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What is the SAS?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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The SAS, or Statistical Analysis System, is a collection of software products that is grouped and offered by the SAS Institute. The collection of software that is routinely included in the system allows the end user to perform a wide range of tasks that cover just about every aspect of business administration and function. Essentially, it represents a one-stop shopping approach to getting all the programs needed under one simple umbrella.

The software included in the typical SAS system provides tools for all sorts of projects and daily tasks. Writing reports and creating graphics are easy using the tools provided. Research and project management software aids in creating both operational and marketing strategies. Tools that allow for quick and efficient data entry and retrieval make it possible to gather statistics or other information for reports in no time at all. The system usually includes components that will aid in departmental functions that range from information systems support to human resources management and even customer care protocols.

Underlying the function of the system is the definition of series of commands that allow data to be stored as tables within the system. The data can be retrieved and used by any of the software programs that are included, essentially creating a central repository for data that can be used by anyone with the proper login credentials. Using the protocols associated with the login controls, individual users can be permitted access to certain tables while denied access to others.

The origins of the SAS system can be traced back to 1966 when, originally envisioned by Anthony J. Barr, the concept was based on the use of algebraic formulas to translate raw data into usable forms. Barr continued to refine the process through 1968, and during that year, he began working with James Goodnight to expand the framework. Initially used within the academic community, the idea began to cross over into the business community in the early 1970s. During the same period, other people joined in the collaboration and the enhancement of the system continued. In 1976, the SAS Institute, Inc., was created, making the system widely available. This action was just in time to allow it to be in the forefront of the launch of the first desktop computers used in the business world, and helped to make its business solutions a viable option.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including EasyTechJunkie, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon982666 — On Dec 21, 2014

Where can I learn SAS and what are the fees for that?

By anon326768 — On Mar 24, 2013

I completed my pg in stat field during the the year 2008. I want to know about good SAS institutes in Hyderabad and course fee details and whether it is useful for my field or not.

By aparihar — On Dec 29, 2012

I am an ms. statistic student. How would learning SAS be helpful to me in getting a job?

By anon305899 — On Nov 28, 2012

I have done my masters in finance but have been working in sales for two years. Will learning SAS in finance or human resources help me with my career?

By anon289600 — On Sep 05, 2012

I am Ajabe and I have completed my graduation in BE (E&TC). I want to do SAS. Is that easy to learn or somewhat difficult to learn. And can I get someone to tell me the difference between SAP and SAS?

By niladri2005 — On Jun 20, 2012

I completed my MA in English. After that I joined an organization as a database analyst. Now I am working as a team leader database analyst. I want to learn SAS. Will the course give me a boost in my career? Please help.

By rjarun — On Jan 19, 2012

I am Arunkumar. I completed my MA in Economics. How I can get benefits from sas?

By anon200477 — On Jul 27, 2011

i am swetha, and have completed my m.pharmacy in pharmaceutics specialization. Can you please let me know how SAS is related to pharmaceutics as a specialized pupil.

By anon196360 — On Jul 14, 2011

I have completed a b.pharm course and I want to know about sas and sap in detail. Is it beneficial to me in the future in securing a job in the pharma industries? Please provide me the required information in detail.

By anon173502 — On May 07, 2011

My name is Vikram and recently have complete my BBA and I am studying about SAS from NIIT. How it could be beneficial for me and what is the scope of it in India?

By anon167498 — On Apr 12, 2011

I completed my b.pharmacy. how i can benefit from sas? is it useful for pharmacy students?

By anon161058 — On Mar 18, 2011

I have just completed an MBA with dual specialization in finance and marketing. i want to pursue an sas certification course. Please help me figure out which course of SAS i should pursue for my career.

By anon157288 — On Mar 02, 2011

I'm still doing my pharm D graduation. I don't have any idea about this SAS. I want to know completely about this SAS.

By anon156213 — On Feb 26, 2011

I am B.A. graduate. I am working in mnc as an executive in backend process. How is it helpful for me?

By anon154158 — On Feb 19, 2011

I am a business administration student who majors in statistics. can you teach me more about SAS?

By anon138030 — On Dec 30, 2010

i want to do SAS. is that easy to learn or somewhat difficult to learn. and can i get someone to tell me the difference between SAp and SAS?

By anon132449 — On Dec 06, 2010

I am a MBA (finance) guy. how is sas helpful in my career and what are the ways get a job in sas?

By anon130933 — On Nov 30, 2010

i completed my b.pharmacy. how can i benefit by doing an SAS course? is it useful for me?

By zareena — On Nov 29, 2010

I did M.SC-Biochem and am seeking a job. I want to know among SAS and clinical research which course is providing good placement, and which is best. Because nowadays, IT is booming.

By anon114883 — On Sep 30, 2010

I am a biotech graduate. How can SS help me in building a better career? Which institutes in Mumbai can I opt for a SAS certification? Please guide me.

By anon106595 — On Aug 26, 2010

i completed my b.pharmacy. how i can get benefits from sas?

By anon105060 — On Aug 18, 2010

I was admitted to the mpharm analysis and i want to join am sas course. so how would this helpful to me in the future regarding jobs.

By anon98475 — On Jul 23, 2010

what is the difference between sap and sas? Please help me?

By anon90177 — On Jun 14, 2010

I am a MBA (finance) guy. how is sas helpful in my career and what are the ways get a job in sas?

By anon85720 — On May 21, 2010

i am a b-com graduate. can i learn SAS? if so, what basic IT knowledge should one have?

By anon79535 — On Apr 23, 2010

I am Pallavi and have completed MSc Computer Science. I have one year experience on java and one year gap. should I learn SAS for a better future? what kind of technical knowledge should one have to pursue SAS? please help me with your valuable suggestions.

By anon74949 — On Apr 04, 2010

i am a pharmacy student. can i learn sas for a better career and please tell me whether i am eligible to do it or not and what will be its scope?

By anon73619 — On Mar 28, 2010

I am Rajhrita and am pursuing MCA final year under WBUT. Being a fresher should I learn SAS for a better future? what kind of technical knowledge should one have to pursue SAS? please help me with your valuable suggestions.

By anon73476 — On Mar 27, 2010

I have done MBA in marketing and am currently working in MR company. I want someone to guide me on how do i go about learning SAS. At the same time i want to know as I'm a beginner up to what level should i do it initially?

By anon71033 — On Mar 17, 2010

I am an MBA(Marketing). how i can learn SAS?

By anon66234 — On Feb 18, 2010

i want to learn sas online. please guide me.

By anon65629 — On Feb 15, 2010

i want to learn SAS programming. please give the details of fee and time duration.

By anon65305 — On Feb 12, 2010

I have passed MSc (Statistics)in 2005 and now i am working as sap trainee in a construction company.

so want to know about how I can benefit from both SAP and SAS.

By anon60128 — On Jan 12, 2010

I am BA student but i want to learn SAS so how do I learn it and should have good grades in maths?

By anon59542 — On Jan 09, 2010

Where can we learn SAS and what are the fees for that?

By anon59407 — On Jan 08, 2010

i want to learn sas. please guide me on how to go about it?

By anon57312 — On Dec 22, 2009

i want to learn this. please guide me on how to go about it? --nithya

By anon44410 — On Sep 08, 2009

i want to do SAS, is that easy to learn or some what difficult to learn. and can i get someone to tell me the difference between SAp and SAS.

By mosaalfaifi — On Jun 18, 2009

I am wondering what are the differences between SAS and ANOVA programs?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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