What is the SAS?

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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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Post 64

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

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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.

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

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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?

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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?

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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?

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

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

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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.

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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.

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i completed my how i can get benefits from sas?

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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

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i want to learn sas online. please guide me.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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