SAS Incorporates Machine Learning with Next-Gen Analytics Solution

SAS has launched Viya,, a new analytics and visualization architecture designed to help make analytics accessible to a greater swath of users. According to the vendor, Viya, represents the foundation for a suite of offerings including machine learning, and will help speed the time between early-stage analytical exploration and resulting business value for users of all skill levels.

Viya and the initial offerings will be available in May for select early adopters, and will be generally available in third quarter 2016, the company said.

All initial offerings will have both a point-and-click user interface and an interactive programming interface. In 2016, SAS will deliver: SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, SAS Visual Investigator, and SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning.

“Analytics are firmly at the center of today’s enterprise, producing new opportunities, improving customer experiences and growing bottom lines,” said Randy Guard, SAS EVP and chief marketing officer. “SAS Viya provides businesses, governments, and other organizations a single, open and cloud-ready architecture.”

With the introduction of the Viya architecture SAS is also creating a community for knowledge sharing, added Guard. Users will be able to contribute code, procedures, visuals and services, and collaborate on ideas.

In addition to a multi-vendor architecture for analytics, SAS Viya delivers a multi-cloud architecture for analytics. A single code base ensures consistent, reusable assets that are transportable as infrastructure evolves. 

However, according to SAS, the benefits of Viya extend beyond cloud computing support. The architecture ensures easy deployment in the cloud or on-site and the unified architecture delivers technology integration in support of the entire analytic lifecycle, alleviating the need to stitch code from different providers together.