SAS has added advanced capabilities to its SAS Viya data and artificial intelligence platform and announced the general availability of SAS Viya Workbench, which is targeted primarily at developers.

“While SAS Viya is the foundation of the SAS software ecosystem, the company is evolving its portfolio with innovative products to meet diverse user needs”, saidKathy Lange, Research Director for AI Software, IDC.

He adds that new offerings such as SAS Viya Workbench aim to boost productivity, improve efficiency and “build trust among AI developers”.

Viya Workbench allows developers and modellers to work in the language of their choice. Initially they will have a choice between SAS and Python, with R expected to be available by the end of 2024. Viya Workbench offers two development environment options – Jupyter Notebook/JupyterLab and Visual Studio Code.

The use of SAS analytic procedures (PROCs) and Python native APIs within Viya Workbench accelerates the development of high-performance AI models. Additionally, custom Python libraries can significantly improve speed and performance with minimal changes to a developer’s existing Python program.

Viya Workbench is a flexible, scalable, and efficient development environment that can be terminated with minimal IT support. The dedicated analytics environment features custom CPU/GPU compute power to meet project needs.

“The many challenges developers face aren’t just minor annoyances – they are obstacles that prevent questions from being answered and work from getting done”, said Jared Peterson, Senior Vice President of Engineering, SAS.

Viya Workbench will initially be available through the Amazon AWS Marketplace in the second quarter. Additional supported cloud service providers and a software-as-a-service deployment option are expected to be available in the future.

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