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SAS® Enhances British Army's Manpower Planning

SAS data quality, reporting and analytics solutions streamline processes for the British Army 

16 September 2013 - The British Army's Headquarters is using SAS, the leader in business analytics, to analyse and more efficiently allocate manpower and resources, saving UK taxpayers more than £20million and ensuring the country's forces are sufficiently prepared to fulfil their roles. SAS data quality, reporting and analytics solutions give the British Army a valuable insight into available resources and optimise valuable information, as well as allowing it to future-proof and streamline information held in its systems.

The Army retains a complex system with up to 200 trades supported, from Infantry to signaller and from engineer to plant operator mechanic. With multiple sources of big data about its personnel, such as skills and capabilities, efficient data handling is crucial to making the right manpower decisions. Through SAS-driven insight the army has been able to realign (and avoid wastage) of expenditure totalling £770million.

The software includes SAS Enterprise BI Server, a business intelligence software solution that provides insights from big data that enhance enterprise and data mining capabilities. The British Army is also using SAS to maintain a high quality of data, correcting input errors and de-duplicating data sets, while SAS Enterprise Guide is used to streamline the Army's data and data analytics and reporting capabilities.

In addition to creating and providing innovative solutions, the SAS Professional Services team of domain experts are working on-site, enabling the Army to integrate disparate sources of data relating to human resources. With the ground level support, the Army is now able to work in a more agile and efficient manner when responding to urgent and nascent information demands, as well as supporting the overall manpower planning programme.

Elaine Drummond, head of public sector at SAS UK, said: "SAS gives the British Army a much greater insight into vast volumes of information held within their systems. By sufficiently aligning and simplifying the data, the British Army now has the power to make better-informed decisions about manpower planning, driving efficiencies and new opportunities for innovation.

"The role the in-house SAS team play in supporting the Army will remain critical in reviewing manpower efficiencies and system optimisation today and in the future. Our close engagement on-site means that we can support the current restructuring process by ensuring that systems are aligned with the Army's core needs – efficient and more structured manpower planning."



The British Army is the land warfare branch of the British Armed Forces.  The Army comprises of Regular and Reserve soldiers serving in the UK and abroad, and currently totals 125,000+ personnel.

The British Army Headquarters based in Andover is responsible for ensuring the right personnel are properly trained and equipped for operations and military commitments.

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