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New Version of JMP® Explores and Visualizes Data Through Drag-and-Drop Interaction
Among Other New Capabilities of JMP 8 Are Uncovering Consumer Preferences and Analyzing Product Reliability

by Maroushka Kanywani, Editor, Dashboard InsightTuesday, November 18, 2008

CARY, N.C.-November 18, 2008 - SAS, the leader in business analytics, today released the latest version of its JMP statistical discovery software, unveiling a groundbreaking new way to explore and visualize data.

Users of JMP 8 get instantaneous visual feedback as they use the new Graph Builder to explore data and construct graphs. They also can design and analyze choice studies to find out which product features consumers value most; use new platforms that provide immediate, visual representation of product reliability; and experience even better integration with SAS® products.

“Exploring and learning from data should be an interactive process – a process you drive and steer – and JMP 8 lets you do that better than ever,” said John Sall, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President.

With JMP 8, organizations can:

Build graphs on the fly: Using the new Graph Builder, statisticians and business analysts can construct and modify graphs interactively, or make a new graph with just a few clicks and drags of a mouse. This new feature provides instant results as users drag variables onto a graph. Visualizations consist of small multiples with elements such as scatterplots, bar charts, trend lines and histograms.

Design and analyze choice studies: The Choice platform in JMP 8 lets users design surveys that ask respondents to choose among sets of prospective product features. This new feature enables companies to tailor their products and services to the needs of specific market segments.

Make products that last: New reliability platforms in JMP 8 add powerful new capabilities. Engineers can examine the distributional properties of lifetime events with the new Life Distribution platform. They can discover failure causes in a system and understand the effects of repair with the new Competing Causes platform. And they can use Fit Life by X to analyze the effect of an acceleration factor – such as temperature, pressure or humidity – on the lifetime of products and parts.

Integrate with SAS: Using JMP and SAS together is even easier with JMP 8, which can connect to both SAS 9.1.3 and SAS 9.2. A new SAS toolbar offers faster access to SAS features. Users can browse data from a local SAS connection using the familiar JMP interface. And SAS statistical graphics now flow seamlessly into JMP, making SAS analyses better than ever.

Leverage other new capabilities: JMP now handles multiple currency types in a single data table as well as international character sets with ease. The new Mixture Profiler visualizes and explores mixture experiment models, where three or more factors in an experiment are components in a mixture, such as a prescription drug. The powerful and appealing Bubble Plot and Profiler can be exported as Adobe Flash animations for use in Web pages and presentations. Trail Lines are now available in the Bubble Plot to connect bubble trails for enhanced visualization of change over time.

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“I’ve used JMP for a while and am pleased that the significant enhancements in JMP 8 now let me do most of my job with JMP,” Danny L. Kugler, LightScribe Reliability Engineer at Hewlett-Packard.

“JMP 8's ability to export models as interactive Profiler graphics that can be distributed and easily accessed in any Flash-enabled Web browser, provides an easy, powerful, and superior solution to presenting complex statistical models in a simple and useful manner,” said Leighton Spadone, R&D Associate at Goodyear.

“Graph Builder is a wonderful addition to JMP. It builds graphs interactively with incredible flexibility, providing the user with a plethora of ways to visualize multivariate data. Users will love it! My colleagues and I are very pleased to see the addition of choice designs, which will support voice of the customer studies. We are also excited that JMP 8 can export Bubble Plots and Prediction Profiler graphs as Flash files, allowing non-JMP users to experience the interactive aspects of these graphs,” said Marie Gaudard, Professor Emerita of Statistics at the University of New Hampshire, and Six Sigma and Data Mining Consultant and Trainer at The North Haven Group.

“Topographical analysis is high on our list, and JMP 8 handles large data sets and allows manipulation, visualization and calculation of complex surfaces,” said Paul Dwyer, Principal Engineer at Honeywell International.

“JMP 8 has exciting new reliability tools for fitting distributions, analyzing accelerated life test data and dealing with multiple failure modes,” William Q. Meeker, Professor of Statistics and Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University.

How to try JMP 8: Download a fully functional, 30-day trial version of JMP 8 for free at www.jmp.com/jmpdemos.html.

About JMP and SAS

JMP is a business unit of SAS, established in 1989 to create interactive software for desktop discovery analytics. John Sall, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President, also heads the JMP business unit.

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. With innovative business applications supported by an enterprise intelligence platform, SAS helps customers at 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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