Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:48

Microsoft, SAS in deal to provide SAS Cloud on Azure in Sydney

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Microsoft Australia chief partner officer Rachel Bondi. Microsoft Australia chief partner officer Rachel Bondi. Supplied

The Australian divisions of Microsoft and analytics provider SAS will provide SAS Cloud on Azure, making it the second SAS Azure tenant globally to serve Australia and the region.

The deal was announced on Wednesday by Microsoft Australia chief partner officer Rachel Bondi and Lynette Clunies-Ross, regional vice-president of SAS Australia and New Zealand [seen right, below].

It expands on a global deal that was announced in June this year.

As part of that deal, the two firms agreed to migrate SAS’ analytical products and industry solutions onto Microsoft Azure as the preferred cloud provider for the SAS Cloud.

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lynette clunies rossThe partnership builds on SAS integrations across Microsoft cloud solutions for Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365 and Power Platform and supports the companies’ shared vision to further democratise AI and analytics.

Clunies-Ross said in a statement: "Together, Analytics and AI from SAS with the power of Microsoft Azure will underpin the new operating system for Digital Transformation.

"It represents a tangible local investment in the global strategic partnership when coupled with the establishment of our SAS Cloud Centre of Excellence in Sydney to serve Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

"Our joint local commitment brings confidence to our current and future customers and partners that they have access to the analytics technology and solutions they need for their digital transformation journey."

Bondi said: "Australian organisations are increasingly aware of the power of data, analytics and AI to support their people, to deliver exceptional customer experiences and to ensure businesses thrive and succeed.

"Our partnership with SAS and the establishment of the SAS Cloud on Azure streamlines access to this capability for local organisations and we are delighted to partner on this initiative."


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