LAS VEGAS: SAS has unveiled the new architecture on which all of its future software products will be based, which will include a suite of applications including a machine learning tool.
The Viya architecture can be deployed on on-premise or in the cloud, and the company's aim is to make analytics more accessible to all users, including small and medium businesses.
SAS founder and chief executive Jim Goodnight announced Viya in his keynote at SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas, saying that the architecture supports fewer procedures but is more powerful thanks to an in-memory analytics capability.
The new architecture has four key applications from the outset, including a machine learning tool aimed at data scientists who want to easily apply machine learning and data mining techniques to structured and unstructured data in a bid to ease the development of algorithms.
SAS has also updated its Visual Statistics application, claiming that it is much faster under Viya owing to the architecture's in-memory capabilities.
Visual Investigator, meanwhile, is a new product that allows customers to better manage and monitor business intelligence and analytics capabilities to combat fraud, and Visual Analytics is a data discovery and visual analytics tool that is a part of SAS' existing line-up of tools.
SAS chief marketing officer Randy Guard emphasised that Viya has an "open architecture" and supports new analytical methods that can be accessed from SAS and other programming languages, initially Python, Lua and Java, as well as public REST APIs.
"Our users will be able to contribute code, procedures, visual and services, and collaborate on ideas," he said.
Viya and the initial four tools will be available in May for selected early adopters, and will be generally available in the third quarter of 2016.
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