The SAS Web OLAP Viewer for JAVA 2.1 that resides within SAS' BI servers, is GIS enabled.In October of this year, other viewers SAS uses will also be GIS enabled.The company will also release a public API that allows users to build their own applications based on this integration.Currently the company is marketing this capability to SAS9 users.
This new integrated functionality is web-based with a zero-download (e.g.you don't need a plug-in) client.The basic architecture looks like this.
Key functionality from within the SAS Viewer includes the following.
- Web-based zero-download client that delivers OLAP query and reporting (e.g.a "map-enabled cube")
- Integrates with SAS BI and EBI Servers
- Associates cube structures with map layers
- GIS-enabled through integration with ESRI's ArcGIS 9.0
- Synchronizes OLAP and GIS map data exploration
- Pan and zoom
- Select and identify region
- Filter by value, filter by region
- Filter and rank
- Create calculated measures
- Bookmark-save and return
A second representation of data that is so obvious that it has been almost totally overlooked by others is the thematic cells of a data table.This is a very cool way to represent data in a thematic table using the same symbology as on a map.
The ability to move seamlessly from data, statistically processed data and visualization both in maps and in other graphics, moves closer to the goal of extending the insight to what is actually happening in the enterprise.As these tools and some of the other things that SAS intends to bring into play appear, they will definitely extend the power to know.The objective of this integration is clearly to form a bi-directional link between BI and spatial data.