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A friend of mine quit her permanent job and decided to start as an independent consultant mainly using SAS. She asked me several questions which I am going to pass along and post here. 1. One company that has signed the contract with her told her she can use their PC license (1 of the 10 licenses the company has). They even give her a Dell PC to load it and use it, on their site. Nice. Now she is getting creative: she is thinking about taking the software and load it at home to use it while the Dell PC is shut off and not running anything. Well, I read the license agreement(the one the company has signed with SI). Apparently, the (1) PC license(s), unlike how SAS is licensed to IBM mainframe where the number of mainframe CPUs counts, does not restrict the # of CPUs involved. Around the clock, if we divide the 24 hours into 12+12, for one half the software runs on one machine, for another half it runs on another, provided both machines are the company's property. Then, it does not violate the agreement only one license is used at any time. But I am not sure. 2. She also signed contracts with other firms out of MN. They do not provide her with anything. So she is thinking about licenseing SAS directly from SI. Now the Q is about the workstations: It probably does not make sense to buy separate computers to load separate license of SAS. How experienced consultants usually deal with this? Is it possible to load multiple copies of the software on one machine to work for different companies? Thanks in advance, as always. Paula D
I've been using and licensing SAS for many years, and this is new to me, so I wondered if I'm out of touch or if SAS is off-base with this one. Is anyone familiar with the Data Service Provider agreement SAS uses for companies providing an outsourcing (like a data processing bureau) service to its clients? It requires additional fees and those fees go up depending on the number of clients you provide this service to. We are a biostatistics consulting firm in the pharma/biotech industry (a CRO or contract research organization) and are now being told we must pay these additional fees because we receive third party data, "process it" (perform statistical analysis) and send it back to the client in the form of a statistical report. Like I've said, I haven't seen this type of contract with SAS before, and I've been doing the same line of work for several CROs in my career. Anyone out there with some insight or experience with this terminology and classification SAS has for its customers, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Kevin, Yes indeed, SAS Component Language programs execute just fine _without_ a SAS/AF license. It is also true that SAS Component Language programs require SAS/AF software to create/edit/compile SAS Component Language programs, but it does not necessarily have to be your company's software and this definitely needs to be stressed by any SCL enthusiast who understands the tremendous advantages offered by SAS Component Language over the arcane, primitive, antiquated SAS Macro Language. These advantages are so extreme that everyone should start lobbying management immediately to purchase a SAS/AF license as soon as possible. In addition to having a mature debugger for SCL code to facilitate debugging complex programs in a step by step manner, SAS Component Language is a carefully designed, full-blown, thorough going, object oriented programming language with an object class structure rivaling that of Java except that it is especially aware of SAS. I'll have a lot more to say about this in the upcoming class I am offering. Joe Whitehurst -----Original Message----- From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto: XXXX@XXXXX.COM ] On Behalf Of Kevin Roland Viel Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 5:46 PM To: XXXX@XXXXX.COM Subject: SCL requires SAS/AF On Fri, 24 Mar 2006, Randy Herbison wrote: > Yes, all SCL must be compiled and a SAS/AF license is required to > compile. > > BTW, I don't recommend SCL as a replacement for macro. SCL is important, since many (all?) of its functions are available in BASE SAS. One does not need SAS/AF to run a compiled application, but compiled is the operative word. SCL enthusiasts should consider stressing this when advocating the utility of SCL as an alternative to macro, which is standard in BASE. Kevin Kevin Viel Department of Epidemiology Rollins School of Public Health Emory University Atlanta, GA 30322