3. If there is data being produced, SAS is most likely analyzing it – from fighting fraud in banking and insurance (HSBC is using such a solution – http://www.sas.com/en_us/customers/HSBC.html), to finding cures for some of the world’s most dangerous diseases – for instance, giving researchers access to the largest cardiovascular database in the world. In your opinion, for which sectors are SAS analytics solutions a must?
Three years ago, we talked about Analytics Culture; last year, the focus was on Analytics for EVERYone – democratization of analytics, with new tools to facilitate the use of analytics pervasively in the company. Today is dedicated to Analytics EVERYwhere, underlining the widespread of analytic solutions. The driving force is the Internet of EVERYthings that brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – turning information into actions that create new capabilities and richer experiences, affects many aspects of the everyday life and contributes to the data explosion, opening the doors to new business models and services. The economist Jeremy Rifkin talks about the third industrial revolution, at zero marginal cost. The modern era is characterized by many disruptive elements: product co-development with customers, interpenetration of industries, ‘new deal on data’ (people share personal information in exchange for value added services); democratization of information and analytics; streaming analytics to process data when they are generated.
As implied, simply producing data triggers the usage of data and usage of data is Analytics. In short, my answer is EVERYWHERE.
4. What is the most important feedback from your clients/ prospective clients that you received in 2016?
Unity & simplicity. In my opinion, more and more of our clients are looking for a ‘Swiss Army Analytical Tool’, capable of performing from very approachable analysis to advanced and very specialized statistical analytics. A tool that can be flexible, as well as scalable. For this reasons, we have launched in 2016 the SAS Viya.
SAS Viya is a unique platform that enables your organization to quickly conquer all kinds of analytical challenges; to easily assemble and share solutions built with embedded analytical services; to build governed applications, quickly deliver answers and consistently get the best results. Its open architecture serves everyone from data scientists to business analysts, from application developers to executives. Moreover, it provides the reliable, scalable and secure analytics inventory management and governance necessary for agile IT enablement.
SAS Viya helps your organization handle the ever-changing and ever-growing range of analytical demands. Regardless of how many users you have, what size your data is or how it’s refreshed, you’ll get answers fast. The architecture is designed with resilient distributed processing for optimized analytical workloads.
With SAS Viya, it is possible to integrate all aspects of the analytical life cycle – whether they are in SAS, from other programming languages like Python, Java or Lua, or called from your own applications using public REST APIs. You can access the power of SAS in one managed and monitored platform, with a single inventory of all analytical assets. Moreover, you can solve synchronization issues arising from different code bases. As a central backbone for analytics, the cost of updates between different environments is eliminated and you no longer need to spend time worrying about compliance issues and more time on innovation.