Microsoft and SAS partner to integrate analytics and AI

Partnership to help organisations accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives

Microsoft, SAS, Analytics, AI, Azure

Microsoft and SAS have partnered to integrate SAS’ AI and analytics with Microsoft Azure, which will be the preferred cloud provider for the SAS Cloud. The companies will migrate SAS’ analytical products and industry solutions onto. With this partnership, customers will be able to run their SAS workloads in the cloud.

This partnership builds on SAS integrations across Microsoft cloud solutions for Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365 and Power Platform.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of Cloud and AI. “SAS, with its recognised expertise in analytics, data science and machine learning, is a strategic partner for Microsoft, and together we will help customers across dozens of industries and horizontals address their most critical and complex analytical challenges.”

Microsoft and SAS will explore opportunities to integrate SAS analytics capabilities, including industry-specific models, within Azure and Dynamics 365 and build new market-ready joint solutions for customers that are natively integrated with SAS services across multiple vertical industries. This further integration will enable SAS customers to capitalise on the scalability and flexibility of the cloud for their analytics and AI workloads.

Commentring on the partnership, Oliver Schabenberger, SAS chief technology officer and chief operating officer, said: “Partnering with Microsoft gives customers a more seamless path to the cloud that provides faster, more powerful and easier access to SAS solutions and enables trusted decisions with analytics that everyone – regardless of skill level – can understand.”

This will include optimising SAS Viya, the latest release of the company’s cloud-native offering, for Azure as well as integrating SAS’ deep portfolio of industry solutions, from fraud to risk to retail, into the Azure Marketplace to provide improved productivity and enhanced business outcomes for customers.

Supported with joint co-selling and go-to-market activities, additional SAS products and solutions will begin rolling out later this year. This will enable SAS and Microsoft customers to address some of their most critical and complex analytical challenges while fostering continuous innovation. SAS is also committed to using Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 to power its internal operations.

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