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Get Access to SAS for Free, No installation Required

Accessing SAS was never this easy. “SAS OnDemand” for Academics software, SAS is just a click away! Yes, you hear it right. Now SAS is at your finger tip that too with no installation. Anyone can access SAS software for free by just logging to an SAS website. No installation is required and it's available for everyone - Instructors, Students, and Individual Learners. In short, it's available for everyone for non-commercial use. This is an interesting and important step taken by SAS marketing team to counter competitors such as R and Python. This is just in time when accessing SAS software and learning SAS programming count to be a pain. With this software and SAS University Edition (UE) for free, learning SAS programming is no more a difficult task.

An Overview Of an Analytics Interview

Analytics is the field where experience matters most. Yes, I mean it. No doubt there are many other criteria and important too. Say, getting yourself certified in the technology you feel you should be moving forward in your career with, get some projects done, write blogs or help to resolve issues on online forums. However, leaving behind the experience, the next lion share goes to the certificate. So let us concentrate on the first part where your experience matters more not only on the field but during the interview.

Database Certifications from Microsoft

Microsoft's SQL Server platform left behind  IBM a few years ago to take second place in DBMS market share (As per Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems), and it ranks third in overall database engine popularity as of October 2016.

SQL Server offers a wide variety of tools and add-ons for business intelligence, data warehousing and data-driven applications of all types. That probably explains why Microsoft offers database-related credentials at every level of its certification program, from the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) all the way to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) program.

In September 2016, Microsoft announced significant changes to its certification program, adding five new certifications to the MCSE and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) programs alone. These certifications are designed to support Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft SQL Server 2016, among other technologies.

MTA

The MTA program includes a single database-related exam: Database Fundamentals (98-364). This credential is ideal for students or as an entry-level cert for professionals looking to segue into database support.

What is SAS Certification Programmer and why should you get certified?

What is SAS Certification Programmer?

The SAS Certified Professional Program currently includes seven levels of globally recognized certifications for SAS software users. In every case, to earn an SAS Certified Professional, one must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of SAS software and pass one or more exams.

According to DexLab survey 2016, 69% of all business will hire SAS experts in the coming year. SAS, which stands for Statistical analysis tool is a Business Intelligence tool that is used for data mining and analysis, reporting, predictive modeling, and econometric and time series analysis. As per an IDC (International Data Corporation) report, SAS has a 35% market share, even though it has decreased compared to what it has 4 years back, SAS have more than double market share compare to its nearest competitor. It has been around for more than 45 years and is now synonymous with Analytics. More than 90% of Fortune 500 companies use the SAS software making it one of the most powerful tools for data analysis. One can break into a career in SAS analytics by pursuing Base SAS certification.

Big Data & Analytics - Is Just Getting Started

Every business has one thing common in the mission, boost bottom-line, and organizations are consistently evaluating the trends to find out how they can achieve the same. The recent searches show that the use of Big Data Analytics is possibly the hottest skills dominating the job markets globally. As per the recent survey was done by the leading job survey organization, the domain is yet not explored even 10%, so the scopes are wide and bright, not only that, the pay scale is also wonderful. 

There is nothing new that, Big Data is everywhere, and it is growing. The thing is once you begin to understand it; you see an enormous amount of data floating everywhere. It aids in developing business, decision makings and rendering the key edge over the competitors. As a result, there is an extremely large demand of folks with expertise to help, analyze and manage companies using this data successfully. Those who are trained in this area, there is a huge opportunity out there.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why making a career in Big Data would be the best decision:

Understand The Basics Of Analytics And SAS

How to start with an analytical career? Am I making a right choice? These were million dollar questions for me when I have first time think of becoming an analytics professional. Ages have passed and the questions remain the same, as many of the aspirants keep popping the same question in many of the seminar I took.

Let me answer those by below one liner from one of giant, Salesforce, Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) estimates adding analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) applications will increase their Total Addressable Market (TAM) by $13B in FY2014. (Source: Forbes)

89% of business leaders believe Big Data will revolutionize business operations in the same way the Internet did. (Source: Wikibon)

Let us start with, what is SAS, more importantly, why SAS?

If you are a programmer, you must be knowing, what UNIX is for the modern IT industry?  SAS can be described same as UNIX for Programming and IT. This is the software where whole analytics industry was built around and SAS has 55 to 60 % of market share which roughly makes around $20 billion (US). 

Everything You Need To Know About SAS

SAS as a university began it journey for a research project North Carolina State University and later become a full-fledged software and services company by 1976. SAS has started developing a solid customer base in the banking and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in academia and at numerous agencies at all levels of government. Today, SAS has line share in the analytics industry by having 55% + share in the industry of data warehousing and data mining.

How to Start with SAS, SAS Programming, SAS Certification, Know about SAS, SAS Questions Dump

Since inception, the senior management team from SAS has to lead the organization not just producing best products but to make the company the best place to work with an emphasis on culture that balances work and personal life, and encourages employees to take leadership. This was noticed by many organizations such as Fortune and the Great Place to Work Institute and they named SAS as the best place to work, also  SAS got the fourth rank in Fortune magazine's top 10 list of best companies to work for in 2015. The company's low employee turnover rate is a proof of the above reorganizations & company’s commitment to its employees and, indirectly, to its customers as well. From top 100 Fortune Global 500 companies, 91 are SAS customers. SAS customers span the globe with more than 80,000 instances installed in 148 countries.

How to Start Programming in SAS with Basic Aproach

Be Familiar with Programming workspace

First thing first, lets us become familiar with SAS workspace. The SAS environment is designed to be easy to use, with windows for accomplishing all the basic SAS tasks. After you become familiar with the starting points for your SAS tasks, you are ready to use the full range of capabilities that SAS offers.

Below shown is the method for you to use SAS windows to manage your SAS session, to work with files, and to process SAS programs.

Let us begin with SAS

SAS remains the most popular and powerful tool for data management and statistical analysis. While other tools, particularly Stata, have similar capabilities and are easier to learn, most SAS experts have seen little reason to switch to SAS as SAS is a huge program and can handle any type and size of data. Many of its capabilities are geared towards the corporate environment rather than academia. But it would be impossible to cover even the most useful features in a single article. This article will focus on the data step and basics. After reading this article, you should be able to begin writing SAS programs to prepare your data for analysis right away.

Running Programs

Linux SAS does have an interactive mode, but almost all Linux SAS users prefer to use batch mode. To run SAS in batch mode, you start by writing your program using your text editor. Once your program is written, you will give the command to run it in Linux. It will run quietly without displaying anything on the screen. However, when it has finished, you will find at least one and probably two new files. One is a log file, containing a record of what SAS did. This includes any error messages, so you should always look at the log after running a SAS program. If the program produced any output, it would be saved in a lst file. Both of these are text files and can be read using the same text editor you used to write the program. They can also be viewed immediately using the more command in Linux.

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