SAS Unveils Web Analysis Tools

CARY, N.C. (03/02/2000) - SAS Institute Inc. has introduced its first out-of-the-box programs for analyzing Web site e-commerce activity, including buying and usage trends.

The new software is a departure for SAS, which is best known for its data-mining application development tools. The company offers nearly 40 different tool sets for designing custom applications that run on mainframes and servers and that can analyze everything from network to application performance and usage.

The new packages include WebHound, which runs on any Web server and aggregates and analyzes Web activity. The company says the software can easily process data files as big as 9G bytes. The software puts SAS in competition with WebTrends and Accrue.

Also new is e-Discovery, which combines WebHound's features with the ability to take data out of IBM, Oracle and SAP data warehouses, enterprise resource planning systems, call centers and sales automation centers. It can combine information from a variety of sources to do comparative analysis.

Rounding out the new offerings is IT Services Vision, which combines WebHound's capabilities with the ability to capture data from database server logs as well as from assorted network and telephony devices. IT Services Vision lets network managers undertake a separate analysis of events or present a unified view. It runs on Unix and Windows NT.

Apex, a North Carolina Web consulting firm hired by the firm Qualex, used SAS e-Intelligence tools to create analysis programs for The Washington Post and Newsweek Web sites. Mario Perkins, principal consultant at Qualex, says WebHound will be a welcome addition because it provides a set of ready-made templates for collecting and analyzing data.

"This will allow us to deploy software more quickly for the customer," Perkins says, adding that because WebHound is extensible for use with custom code, it won't hold back developers who are interested in doing custom design.


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