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TSA relies on SAS software to analyze mountains of data

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TSA plans to award a sole source contract to Executive Information Systems (EIS), LLC, of Bethesda, MD, to help the agency continue to use the data mining and data analysis software developed by SAS, the global software supplier, whose world headquarters are in Cary, NC.

TSA will use at least three of the products offered by SAS:

(1) SAS Visual Data Discovery, a self-service, in-memory analysis tool that enables an organization to access and analyze data visually at the speed of thought with minimal or no IT assistance, and then share the results of these discoveries with colleagues, usually in the form of an interactive dashboard;

(2) SAS/Access, an out-of-the-box solution that provides data connectivity and integration between SAS and third-party data sources, including data warehouse appliances, enterprise applications, mainframes (nonrelational data sources), Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), PC files, and relational databses. These highly optimized data access engines enable SAS solutions to read, write and update data regardless of the data source or platform; and,

(3) Enterprise Miner, which can use data mining to unearth valuable insights that can help an organization make better decisions with less time and effort than ever before. Data that is acquired from various sources and scattered in multiple formats across the organization -- or data that is not properly structured for different types of analysis -- can present a challenge, explains SAS on its Web site. SAS Enterprise Miner can help a customer discover, explore and understand relationships in complex sets of data.

TSA intends to award a firm fixed price purchase order to Executive Information Systems at the end of May. A special notice it released on May 3 did not indicate the intended price of this purchase order, nor the number of users at TSA that will take advantage of the SAS software. Nor did the notice explain precisely how TSA uses this SAS software on a day-to-day basis

Further information about this purchase order is available from Yolanda Stone, a contract specialist, at 571-227-1750 or [email protected]


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