SAS Upgrades Viya Platform
February 4, 2021
made it easier to access its cloud-native SAS Viya platform. Recent product
developments help customers more efficiently democratize analytics throughout
their organizations while seamlessly managing analytic workloads and building
SAS into a variety of applications.
"Among analytics providers, SAS is a recognized leader for reimagining the way
analytics and machine learning are consumed so users realize optimal results
that solve business challenges faster with more accuracy," said Ritu Jyoti,
Program Vice President of Artificial Intelligence Research at IDC. "This
iteration of the SAS Viya platform gives users at all levels of an organization
an agile, powerful advanced machine learning engine to help master the complex
data that's in cloud environments."
Recognizing that so many organizations have struggled with the global pandemic
and its effects, SAS CEO and founder Jim Goodnight says SAS Viya can help in the
toughest times. "SAS Viya helps organizations see their data, customers and
operations in new ways that encourage confident decision making," said
Goodnight. "Leading organizations like Hanesbrands, Mercy, Banco Bradesco and
Qualitas Insurance Company rely on SAS Viya each day. Organizations expect to
accelerate innovation and reduce costs when they operationalize analytics." SAS
Viya provides the missing layer between models developed in multiple languages
and the systems where they're deployed, eliminating the need for time-consuming
recoding to deploy models.
SAS Viya now offers deep integration with Microsoft Azure services
SAS Viya is now available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, marking the
latest momentum in SAS' strategic partnership with Microsoft announced last
year. This integration between Azure and the SAS Viya analytics platform will
empower customers to stand up SAS analytics in their cloud environments with
ease, run them reliably, easily give users access to the latest innovations and
enhancements and centrally manage everything with tools they are already
familiar with. All of this will enable IT to focus less on routine analytics
workloads and more on high-value, strategic workloads that help business leaders
make better decisions.
"The partnership we have with SAS has helped our customers accelerate growth and
expand their digital transformation initiatives" said Casey McGee, Vice
President of Global ISV Sales at Microsoft. "We're excited about this latest
innovation of SAS Viya which provides a seamless customer experience with
Microsoft Azure and will bring the power of analytics to our customers, across
industries, enabling them to make business decisions faster and more effectively
in a cloud experience that's unique to SAS and Microsoft."
As for joint solutions, the Predict & Plan Consumer Demand offering built on SAS
Viya is available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace now. SAS' legacy of helping
retail and consumer goods companies increase forecast accuracy, improve margins,
reduce stock levels and connect to customers more meaningfully, combined with
the flexibility of Microsoft Azure automates complex planning tasks that improve
supply chain efficiency. It's the first of many industry-specific cloud
analytics solutions SAS and Microsoft Azure plan to build together.
A SAS Viya powers a COVID dashboard that helps save lives in India
Other SAS Viya users are pushing the boundaries of innovation through analytics.
For example, the Government of Odisha, an eastern India state on the Bay of
Bengal, uses an advanced analytics and visualization platform powered by SAS
Viya to better understand and control the effects of the COVID pandemic on its
46 million residents. Odisha's citizens and government officials proactively use
the Odisha State COVID-19 dashboard as the single, trusted source for tracking
trends in infection rates, hospitalizations and available medical resources.
Using this platform, high volumes of data around citizen registrations, contact
tracing, health conditions and quarantine compliance are aggregated, transformed
and processed to generate insights. In addition to rich visualizations, this
data has been successfully used in forecasting peak infection times and
modelling the optimal infrastructure augmentation and distribution by the State.
In essence, the dashboard has enabled Odisha to stay ahead of the virus and save
COPD Foundation uses SAS Viya to make a difference to members facing the
When the COVID pandemic ramped up, the 320 million people suffering with chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) felt more vulnerable than ever. But SAS
Viya and its built-in artificial intelligence (AI) strengths helped the COPD
Foundation explore unstructured data, identify patterns and create meaningful
reports for its members. Collectively, this allowed the organization to pinpoint
topics that were the most concerning for members – access to oxygen, medicine,
jobs and pulmonary rehabilitation services. It made the foundation's support and
outreach more relevant in the early days of COVID when members needed it most.
University College Dublin helps save babies and mothers with help from SAS
Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy affecting one-tenth of
pregnancies worldwide. It results in the death of 50,000 women and 500,000
babies annually. Researchers from Ireland's University College Dublin (UCD)
together with its AI Healthcare Hub are developing a tool that helps clinicians
diagnose and better manage patients to save the lives of mothers and their
babies. SAS Viya provides all the needed components to seamlessly navigate the
analytics lifecycle so UCD researchers can interactively explore data and build
and deploy analytic models within one unified environment.
Boemska acquisition makes cloud-native SAS Viya more portable and scalable
January 2021 acquisition of Boemska, a UK-based analytic workload management
company, enriches the SAS Viya platform with capabilities that accelerate cloud
migration. Boemska's offerings boost the portability of SAS Viya and open-source
models for mobile and enterprise applications. They also ease the development
and execution of models and decisions that depend on low-code and no-code
technologies for tasks such as fraud detection, medical event decisions and
manufacturing-defect identification. Boemska also offers enterprise workload
management tools that optimize cloud migrations.
SAS collaborates with SingleStore to help customers view data holistically in
SAS and database company SingleStore created a strategic relationship in late
2020 to improve performance, reduce costs, and help customers with analytics and
decisioning capabilities in the cloud. The relationship with SingleStore means
SAS customers will more easily gain real-time insights from data residing in any