SAS in data partnership to benefit public sector

SAS, the leader in analytics, has agreed a memorandum of understanding with The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre for Data Science and Technology.

The partners’ three-year collaboration, under which SAS will establish a lab in the Bayes Centre, will focus on data-driven innovation in the public sector.

Working with many partner organisations, the team’s initial focus will be delivering better public services through the use of big data – drawing meaningful insights from vast amounts of information.

Data science and technology enables data flow to be captured quickly, identifying trends and behaviours across many sectors and leading to improved services for people.

SAS has been a strong supporter of Scotland’s innovation ecosystem for several years. The organisation opened a research and development centre in Glasgow in 2013 and helped to launch The Data Lab innovation centre in Edinburgh in 2014.

David Richardson, Director of Partnerships for the Bayes Centre, said: “We are delighted to begin this new collaboration in the Bayes Centre with SAS to deliver new strategic research initiatives alongside shorter-term projects that will deliver value to our public-sector partners.”

Jim Goodnight, CEO and Founder of SAS, said: “SAS has a long history of working with universities around the world and I’m excited to be able to offer the prestigious University of Edinburgh the SAS Platform and its latest SAS Viya capabilities. I look forward to hearing how SAS and our technology, can help solve problems that will benefit the people and economy of Scotland, a country I always enjoy visiting.”

Hugo D’Ulisse, Director, SAS UK & Ireland, said: “The Bayes Centre offers a unique opportunity for us to support the ambition of Edinburgh becoming the data capital of Europe.  Delivering data driven innovation requires many different forms of collaboration and this aligns well to SAS as we operate across the entire analytics life cycle – from data, to discovery, to deployment.  Our new platform is able to interoperate with popular open-source languages to provide a streamlined environment that will foster productivity, agility and tangible results.”

The initiative anticipates finalisation of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal which aims to establish Scotland as the data capital of Europe, with benefits shared widely.

About University of Edinburgh Bayes Centre

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is among the oldest and largest universities in the UK.  Through the Edinburgh City Region Deal, the University is strengthening its capability in data-driven research and innovation through a number of significant investments including the new Bayes Centre opening in 2018.  The Bayes Centre for Data Science and Technology is a proving ground, fostering an ecosystem where the development and application of technology attracts the best talent and catalyses interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle hard problems, unleashing new value for society and industry.

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