SAS on-demand – Complete Guide for using SAS on the cloud.6 min read

SAS on-demand provides the facility to use SAS software for data management and analytical uses to business, professionals, individual learners and instructors for free.

The free analytical SAS software known as SAS University Edition can be installed on your computer for free. You can follow the step by step process of installing SAS university edition from here.

SAS Demand also provides free data management and data analysis tools for free. The advantage of SAS on demand is it does not require any installation and it runs on the cloud via the internet and process data by connecting to the cloud.

It is also shipped with advanced modules of SAS such as SAS Operation Research module, SAS Enterprise Guide Popularly known as SAS EG, SAS Enterprise Miner, SAS Credit Scoring etc which are not available in SAS University Edition.

SAS On Demand includes many SAS software applications:

  • SAS Enterprise Guide
  • SAS Enterprise Miner
  • SAS Forecast Server
  • SAS Web Editor (a free online tool for developing and running SAS code)

In this article, I will walk you through from the steps required to create an account, download the application and analyze data in SAS® Enterprise Miner 6.1 OnDemand for Academics.

The first step is you need to have a SAS Profile. To create a SAS profile, click on the link below and register with your details.

The next step is to register for SAS on Demand by

SAS software provides SAS OnDemandwhich is available for two purposes –

  • Independent Learners
  • Students
  • Instructors

For Independent Learners

If you’re are an Independent learner and not associated with a college or university, you can learn SAS and sharpen your analytics skills with free access to SAS On Demand for Academics: SAS Studio. You will also get access to:

  • Free video tutorials that will teach you the basics of SAS programming and statistical analysis.
  • Two free e-learning courses – Programming 1 and Statistics 1.
  • An online community where you’ll find forums, software support, instructional videos and more.

Once, you have registered for SAS on Demand, login to your SAS on-demand dashboard. You have access to SAS studio as a part of your registration.

SAS on Demand

Just, clicking on the link to SAS Studio will get you started with the software and you will be able to use it right away.

The free Quota limit of the Home directory is 5 GB and if you are uploading a dataset that has to be underneath 1 GB.

For Instructors

To create a course in SAS On Demand for Academics, you must have or be the following:
• An active SAS On Demand for Academics account
• A professor or instructor that is associated with an institution. If your institution is not listed you can add your institution in the list.

Creating a course

  1. Log on to SAS On Demand for Academics.
  2. Select the Courses tab. Click create a new course.
  3. Register for a course and the type of software. I will choose the SAS Studio.
SAS on Demand
  1. Return to your dashboard after creating a Course. You will be able to view the course created under the Courses tab.
SAS on Demand Courses
  1. The course code is listed on the Course Details page. You only can edit your course’s name, description, level, and software. You can also delete your course. Your course data is not affected by these actions.
SAS on Demand Courses

Once you have created a course, you can invite students or other users to enrol in your course.

An enrolled student will be authorized to use any applications associated with the course. They will be able to access any data you may have uploaded to your course data directory.

Uploading data

To upload files in SAS Studio, select on Files(Home). Then right-click on the my_content folder and select Upload Files.. from the dropdown. You may also create a folder here. All the files and folders will be uploaded in the Home directory of the server.

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Local data such as SAS datasets or .csv files can be uploaded within the SAS studio as well as other SAS On Demand for Academics applications.

The uploaded data is stored on the SAS on Demand servers and is only available for use by the user who has uploaded.

Accessing Uploaded Data with a LIBNAME Statement

The uploaded data can be used within SAS studio after you have uploaded it. You can either use a LIBNAME statement in your code or create a Library by following the below steps.

  1. From within SAS Studio, expand the Folders panel and then locate the folder that you uploaded data to.
  2. Right-click on the folder and select Create → Library
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  1. Provide a name for the library. The library will be created and will be available from the Libraries panel. Enabling Re-create this Library at start-up will automatically assign the library when you will start the SAS session again.
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If you have uploaded a SAS data set, then you and your students will be able to access the data using the LIBNAME statement shown below.

You can include the access=readonly option to prevent your students from modifying the data.

libname example “/path” access=readonly;
by Subhro Kar
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