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SAS invests to support UK Big Data Analytics development

Analytics hubs will operate out of its new flagship offices in London and Glasgow

07 November 2013 - SAS, the leader in business analytics, has taken the next step in its commitment to its UK customers' development of big data analytics initiatives with the opening of its flagship office in London. This will be followed early next year with a similar development in Glasgow and an upgrade to its Manchester facilities.

These strategic investments in the UK operations are made at a time of increasing demand for SAS' industry-leading advanced analytic solutions to meet the challenges of big data. The use of analytics has become critical across industries, such as financial services, retail, telecommunications and manufacturing, not only to support the daily business decision-making but also to improve business operations, performance and innovation.

The new London office, in the heart of financial district in Bishopsgate, opens today. It provides a state-of-the-art technology experience for SAS customers and prospective customers to see SAS analytic solutions in action. The office will be a hub for the wider SAS 800-strong team in the UK - with a special focus on financial services. It will also be the main office for a team of 30 advanced analytics specialists offering in-depth knowledge on how to combat fraud and prevent financial crime.

The Glasgow office, due to open in January 2014, will be based in the city centre at the Cuprum building, Argyle Street. It will be home to a new analytics laboratory and the focus for the team at this centre will include public security, advanced analytics and closer engagement with SAS' Scottish customers. The Manchester office will be enhanced to support SAS customers in the North of England and will be commissioned later in 2014.

Dr Jim Goodnight, SAS chief executive officer, said in opening the office: "This is an extraordinary time for SAS globally as the use of analytics has become increasingly critical across diverse industries. With advancements in technology, we have created High-Performance Analytics and Visual Analytics solutions to meet the challenges of big data to get results in minutes or seconds. As the market leader in advanced analytics, our goal is to help organisations get results faster for real-time decision making."

"Gaining insights from the vast amounts of data available in the UK for both the private and public sector is key to realising the potential benefits of business development and job creation", comments SAS UK & Ireland managing director, Mark Wilkinson.

"This is already evident in financial services and the public sector where analytics is active in combatting fraud and mitigating risk. However, one of the strongly emerging growth areas we see is digital marketing. Combining UK consumers' wide acceptance of relevant benefits received when providing information about themselves with the equally wide use of smartphones is creating opportunities. These opportunities will not only create new businesses but test larger organisations to be more innovative in how they reach these consumers."

SAS in the UK is equally committed to developing the skills that will develop big data analytics as an enabler of the UK Government's information economy vision. SAS has for the past 10 years invested in providing 70 universities across the country with access to its solutions. The total investment across the period amounts to more than £60-million. In addition to this SAS has developed SAS Curriculum Pathways, as an online resource for secondary school teachers and students, and the SAS Student Academy programme, which gives educational institutions the ability to train students in big data skills.

Lord Stephen Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, says: "Building analytical capabilities for the information economy is a key part of the Government's Information Economy Strategy which sets out the opportunity the UK has to take a lead in the global efforts to deal with the volume, velocity and variety of data created each day."

"If we are going to achieve this leadership status, the Government, the private sector and academia need to work together to increase the analytical workforce pool. I am delighted to see SAS taking this commitment seriously by increasing its footprint in the UK and taking the initiative through its academic programme to support the development of the necessary skills."

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