SAS Enterprise Guide is a powerful windows client application with an easy to use interface that provides a pre-defined mechanism to explore the power of SAS and publish dynamic results for a data. |
SAS Enterprise Guide has a graphical interface consisting of pull down menus, dialog boxes, and windows that display and organize data and perform numerical and graphical tasks as of SAS. This performs all tasks by pointing and clicking with the mouse. SAS Enterprise Guide is a stand-alone application that requires a SAS server, which can be either a local server or a remote server on any computer platform. To use SAS Enterprise Guide with a remote server, an additional software is required which is the SAS Integration Technologies software.
Some pull down menus and their various functions in EG are:
File - Open and save project, data, code, report, and process flow. Import and export data. Print process flow.
Edit - Modify or copy text, search and replace data. For editing the data.
View - Customize the look of the SAS Enterprise Guide window by selecting to view the tool bars, project designer, project flow, task list, and task status.
Code - Edit and run SAS codes and macros.
Data - Edit data, add or delete rows and columns. Transpose and sort data. Append and split data. Generate a random sample of the data.
Describe - List data. Generate summary statistics of the data, Distribution analysis in graphical representation. Generate one-way frequency reports. Wizards for summary statistics are also available.
Graph - Create charts and graphs such as scatter plots, bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, donut charts, and box plots. Wizard for bar charts, pie charts and line plots are also available.
Analyze - Perform statistical procedures to produce descriptive and inferential statistics.
Add-in - The Add-in Manager menu enables to add and remove add-in tasks.
Tools - Combine multiple reports into one. Set style of report, Schedule and order tasks.
Window - Bring a different window to the foreground.
Help - Get help on SAS Enterprise Guide procedures, run a tutorial. Connect to the online SAS Enterprise Guide resources.
Windows in SAS Enterprise Guide:
New windows open in the workspace when reports are generated or when a data is opened. When there is more than one window open in the workspace, the tabs on the top of the windows can be used to navigate between each window.
Project Explorer Window: There is a project explorer window which displays a hierarchical view of the active projects. When a new project is created, the project explorer window is empty. As data is added or any tasks are run and any results are generated, an icon for each object is added to the project explorer window.
Project Designer window: The Project Designer window is a container for one or more process flows for the project. A process flow is a relational view of the objects in the project. As the data is added or tasks are run and any results are generated, an icon for each object is added to the process flow and any relationship between the objects is shown with an arrow. A new process flow can also be created and objects can be copied or moved between process flows. A portion of the process flow or the entire process flow can be processed.
Task Status window: The task Status window displays messages about the status of tasks as they are being processed. The task list is hidden by default, but it can be displayed by clicking or moving the mouse pointer over the task list button. Task list can perform various kinds of tasks (e.g. statistical analysis, graphs, etc.) by simple mouse clicks.
Benefits of using a SAS enterprise guide are:
• SAS Enterprise Guide integrates an extensive array of analytics with the power of SAS software in an efficient, user friendly graphical user interface application. • Analysts can produce analyses and distribute reports. • Provides centralized, managed, role-based security. • Enables self-sufficient and easy access to enterprise data sources for business analysts, programmers and statisticians. • quick access data for analysis, schedule projects, share results and embed outputs • Process flows: SAS Enterprise Guide process flows provide transparency of the process of the data. Error reporting and quality control (QC) is built into the process to highlight issues in the processing and to ensure data integrity. • Scheduling and batch processing: SAS Enterprise guide enables one-click scheduling of processes, with process status and output reports being emailed upon completion of the process. • Publishing results: When integrated into a SAS Metadata server, results can be published directly to the server for distribution via portal. • Stored procedures: When integrated into a SAS Metadata server, commonly used pieces of code can be packed into a stored process.
Conclusion: The most important features of SAS enterprise guide are Graphical user interface, Reporting, graphical and analytical tasks, Data management ,OLAP access, visualization and manipulation, Result distribution and sharing, Administration and security, High performance computing and grid enablement of data.
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