When I first started using SAS on mainframe computers, I noticed a similar attitude that system administrators and SAS analyst had towards the IBM PC and the burgeoning Windows operating system as being a toy and therefore can never really run serious business applications crunching large data with powerful analytics. The closed minded view that the PC was just a toy was analogous to how I see skeptics view of the iPhone and other mobile devices. Those same managers closed their eyes to the many uses of applications that run on PCs. However, they began to see its usefulness when the PCs were connected to the Internet to change the computer industry and pushed mainframes computing into relics of the past. The many applications that are being developed for the iPhone demonstrates that there are killer apps that can be a game changer as analogous to its predecessor in the PC revolution.
There have been many wars waged within the computer industry ranging from hardware to OS to browser wars. What it all boils down to when it comes to the user’s experience are the applications. The App Store has demonstrated its popularity and with the latest ability to have application sell other application, iPhone application is truly competing and replacing mobile web through a browser. Users are no longer going through a browser but rather gravitating towards a new access point of an application on a mobile device. This is a fundamental shift that will seriously alter cloud computing and related Internet services. To put it bluntly, “it is the App Stupid”.
It is not too late for SAS analysts that are glued to their laptops, desktop and servers to benefit from the mobile revolution that is going on. This paper will elaborate on a few of the following areas which debunks the notion of iPHone as a mere toy but rather that it can deliver serious business applications such as SAS in ways that was not possible before. This includes:
- System Architecture – How a iPhone access SAS data and macros
- Application Servers – SAS as an application server for iPHone applications
- Secure Users – Authenticating users and securing access to data
- Macro Parameters – Its no longer check boxes and radio buttons
- Viewing Data – Viewing SAS data in a mobile multi touch smart phone