Modern society is awash in data. The tools and concepts of business intelligence (BI) and analytics hold the key to harnessing massive amounts of data and transforming it into intelligence for better business decisions. The use of BI and analytics spans all industries, whether uncovering fraud in banking transactions and Medicare claims, improving the quality of patient care and the effectiveness of drugs, or predicting customer response to marketing campaigns.

As companies recognize the competitive advantage and strategic importance of these technologies, the need for talented people capable of leveraging world-class BI systems has never been clearer. To help meet this need and introduce new audiences to the power of data analytics, SAS - the leader in BI - has released the latest and expanded version of  SAS - Learning Edition.

SAS Learning Edition 4.1 is an inexpensive and easy-to-use personal learning version of SAS software. It gives both students and knowledge workers looking to enhance their data analytics skills the freedom to learn at their own pace, on their own PC.

Combining data integration, predictive analysis, advanced graphics, business forecasting, and quality improvement in a user-friendly way, SAS Learning Edition 4.1 introduces key concepts and practices. These include organizing and manipulating even the messiest data, leveraging a variety of statistical methods, and creating eye-catching reports and graphics to share the results of this analysis.

"Having left an analytical position to teach college full-time, I understand first-hand the importance of teaching skills with software applications such as SAS," said Dr. Matthew North, Assistant Professor of Information Technology Leadership at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. "The new release of SAS Learning Edition is the perfect tool to prepare individuals with the technical knowledge and ability they need to compete for the best jobs in the business analytics marketplace."

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