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SAS unveils updates to further drive Malaysian analytics

AvantiKumar | Aug. 23, 2013
New SAS 9.4 business analytics platform includes SAS-hosted cloud solutions as well as more deployment options, says SAS Malaysia's Andrew Tan.

Andrew Tan, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia modified 

Photo - Andrew Tan, MD, SAS Malaysia


Malaysian businesses have more analytics deployment options including public, private or SAS-hosted cloud solutions with the new SAS 9.4 Business Analytics platform announced by analytics firm SAS Malaysia.

SAS Malaysia managing director Andrew Tan said the latest updates help to meet the demand for more robust analytics solutions from companies around the world as well as increased demand.

IDG recently reported that the Big Data technology and services market in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan is projected to grow from US$258.5 million in 2011 to US$1.76 billion in 2016.

"Malaysian businesses are struggling to manage the information they have today and want the ability to produce insights faster while managing costs related to information management. SAS 9.4 with its cloud deployment option addresses the cost as well as speed issues," he said.

"SAS 9.4 brings with it a whole new level of flexibility which will give Malaysian businesses much easier access to SAS' suite of analytics software," said Tan. "As in any significant technology implementation, there are many aspects to consider in order to ensure a smooth progress, particularly when cloud deployment is involved."

"With SAS 9.4's built-in cloud capabilities, companies can focus on unlocking the potential of their information troves in the quickest, most efficient and effective way catered to their unique needs and requirements," he said.

 Cloud advantage: SAS Visual Analytics

Tan said the 9.4 update includes new programming languages, tools and improved interfaces. "Malaysian businesses can expect faster model development, deployment and response times for SAS' solutions. This is coupled with enhanced administration capabilities which would help to quickly and accurately highlight sources of failure."

SAS Visual Analytics, which has already attracted 200 customers worldwide, takes advantage of cloud deployment powered by the SAS 9.4 foundation.

"Businesses operating in highly-competitive industries such as banking, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), retail and insurance rely significantly on analytics capabilities to stay ahead of the competition," he said. "With the SAS 9.4 update, we have made SAS Visual Analytics more accessible than ever before. Now every employee can harness the power of analytics to make informed business decisions."

"SAS Visual Analytics forecasting support, now with powerful new scenario analysis capabilities, adds prescriptive analytics to existing descriptive and predictive analytics, helping organisations rapidly and easily move to more advanced uses of analytics," said Tan.

One of the first Malaysian companies to adopt SAS Visual Analytics is 3G telco U Mobile whose chief executive officer Jaffa Sany Ariffin, said: "By equipping the innovation, service development, sales and marketing departments with modern analytics capabilities, we want to bring a whole new level of enhanced mobile services to Malaysian consumers that help them 'live connected' and meet their different usage needs and requirements."


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