Customers Embrace Big Data Visualization, Self-Service in SAS® Visual Analytics

  Customers Embrace Big Data Visualization, Self-Service in SAS® Visual

BI software from business analytics leader SAS provides fast answers from

Business Wire

CARY, N.C. -- December 10, 2012

More and more enterprises are finding value in big data with SAS^® Visual
Analytics, the in-memory solution announced in March to wide acclaim. Global
customers and industry watchers quickly recognized the advanced graphic
solution’s self-service data visualization as the key to yielding valuable

SAS Visual Analytics combines industry-leading analytics with unique in-memory
architecture, intuitive data exploration, and information-delivery options –
including iPad^® and Android tablets. SAS offers the only in-memory engine
designed specifically for business visualization of big data on
general-purpose, nonproprietary hardware.

SAS Visual Analytics, which runs on commodity hardware or database appliances
from EMC Greenplum and Teradata, supports increasing demands for fast answers
from big data.

The US currently faces a serious shortfall of workers with deep analytical
skills, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. That, plus corporate data
rising 60 percent to 100 percent annually, has made SAS increasingly popular.

“Anyone in the organization can use SAS Visual Analytics to derive insight
from data, regardless of data size,” said Jim Davis, SAS Senior Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer. “With its easy, drag-and-drop interfaces,
business users can parlay powerful analytics and reporting into full
understanding of data relationships.

“Customers are sharing exploratory insights from SAS Visual Analytics among a
wide range of information consumers, including executives, business users,
data scientists, managers and analysts. Many SAS customers have said this is
exactly the scalable visualization solution they sought.”

Customer momentum

Among those who quickly saw value in SAS Visual Analytics was XL Group’s
global insurance and reinsurance arm (NYSE: XL). XL Group will use SAS to
rapidly visualize business data from internal and external sources to explore
new ways of analyzing risk.

The resulting proprietary insights will enhance decision making and profitable
growth, said Kimberly Holmes, Head of Strategic Analytics for XL Group. She
said the results will enhance decision making and grow profits. The company
will tailor data visualizations specifically for a business team, extending
advanced analytical modeling within the company.

"The quality of our decisions determines our success. With SAS Visual
Analytics, we will explore our data in new ways to develop unique insights and
drive profitable growth,” Holmes said. "Data visualization will enable us to
clearly communicate complex statistical insights to colleagues and encourage
widespread use of analytics in business planning and decision making across

In addition to XL Group, the US Internal Revenue Service, SM Marketing
Convergence in the Philippines and Cosmos Bank in Taiwan are among others
choosing SAS Visual Analytics to expose valuable insight in their big data

Expert Opinions

SAS Visual Analytics previewed in March to industry analysts. The immediate,
highly positive reaction continues today.

“SAS Visual Analytics brings speed of thought analysis to business users with
its capability to explore huge amounts of data,” said Cindi Howson, Founder
and President of research firm BI Scorecard. “Business users can interactively
analyze data without submitting an IT request and waiting for the results to
be returned. The big benefit is that if a certain view of the data doesn’t
produce the desired insight, the user can visually and interactively explore
the data differently, whether from a browser or an iPad.”

Fern Halper, PhD, a Partner at Hurwitz & Associates, said, “Because SAS Visual
Analytics runs in-memory, it’s capable of analyzing more than 1 billion rows
of data in a matter of seconds. This can enable a high degree of interactivity
with huge amounts of data, which can lead to better decisions.”

For more information, visit SAS Visual Analytics

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest
independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative
solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance
and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been
giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW^®.

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