Business & Economy
8:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

SAS Offers Free Software To Help Next Generation Of Managers Understand Data

SAS is offering free analytic software for university students and professors to use. The company says there will be a shortage of business analysts across industries in a few years.
Credit SAS

A Cary-based software company is offering a free service to university students and professors.

SAS Analytics U will allow them to use statistical tools to manage data, identify trends, and make decisions in their research and class work. Analytics U also allows them to share their work in online communities.

'We're trying to make statistics and analytics not scary to some of these folks.' - Emily Baranello

Education sales director Emily Baranello says the company's software is already useful to statistics majors, but she said they want to make more students familiar with it.The idea is to get into undergraduate classes across disciplines. “We're trying to make statistics and analytics not scary to some of these folks.”

SAS projects that by 2018, there will be a need for 1.5 million analysts and managers who can understand data and use it to make decisions.