All members of the SAS Alliance meet the same high standards for market knowledge, vision, integrity and customer satisfaction that SAS sets for itself. The Alliance Program consists of different program levels with accompanying benefits and responsibilities based on company size and level of partner commitment:
Platinum members are global companies that have products or services that provide major strategic and critical advantages to SAS software and solutions. Platinum members and SAS make substantial investments in the relationship in order to build solutions-targeted SAS practices. SAS engages Platinum members early in the development process to ensure the smoothest integration possible. Additionally, SAS dedicates a worldwide relationship manager and team to develop and deploy a strategic business plan with Platinum members.
Gold members are regional in their market reach and are typically smaller in revenues and resources than Platinum members. Gold members work to support and deliver SAS technology. Account management remains within the geographies and is implemented by the SAS regional or country business relationship manager. Gold members have program support from our worldwide organization, which works with local SAS contacts to develop and implement a joint business plan and strategy.
Silver members work to support and deliver SAS technology. They receive field support from SAS regions, countries or districts. SAS provides program support and infrastructure via avenues such as partner summit meetings and through Web support. These members are charged a program participation fee in return for the support and infrastructure they receive from SAS.
Affiliates are individual consultants, consulting organizations or single-practice teams within a large firm who are willing to continuously update their SAS skills and knowledge. Through the SAS Alliance, SAS provides program management with additional infrastructure (e.g., Web) support to SAS affiliates.