A big longstanding demand for the SAS Institute to enable better access to it’s on demand program for academics was fulfilled when SAS announced it ‘s access for free- GLOBALLY.
This is really nice as it helps SAS get a huge pool of potential developers and programmers and it helps students learn a valuable skill. In today’s world, having SAS as a language on your resume is probably the fastest surest way to get a job.
Also R would have to work harder to retain academics and students/future users. The “our software is free” arguement wont cut it any more.
SAS OnDemand for Academics is an online service for teaching and learning data management and analytics. Users register and access SAS software via the Web and perform processing by connecting to a hosted server at SAS. Through SAS OnDemand for Academics, users have access to multiple SAS applications such as SAS® Enterprise Guide® (which includes access to Base SAS) and SAS® Enterprise Miner™ (which includes SAS Text Miner). Additional SAS software applications will be added over time.
SAS is removing a potential barrier to students seeking experience using advanced data analysis to solve classroom and real-world problems. SAS OnDemand for Academics, already used at no cost by professors at some 200 colleges and universities, will be available at no cost to all students worldwide in fall 2010. SAS OnDemand for Academics quickly and easily delivers the power of SAS software to higher education.