Model Manager now supports publishing SAS models directly to Azure Machine Learning. This is the second phase of SAS Model Manager's planned integration point, with more integrations planned. Check out this article for the initial integration effort supporting publishing Python models to Azure Machine Learning.
Users with an Azure Machine Leaning (AML) tenant and SAS Model Manager on SAS Viya (MM) license can use their Azure AD single-sign-on to quickly publish SAS models directly into AML. Users need to register SAS models, already registered into MM, using a configured Azure Machine Learning publishing destination allowing MM to dynamically discover available AML workspaces for model registration. MM takes care of passing all the necessary artifacts to AML. AML then creates an AML container, using a specially configured base container. This might sound complex, but the user experience is incredibly simple. Just choose your AML publishing destination, select your AML workspace and select "publish". SAS Model Manager and Azure Machine Learning developers took care of everything for you!
The following video walks through the simple and integrated SAS and Microsoft connection to publish SAS models into Azure Machine Learning.
Which SAS models you might ask? Any SAS model with executable score.sas or .sasast (astore) registered in SAS Model Manager on SAS Viya is supported. This includes models created in SAS Enterprise Miner, Base SAS, SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Visual Data Mining Machine, SAS Visual Text Analytics, and SAS Studio.
SAS Model Manager offers a simple Publish option that dynamically discovers available AML workspaces for registering your SAS models. Once published, it's easy to validate whether SAS models will run successfully in AML using SAS Model Manager’s Publishing Validation option. This feature dynamically creates a temporary Azure compute resource. Select test data, and SAS Model Manager will pass the data directly into the Azure Machine Learning Inference Computer cluster. Once AML runs the data in the container, the compute cluster shuts down automatically. Results of the Publishing Validation process return to SAS Model Manager for review. SAS Model Manager also offers an option to Deploy published models to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to immediately provide a useable endpoint to score your SAS models in Azure.
Check out how easy it is to deploy SAS and Python models from SAS Model Manager to Azure Kubernetes Service.
For more information about using AML as a SAS Model Manager publishing destination, see the SAS Model Manager: User’s Guide documentation.
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