SAS® Viya™ highlighted by leading analyst firm as ‘changing the industry’

Ventana Research chose SAS Viya for its business analytics innovation award

SAS® Viya™, an innovative, open analytics platform, designed for any analytical challenge, was the winner in the Business Analytics category in the 2016 Technology Innovation awards by Ventana Research.

The annual Ventana Research award programme selects pioneering technology providers for significant technology contributions that demonstrate the potential to advance positive technology changes and increase value for organisations around the globe.

“Our research shows that usability is consistently the most important vendor and technology consideration when evaluating software purchases,” said David Menninger, Senior Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research. “SAS Viya was selected as an award winner because it provides an innovative, easy-to-use interface across a variety of business analytic functions including visualisation, interactive discovery and advanced analytics.”

SAS was among the vendors chosen for the innovation awards in 30 distinct and diverse enterprise software categories.

SAS® Viya™

Unveiled earlier this year, SAS Viya is an open, in-memory analytics platform that brings together both SAS and other analytics assets in one, consistent governance environment. Delivering everything needed for fast, accurate analytical results and elastic, scalable and fault-tolerant processing, SAS Viya addresses all analytical needs.

“For organisations that want flexibility given the multitude of options available, Viya has the advantage of being open, cloud-ready or available for use on-site,” explained Hugo D’Ulisse, Head of Analytical Platform, SAS UK & Ireland. “It answers all analytics questions and it’s scalable so organisations can start off answering a simple problem and scale up for those requiring the best in advanced analytics.

“Companies can now innovate in their language of choice such as Python and Java, and Viya is open and accessible via REST APIs. They can be assured that their efforts are easily deployed, scaled with one code base and no longer a stitched together mix of different languages. SAS Viya is uniquely compatible with SAS® 9 and brings together silos of analytic assets for organisational compliance and IT governance needs.”

SAS Viya also provides:

  • Superfast processing for data preparation, discovery and building advanced analytics
  • A cohesive, integrated environment supported by a common code base, that’s easily managed, and maintained
  • An elastic compute environment, based on Cloud Foundry, to support any Cloud environment, public or private
  • A full range of self-service analytics, from the leader in advanced analytics

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