09-17-2013 10:40 AM
Last week SAS announced the availability of a series of new releases of its Data Management products. Like any good product announcement, the description was very high-level and details were few. I’m willing to bet that a lot of you saw the announcement and were left wanting more.
Over a series of posts, I will be highlighting some of the key new features of this release for the benefit of the SAS Data Management community with the intent of answering the question, “Why should I care that there is a new release of SAS Data Management?” Today I’m going to cover our brand new, web-based architecture for SAS Data Management that uses a new environment called the Data Management Console.
DM Console, as it is referred to, functions as a kind of “home page” that allows all users – from technical, IT administrators to non-technical business – to log into and access SAS Data Management capabilities using the same web address. It runs on the SAS mid-tier and uses the SAS metadata repository for user management. With this design, organizations can now implement role-based customization of which data management capabilities are available for a given user based on his or her role and extend this to data integration, data quality, data governance, and master data management functions.
Within this new architecture, several new web-based components are now available. All of them are capable of being accessed from within the DM Console and can even be customized to display as a panel on the main Console startup page to give an “at-a-glance” summary of issues or status. The new components include:
These components are designed as RESTful-based web services which makes them extensible beyond simple access within DM Console. This allows more enterprising users to build their own web-based interface into a component like SAS Data Remediation and expose its capabilities to users of a third-party, proprietary application in an application-specific way. It also allowsother SAS products and solutions to leverage these components for common behavior and functionality across the SAS environment.
Those of you familiar with SAS DI Studio and DataFlux Data Management Platform may be asking yourselves, “Does these mean DI Studio and DMP are going away?” The answer is no. Rather than being a replacement for DI Studio and DMP, the DM Console-based environment represents an evolution of their capabilities. Just like in biological examples of evolution, the DI Studio and DMP product lines will continue to coexist and thrive alongside the newer, more modern environment. So what does that mean? You can expect newer, more advanced capabilities and features to be made available in future releases of the DM Console-based environment. In the meantime, DI Studio and DMP will continue to be fully supported and upgradable. They will also be regularly updated and released in conjunction with the SAS release schedule.
I’m sure there will be some discussion or questions about these new features, so post them here and share your thoughts. Meanwhile, I will follow-up with future post that covers additional new features relevant to this audience.
10-02-2013 01:03 PM
Is the SAS® Job Monitor component able to read DataFlux DMP job & process logs? The component looks very interesting but when I started reading its associated user manual, it seemed focused on SAS 9.4 log monitoring.
10-02-2013 01:27 PM
Brett, the What's New topic for SAS Job Monitor . . .
. . . says this:
"SAS Job Monitor is a plug-in for SAS Environment Manager that integrates information from SAS Data Integration Studio, DataFlux Data Management Server, and specific jobs from DataFlux Data Management Studio so that you can oversee the state of jobs that are run from these applications. "
The DM Studio 2.5 user guide provides more details:
10-06-2013 01:47 PM
It would be more correct to say that SAS Job Monitoring is a component that is included with the new SAS Data Management architecture, which is based on the new Data Management Console (DM Console). The DM Console-based architecture and its related components are new and work in conjunction with and alongside of the Data Management Platform, rather than being a feature of the Data Management Platform itself. To get it, SAS customers must be on SAS 9.4 and will need to be licensed for an appropriate bundle which includes it.
If you have questions around whether you are licensed for a bundle that would include the DM Console-based components, I recommend you touch base with your SAS Account Executive who can help you out.