March 17, 1997 10:00 AM ET
SAS prepares data mining, reporting tools
By Juan Carlos Perez

  Offering users better decision support capabilities, SAS Institute Inc. this week will unveil new data mining and reporting tools for its Orlando 2 data warehousing suite. The client/server data mining tool, code-named Enterprise Miner, will let users choose from a variety of data mining algorithms, sources said. The other offering, Enterprise Reporter, is targeted at the average business user as the desktop reporting tool for SAS-based data warehouses, said officials at the Cary, N.C., company.

The tools will be introduced at SAS' user conference this week in San Diego. The data mining tool, which will run on Windows 95, Windows NT and Unix, has a development environment for modeling mining analysis and determining analysis parameters. The tool includes wizards to walk users through mining, which SAS divides into four steps: sampling, exploring, modifying and assessing the results, sources said.

Enterprise Reporter, scheduled to ship in the third quarter, includes an administrative module that lets an IT department represent SQL statements and rows and columns as common business terms to shield end users from the complexity of writing SQL queries. A Report Gallery feature contains a number of customizable report templates and a utility for filing and organizing reports by category or subject, or both.

The Windows 95 and NT Enterprise Reporter doesn't require any other SAS software on the client. This appeals to Mike Durbin, information services supervisor at St. Louis-based Purina Mills Inc., whose data warehouse runs on the Orlando 2 software suite.

Currently, 200 users at Purina access the data warehouse with X Window clients. The cost of loading every desktop with the full SAS client/server software would be prohibitive. It would be ideal to install only Enterprise Reporter on users' desktops to let them query and build reports, Durbin said.

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