For the benefit of other struggling instructors, here’s my experience thus far: I have been unable to access any non-SAS data files, and therefore unable to evaluate the product. The On Demand version installed is EM 5.3, which is still very awkward in terms of importing data, and especially non-SAS data. It requires uploading files to the SAS server via FTP, and then opening SAS EM, creating a new project, and then inserting a line or two of SAS code into the non-obvious “startup code” tab. The code includes a LIBNAME statement for creating a path to one’s library, and a FILENAME statement in order to reach files in that library (thank goodness I learned SAS programming as an undergrad!). Definitely not for the faint of heart, and I suspect that MBAs won’t love this either.
I’ve been in touch with SAS support and thus far we haven’t solved the data access issue, although they helped me find the path where my files were sitting in (after logging in to SAS On Demand For Academics, and clicking on your course, click on “how to use this directory”).
If you have been successful with this process, please let me know!
I will post updates when I conquer this, one way or another.