SAS to Grow Singapore's Business Analytics Talent with New Training Programme
SAS collaborates with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore to work toward meeting explosive demand for business analytics professionals
Singapore (May 31, 2012) – SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, today announced a new business intelligence and analytics programme to help meet a surge in demand for business analytics talent in Singapore. The training programme is a result of SAS' collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to provide aspiring business analytics graduates with the skillsets necessary to gain a competitive edge in the world of big data.
"Rapid change can bring challenges, and as more and more organisations have sought to increase their business analytics capabilities in the past year, we have seen a tremendous increase in demand for skilled business analytics professionals," said Bill Lee, Managing Director of SAS Singapore. "By garnering expertise in business analytics, participants in this new training program will gain a competitive edge in the workforce and enter one of today's most attractive fields. Organisations today are swimming in data, and tomorrow's business analytics professionals will help them decide how to best benefit from it."
SAS will provide training opportunities for fresh infocomm graduates in analytics, business intelligence and data integration to fully equip them with the skills demanded in roles such as data analysts and data integration developers.
"Businesses are recognising how analytics can transform data into valuable insights to grow their sales, manage costs, optimise resources and improve decision making. Besides encouraging the adoption of data analytics by businesses, IDA is also working with the industry to set up innovation centres to pilot emerging business analytics technologies and catalyse development of business analytics products and services. To support these developments, a strong base of infocomm talent is necessary. IDA is therefore encouraged that SAS has come onboard the Company-led Training Programme for Fresh Professionals (CLT) to fast-track fresh infocomm professionals to take on specialist-level roles in this area," said Senior Director of Industry Development Group, Mr Andrew Khaw, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
This new training programme is designed to help infocomm graduates more quickly transition to high demand jobs through local and overseas attachments and on-the-job training opportunities. The SAS programme is expected to benefit up to 10 fresh graduates, and is one piece of the company's broader efforts in education. Since 1998, SAS has provided scholarships to 50 students in Singapore, and aims to reach 100 students by 2014. Additionally, the company is currently sponsoring three student scholarships under IDA's National Infocomm Scholarship programme. In a typical year, the company takes on an average of 10 interns, many of whom go on to pursue careers in business analytics at SAS and its customers.
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world
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