SAS plans to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help organizations improve business functions by creating flexible, scalable, analytics-driven cloud applications. This marks a critical step forward in helping organizations execute their big data and Hadoop initiatives by applying advanced analytic capabilities in the cloud.
“Being able to run SAS on Amazon’s Cloud infrastructure allows us to ‘democratize’ analytics throughout our global operations,” said Anthony Volpe, Lenovo Executive Director and Chief Corporate Analytics Officer. “Not only do we reduce the costs associated with our own technology environment, but our customers also benefit because we can make critical decisions much faster by being able to analyze data from anywhere at any time. SAS in the cloud allows us to incorporate relevant changes into our business processes quickly and effectively, across our worldwide organizations.”
“Factors driving businesses toward the cloud include faster access to new functionality, reducing capital IT costs and improving the use of existing resources,” said Dan Vesset, Vice President of Business Analytics and Big Data Research at IDC. “These are all critical factors to maximizing the value of analytics, which can take the accuracy and timeliness of a company’s decision-making capabilities to the next level. Deploying analytics within the cloud gives a business the ability to use more than just existing in-house systems to manage and analyze their data.”
Watch IBM CIO Jeanette Horan explaining cloud-based analytics.