SAS recognises global partner innovation and collaboration

At its annual Partner Awards ceremony during SAS® Global Forum, SAS recognised the collaboration, innovation and contributions of its valued alliance community.

“Our partners are an essential part of our business, helping our customers get the most out of our software and developing innovative deployments to solve the most complex business challenges,” said Helen Morin, SAS Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels. “SAS Global Forum provides a great opportunity to thank our dedicated partners for all their hard work, and to look forward to further groundbreaking projects that change the way people and data work together.”

A robust partner community is critical to address the growing customer demand for evolving analytics solutions and delivery models. This is underscored by an increasing need for cloud solutions by midmarket customers with a desire to purchase through trusted local partners. SAS’ strong partner program of consulting firms, resellers, OEMs and managed analytic service providers continues to help customers implement SAS technology in the way that best fits their individual needs to solve their most complex business problems.

At the event, the following partners were honored:

Global Partner of the Year – Accord Business Group

Accord Business Group is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and has branches in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. A SAS Silver partner, Accord provides professional services, outsourcing and software development support for a variety of SAS solutions, including advanced analytics, fraud, customer experience and data management. Accord also works closely with SAS on Data for Good initiatives in the region, including work with the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.

Channel Partner of the Year – ITOCHU Techno-Solutions

This is the second consecutive year that Japanese systems integrator ITOCHU Techno-Solutions has been named SAS Channel Partner of the Year. A SAS Gold partner, ITOCHU has helped expand SAS’ presence in the manufacturing, utility and life science industries while leading significant deals with dozens of top-tier Japanese customers.

Excellence in Innovation – FACTS Consulting

FACTS Consulting is a Gold Partner based in South Africa providing cyber forensics, information security training and services, and data analytics services in the private and public sectors. SAS awarded FACTS with the Excellence in Innovation award for its development of a SAS based fraud framework solution for procurement integrity, based on years of local and international procurement fraud investigative experience. The solution monitors and prevents procurement fraud, waste and abuse, and it has been implemented as a continuous-control monitoring solution in a major energy company in South Africa.

SAS recognised the following organisations as Regional Partners of the Year:

  • Asia Pacific: EY.
  • Canada/Latin America: Vert.
  • Northwest EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): Accenture.
  • Southwest EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): KPMG.
  • United States: KPMG.

Today's announcement was made at SAS Global Forum, the world's largest analytics conference, with more than 30,000 business and IT users of SAS software participating on-site and online.

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