SAS Beefs Up Software

Releases revised business intelligence app for worldwide customers

Cary, N.C.  October 9, 2002  This week SAS, a business intelligence software provider, shipped Enterprise Guide Version 2.0, which is a Windows client application with an interface that allows companies to leverage business intelligence resources to worldwide customers.

SAS explained that Enterprise Guide now omits the need for programming for business analysts, allowing them to reduce time previously spent coding or programming to deliver results.

The application also has some of the following new capabilities: additional guided tasks, role-based task display, and integrated scheduling.

SAS said Enterprise Guide is an important business intelligence component of the SAS Intelligence Architecture, and Microsoft's Data Warehousing Alliance and SAP's Business Warehouse program certify it.

"Version 2.0 of Enterprise Guide will enable us to make business intelligence available to an even broader audience within the bank, without increasing information technology (IT) resources to do so," said Claudio Campana, information manager at Banca del Gottardo, one of Switzerland's leading banks. "In particular, the new scheduling functionality considerably reduces the time it takes us to deliver information to multiple channels. Timeliness of information delivery is particularly key to us in our competitive environment of financial services."

"Enterprise Guide makes using analytics easier, thereby speeding the delivery of business intelligence to support business decision makers," said Jim Davis, SAS senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "Our customers want automation and reliability, and with Enterprise Guide 2.0, they get just that. Key facts, patterns and trends about a business that were previously a mystery are now driving better business decisions."

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