Long at startup, SAS continues to catch up by opening its solutions to cloud technologies. With the announcement of the availability of its Viya analytical suite on Microsoft Azure, the publisher is taking another big step.
We may have been a tenor of analytics for more than 50 years, but we cannot rest on our laurels forever. This is probably what SAS must have thought when taking the decision to make the Viya analytical platform available on the Microsoft Azure marketplace, with pay-as-you-go pricing.
For the record, Forrester had criticized SAS a few years ago for its lack of openness, adoption of the public cloud or even market programming languages, preferring its proprietary language. And, the least we can say is that the publisher has worked hard to catch up. In quick succession, it announced support for Python, then R, as well as a version of its cloud-native SaaS Viya platform that could be deployed internally. To open up to new users, the publisher has also adopted low code/no code to allow as many people as possible to use the AI embedded in Viya.
Today, SAS is taking the next step by providing customers with access to essential capabilities for data exploration, machine learning, and analytics model deployment on Microsoft Azure. More concretely, companies will be able to use SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning, and SAS Model Manager. To facilitate access to its technologies, the publisher has also provided an exhaustive training module.
” We are excited to offer customers a new way to access SAS Viya while continuing to provide all the advanced features our users already know and love.”, says Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS. ” We’ve spent decades building the most comprehensive analytics suite on the market, with next-gen AI that spans the full analytics lifecycle. We design and test our software to be trustworthy. And now we make it all available with just a few clicks on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. »
All in all quite logical after obtaining the Microsoft Partner of the Year 2022 award as a global independent software publisher, this announcement is an extension of the strategic partnership between SAS and Microsoft. It remains to be seen whether the publisher intends to continue its openness to other public clouds on the market…