Building Autonomous Systems with Microsoft AI

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Toyota Material Handling and Microsoft are using AirSim—an open source simulation platform originally developed to teach drones or robots to learn in high fidelity simulated environments—to train a forklift on tasks like picking up a pallet. This video illustrates the vision for a future warehouse with pre-trained, intelligent forklifts assisting people in everyday activities.

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8 Epic App Innovations that Help Your Business Stand Out

Article | August 8, 2022

Contents 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality 2.3 Beacon Technology 2.4 Al and Ml 2.5 Wearables 2.6 Predictive Analytics 2.7 Blockchain Technology 2.8 On-Demand Applications 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Development Innovations for Your Small Business: 4. Tying Everything Together Increased use of the internet and smartphones demands better mobile applications be developed. Innovation is the key driving force that can make or break the market regarding mobile app development. A fantastic team of mobile app developers and smart innovation employing the latest technology produce a huge hit app. Let us learn more about how the mobile app development market grows. 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development The mobile application development market is projected to grow at a 13.4% CAGR from 2023 to 2030, with a value of $187.58 billion recorded in 2021. This is due to the increased use of the internet and smartphone platforms, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The app's algorithms learn and understand user interests to deliver refined results that generate better user engagement. As Ericsson and the Radicati Group forecasted, 6.64 billion people own a smartphone today, which is around 83.32% of the world population, and by 2025, 7.33 billion people will own a smartphone. As a result, there is a substantial rise in demand for better smartphone apps, for which creative and innovative mobile application development is the need of the hour. Innovation will give your business a competitive edge it's never had before. It will also open up new ways to grow your business. Discover the top innovations in mobile app development. 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development Some of the technological breakthroughs in mobile app development will greatly improve the user experience in the future. These focus mainly on the implementation of the latest technological innovations to realize functionality that has never been seen or done before. Let us now delve into their specifics. 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development While Android has a market share of 70%, iOS has grabbed a market share of around 28% in the mobile operating systems market as of 2022. In-app advertising and in-app purchases generate the major ROI from mobile applications on both mobile operating platforms. A great UI and UX go a long way toward boosting your app and business, and they also help you rank highly in the respective app markets, i.e., the Google Play Store and the App Store. Rolling out constant updates and adhering to the security standards of the marketplace keeps your business app ranking at the top. 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality With the AR kit, you can design and make 3D mobile apps for your customers that use virtual reality. AR and VR are constantly changing the business of making mobile apps. You can use these trends to give mobile users really great experiences. A few of the sectors making successful use of these technologies include gaming, e-commerce, retail, interior design, real estate, tourism and travel, education, training, healthcare, manufacturing and construction, advertising and marketing, and entertainment. Your AR and VR mobile apps are more valuable if you can meet your expectations for maximum ROI with a minimum budget. You can do this by making constant improvements to your minimum viable product. 2.3 Beacon Technology The beacon technology uses a smartphone's Bluetooth to identify any store, museum, or other business in the vicinity. As mobile devices get more powerful, IoT and edge sensors will be used more and more. Because of that, beacon technology will change the way we interact with the world. This technology sends notifications to your customer’s phone about your product when the customer passes by, sends content and descriptions about an ongoing event at your location to your customers, and more. Proximity marketing and indoor navigation notifications are the few ways retail is using this technology. With the help of beacon technology, your business can track assets, keep track of contacts, offer access to loyalty programs, gather advanced data, and send mobile tickets. 2.4 Al and ML The versatility and power of innovations in Al and ML keep them relevant. For example, they let you turn pictures into animations that look real. These animations provide real-time analytics and other valuable insights. As an AI learns from its own experience, providing a better customer experience based on the data you feed it helps create intelligent chatbots. Personalized shopping assistance, fraud prevention, task automation, smart content, voice assistants, and autonomous vehicles are a few of the examples where you will see AI implemented. An AI trains itself through machine learning, or ML. ML forecasts future data trends using available historical data. This invaluable addition to your existing apps transforms the way they interact with customers. We are one step closer to a super-personalized experience. 2.5 Wearables Wearables let you make calls, find your way to your destination, measure and analyze your vital signs in real time, and look at your own personal insights. So, app developers and businesspeople should focus on making apps that give people who use wearables a great digital experience. Getting better apps for wearable devices can greatly enhance their functionality and the user experience. From listening to your favorite music to tracking your fitness goals, taking notes, finding a parking spot, and adhering to your health and fitness regimen, a wearable device does it all. If developing your company’s wearable app delivers more value, this technology is not just a game changer but a lifesaver for many. 2.6 Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics is essential to e-commerce. When it comes to making mobile apps, predictive analysis can help improve both the process and the user experience. By putting together information from many developers, it can help predict problems and suggest solutions. Your predictive analytics will be better if you use artificial intelligence (AI), data mining, machine learning, modeling, and statistics. The data that your small and medium-scale businesses have gathered over a period of time becomes one of the most valuable sources of information that helps predict and forecast future market trends. Unexplained market rises and falls will now have an explanation, as will mobile apps that can precisely tell what, when, and where needs to be changed, replaced, or repaired. Using constants and variables that are already known, predictive analytics and data modeling can help make accurate predictions about the future. 2.7 Blockchain Technology The world of blockchain has innumerable possibilities. Applications backed by blockchain technology benefit from end-to-end encryption. This means no one but you can retain data ownership rights. Blockchain technology is used for a lot of important communication and financial transactions because it is safe and private. Blockchain holds promise for better efficiency, productivity, and performance, as well as for elevating the user experience. Blockchain is more secure and reliable, offers better transparency in financial transactions, makes you go password-free using an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), promotes simplicity, protects your identity, safeguards access to your digital data and information, and helps transmit and receive accurate data with the help of balanced data transfer using several nodes at once. 2.8 On-Demand Applications As lockdowns and quarantines went on for a long time, many delivery apps started to appear. There were apps for taxis, grocery stores, and even medicine delivery. The on-demand model is likely to grow as more service-based companies shift their focus towards on-demand apps. Technology is always changing, and every year, new versions of technology hit the market. That's why we need to keep up with the latest updates and use them to make applications that are both new and full of features. That's a must for a successful launch of a mobile app. Making the software development process easy for the developers reduces the time it takes to develop applications using the software. There are options like rapid application development software, no code, and low-code application development software. These can include mobile app development, SaaS (software as a service), cloud apps, on-premise standalone apps, desktop apps, and web-based apps for many devices, including IoT devices. Using AI to power the application development process speeds up development, testing, and deployment, which helps a lot with scaling from small to medium to large and beyond. 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Innovations for Your Small Business: Creating a winning product doesn’t have to be a long process. Improvements on the product offered by competitors and finding competitor product shortcomings, along with using innovative technologies, help add value to your mobile app as a product. Mobile app development innovations help in many ways, such as: Improve your brand's relationship with your customers Offer 24/7 access to your business Get excellent customer insights Efficiently market your product online Save on additional marketing costs Boost employee efficiency by increasing engagement Improve communication shreds down the busy work and Streamline the data Generate a new revenue stream from ads targeted at in-app purchases. As a result, you meet customer expectations efficiently, allowing you to expand your business and attract potential customers. Your customers and potential customers are always looking for something new and exciting to experience and adopt. Sooner or later, they make habits of seeing something, and then they start thinking of that mobile app as a standard benchmark to look up to. Talking about the scalability of a mobile application, there is a lot of scope to improve using innovative technologies, and all minor to major updates take you from where you are to where you want to be. Finding the right mix of technologies will help your business grow and expand. 4. Tying Everything Together Business growth for small-scale businesses starts with new inputs and strategic technological investments in mobile app development. Although they sound promising, striking the right balance to implement innovative technologies relies heavily on rigorous predictive analysis. Tools and technologies help meet customer expectations at scale and grow the business beyond imagination with the power of innovation.

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Empowering Industry 4.0 with Artificial Intelligence

Article | November 14, 2022

The next step in industrial technology is about robotics, computers and equipment becoming connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and enhanced by machine learning algorithms. Industry 4.0 has the potential to be a powerful driver of economic growth, predicted to add between $500 billion- $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy between 2018 and 2022, according to a report by Capgemini.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Businesses

Article | July 14, 2022

Whilst there are many people that associate AI with sci-fi novels and films, its reputation as an antagonist to fictional dystopic worlds is now becoming a thing of the past, as the technology becomes more and more integrated into our everyday lives. AI technologies have become increasingly more present in our daily lives, not just with Alexa’s in the home, but also throughout businesses everywhere, disrupting a variety of different industries with often tremendous results. The technology has helped to streamline even the most mundane of tasks whilst having a breath-taking impact on a company’s efficiency and productivity

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The advances of AI in healthcare

Article | February 11, 2020

With the Government investing £250 million into the project, the Lab will consider how to use AI for the benefit of patients – whether this be the deployment of existing AI methods, the development of new technologies or the testing of their safety. Amongst other things, the initiative will aim to deliver earlier diagnoses of cancer. It is estimated that in excess of 50,000 extra patients could see their cancer being detected at an early stage, thus boosting survival rates. More specifically, a study has shown that AI is quicker in identifying brain tumour tissue than a pathologist.This would have a positive knock-on effect in other areas, such as enabling money to be saved (that otherwise would have been spent on further treatment) and reducing the workload of staff (at a time when there is a crisis in NHS workforce numbers).

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Cognizant collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate sustainability transformation

Cognizant | November 08, 2022

Cognizant is expanding its collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate both digital and sustainability transformations through a new solution – the Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator, powered by the Microsoft Cloud and Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. This innovative solution combines both Cognizant's deep experience in IoT and data analytics with Microsoft's industry-leading cloud capabilities. Cognizant and Microsoft are showcasing this robust solution together at COP27, taking place this week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Corporate sustainability is more than a nice-to-have, optional initiative for companies in today's economy. To grow, thrive, and manage risk, companies must incorporate sustainability into their strategies, operations, and cultures. Investors, regulators, employees, and consumers all expect companies to radically reduce or even eliminate their negative impacts while finding ways to provide value and improve outcomes for people and the planet. And stakeholders expect robust reporting to hold companies accountable to their stated goals. Accurate data and digital capabilities sit at the center of helping companies determine the appropriate actions and demonstrate accountability. The Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator automates the collection of data and provides valuable analytics that allow clients to track and take action on their sustainability goals. Utilizing Microsoft Sustainability Manager, Cognizant delivers end-to-end capabilities required to automate the collection, analysis and reporting of sustainability efforts. "The Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator, built on the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, is designed to significantly accelerate the implementation of sustainability data acquisition and visualization. This, coupled with Cognizant's sustainability advisory expertise, will help clients identify, prioritize, automate, optimize and report on sustainability actions." Anna Elango, Cognizant EVP, Core Technologies and Insights "We are focused on accelerating progress to realize a more sustainable future, and our collaboration with Cognizant's Sustainability practice, to bring the innovative Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator to market will provide customers with data driven insights so they can make decisions and implement the digital solutions that will help them accurately measure and report on their sustainability goals and progress," says Elisabeth Brinton, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Sustainability. "As a Chief Sustainability Officer, I understand the value of streamlining data and reporting so that companies can get onto the work of strategy. This new solution is designed help our clients do just that," Sophia Mendelsohn, Cognizant Chief Sustainability Officer. A new e-book and video details more about how Cognizant's Sustainability practice and Microsoft are supporting clients in their sustainability efforts through expertise and technology. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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Alchemer Launches Microsoft Teams Integration

Alchemer | October 13, 2022

Alchemer – a global leader in Customer Experience (CX) and enterprise feedback technology – announced today the launch of its Microsoft Teams integration, which automates delivering customer and employee feedback directly into Teams channels. The integration set-up is easy and direct, eliminating the need for IT assistance. The Microsoft Teams integration expands Alchemer’s list of available integrations, which includes Salesforce, Slack, Tableau, and other leading business-critical software. Alchemer integrations automate and simplify the distribution of customer and employee feedback into the key systems widely used by organizations to help drive immediate action. With the Alchemer Microsoft Teams integration, organizations can close the loop on feedback from Alchemer surveys by automatically sending alerts within Teams channels. This allows users to quickly disseminate critical feedback and information rather than relying on email and other forms of secondary communication. Only the Alchemer Microsoft Teams integration includes the “card actions” feature. From within their account, Alchemer users can create and configure card actions – buttons within the Teams message – allowing simplified collaboration, survey testing, and action. This allows stakeholders to leave comments within the Microsoft Teams channel, streamlining survey creation. “Our product strategy is to be action-forward, agile, and accessible to help customers immediately act on feedback. “Our Microsoft Teams integration is an important component in that strategy, allowing our customers to respond to feedback more quickly and efficiently.” Peter Zaidel, Director of Product Management at Alchemer About Alchemer Alchemer offers the world’s most flexible feedback and data collection platform, with twice as many question types and a low-code design that allows innovative thinkers across organizations to solve real business problems cost-effectively. Alchemer serves more than 13,000 global customers, including many Fortune 500 companies.

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SAS Viya now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

SAS | September 28, 2022

SAS Explore The SAS® Viya® analytics platform is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace with the click of a button on a pay-as-you-go basis. Full-featured SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure equips customers worldwide with access to essential data exploration, machine learning and model deployment analytics. It's available in many translated languages and includes an extensive in-app learning center to support immediate onboarding and long-term success. Market research from IDC forecasts that analytics software deployment on public clouds is growing and will match on-premises deployments by 2024. "In this strategic move, SAS makes access to its analytics easier," said Dan Vesset, Group Vice President, Analytics and Information Management at IDC. "SAS Viya is one of the most comprehensive analytics platforms on the market today. Presenting users with the complete analytics life cycle – from data to a deployed and managed model – available for immediate use and deployment via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, is key. And offering it with built-in support and training is expected to bring significant productivity benefits to analytics, IT and business groups around the world." Comprehensive access, broad language support SAS Viya is designed to broaden analytics access across an organization, with machine learning capabilities that allow all users to increase productivity and collaborate seamlessly. With the availability of SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure, users will have access to the full Viya package that includes SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning, and SAS Model Manager. The platform offers both programming and low- or no-code options in a single visual interface to enable users of all skill levels to take advantage of best-in-class AI. With support for both SAS and open source languages including Python and R, data scientists can write code using their languages and techniques of choice. It's a new day for SAS SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said accessing Viya in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace is a fast and easy way to tap into the power of SAS. "We're excited to offer customers a new way to gain access to SAS Viya while continuing to provide all the powerful capabilities our users already know and love," Goodnight said. "We've spent decades building the most comprehensive suite of analytics on the market, with next-generation AI that addresses the complete analytics life cycle. We design and test our software to be the fastest and most productive. And now we're making it all available with a few clicks in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace." Ongoing commitment to customer success "Our commitment to cloud and AI innovation is critical to our customers' success – whether they are building simple reports or developing advanced AI solutions to answer critical business questions," said Bryan Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SAS. "Making SAS Viya available to entire analytics organizations is our goal, regardless of skill level, team or preferred programming language. We want Viya to be the foundation of our customers' innovation stories." SAS Viya users include business analysts, data scientists and information consumers from line workers to executives. They are located all around the world, across all industries, and experience benefits from fellow SAS users and experts within SAS Communities, which will be available directly through SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure. Organizations embracing the transformative power of Viya include: SAS Hackathon 2022 winner Team JAKSTAT used SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure to allot COVID government aid to regional small businesses. The Jakarta, Indonesia team used the AI, machine learning and data modeling capabilities of Viya to prioritize strategic investment, giving the most relief to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with the best economic resilience for the region and the country. bioMérieux, a world leader in the field in vitro diagnostics and its software-as-a-service offering, CLARION™, powered by SAS, connects the myriad of health care data inside US hospitals and reference laboratories to provide critical insights to battle public health threats. This innovative solution tracks antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and quickly produces data dashboards on SAS Viya to empower more informed clinical decision-making. By modernizing with Viya, S-Bank – Finland's top retail bank – has access to improved visual tools and faster performance from running its analytics closer to its data. "The solution with SAS and Azure has greatly improved how we are working with analytics, particularly the visual capabilities of the tool, which have helped strengthen the alignment between the analytics team and the business development team," said Iikka Kuosa, Senior Vice President of Products and IT at S-Bank. Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), the largest public health insurance company in Germany, uses Viya to find correlations between customer health events and gain insights. According to Dr. Thilo Eichenberg, TK Data Scientist, "Our pattern recognition application clearly demonstrates the flexibility of SAS Viya to adapt to new requirements. This architecture is what makes it future-proof from our point of view." Building on the value of the SAS and Microsoft partnership Launching SAS Viya as a "Get It Now" offering in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace represents a continued focus on expanding the SAS/Microsoft strategic partnership. SAS first announced its partnership with Microsoft in 2020, and recently earned Microsoft's Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) 2022 Partner of the Year Award. This achievement recognizes partners for demonstrating innovation and implementation excellence. The benefits of the partnership to organizations globally are clear. For the National Bank of Greece (NBG), the flexibility of the SAS platform combined with Microsoft Azure's cloud elasticity has helped transform bank operations. "With the SAS Viya implementation in the cloud, we have significantly improved development of new analytics infrastructure by notably decreasing the costs and the complexity of processes, and by acquiring agility, speed and efficiency," said Pantelis Maraveas, Assistant General Manager of Retail Segments, Bank Analytics and Liability Products at NBG. About SAS Viya SAS Viya is an AI, analytic and data management platform that runs on a modern, scalable architecture. It is cloud-first software, designed to be delivered and updated continuously and bring the power of analytics to everyone, everywhere. SAS Viya integrates the art of decision making with the science of AI and advanced analytics, helping organizations to make better decisions, faster. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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Cognizant collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate sustainability transformation

Cognizant | November 08, 2022

Cognizant is expanding its collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate both digital and sustainability transformations through a new solution – the Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator, powered by the Microsoft Cloud and Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. This innovative solution combines both Cognizant's deep experience in IoT and data analytics with Microsoft's industry-leading cloud capabilities. Cognizant and Microsoft are showcasing this robust solution together at COP27, taking place this week in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Corporate sustainability is more than a nice-to-have, optional initiative for companies in today's economy. To grow, thrive, and manage risk, companies must incorporate sustainability into their strategies, operations, and cultures. Investors, regulators, employees, and consumers all expect companies to radically reduce or even eliminate their negative impacts while finding ways to provide value and improve outcomes for people and the planet. And stakeholders expect robust reporting to hold companies accountable to their stated goals. Accurate data and digital capabilities sit at the center of helping companies determine the appropriate actions and demonstrate accountability. The Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator automates the collection of data and provides valuable analytics that allow clients to track and take action on their sustainability goals. Utilizing Microsoft Sustainability Manager, Cognizant delivers end-to-end capabilities required to automate the collection, analysis and reporting of sustainability efforts. "The Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator, built on the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, is designed to significantly accelerate the implementation of sustainability data acquisition and visualization. This, coupled with Cognizant's sustainability advisory expertise, will help clients identify, prioritize, automate, optimize and report on sustainability actions." Anna Elango, Cognizant EVP, Core Technologies and Insights "We are focused on accelerating progress to realize a more sustainable future, and our collaboration with Cognizant's Sustainability practice, to bring the innovative Cognizant® Sustainability Accelerator to market will provide customers with data driven insights so they can make decisions and implement the digital solutions that will help them accurately measure and report on their sustainability goals and progress," says Elisabeth Brinton, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Sustainability. "As a Chief Sustainability Officer, I understand the value of streamlining data and reporting so that companies can get onto the work of strategy. This new solution is designed help our clients do just that," Sophia Mendelsohn, Cognizant Chief Sustainability Officer. A new e-book and video details more about how Cognizant's Sustainability practice and Microsoft are supporting clients in their sustainability efforts through expertise and technology. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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Alchemer Launches Microsoft Teams Integration

Alchemer | October 13, 2022

Alchemer – a global leader in Customer Experience (CX) and enterprise feedback technology – announced today the launch of its Microsoft Teams integration, which automates delivering customer and employee feedback directly into Teams channels. The integration set-up is easy and direct, eliminating the need for IT assistance. The Microsoft Teams integration expands Alchemer’s list of available integrations, which includes Salesforce, Slack, Tableau, and other leading business-critical software. Alchemer integrations automate and simplify the distribution of customer and employee feedback into the key systems widely used by organizations to help drive immediate action. With the Alchemer Microsoft Teams integration, organizations can close the loop on feedback from Alchemer surveys by automatically sending alerts within Teams channels. This allows users to quickly disseminate critical feedback and information rather than relying on email and other forms of secondary communication. Only the Alchemer Microsoft Teams integration includes the “card actions” feature. From within their account, Alchemer users can create and configure card actions – buttons within the Teams message – allowing simplified collaboration, survey testing, and action. This allows stakeholders to leave comments within the Microsoft Teams channel, streamlining survey creation. “Our product strategy is to be action-forward, agile, and accessible to help customers immediately act on feedback. “Our Microsoft Teams integration is an important component in that strategy, allowing our customers to respond to feedback more quickly and efficiently.” Peter Zaidel, Director of Product Management at Alchemer About Alchemer Alchemer offers the world’s most flexible feedback and data collection platform, with twice as many question types and a low-code design that allows innovative thinkers across organizations to solve real business problems cost-effectively. Alchemer serves more than 13,000 global customers, including many Fortune 500 companies.

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SAS Viya now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

SAS | September 28, 2022

SAS Explore The SAS® Viya® analytics platform is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace with the click of a button on a pay-as-you-go basis. Full-featured SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure equips customers worldwide with access to essential data exploration, machine learning and model deployment analytics. It's available in many translated languages and includes an extensive in-app learning center to support immediate onboarding and long-term success. Market research from IDC forecasts that analytics software deployment on public clouds is growing and will match on-premises deployments by 2024. "In this strategic move, SAS makes access to its analytics easier," said Dan Vesset, Group Vice President, Analytics and Information Management at IDC. "SAS Viya is one of the most comprehensive analytics platforms on the market today. Presenting users with the complete analytics life cycle – from data to a deployed and managed model – available for immediate use and deployment via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, is key. And offering it with built-in support and training is expected to bring significant productivity benefits to analytics, IT and business groups around the world." Comprehensive access, broad language support SAS Viya is designed to broaden analytics access across an organization, with machine learning capabilities that allow all users to increase productivity and collaborate seamlessly. With the availability of SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure, users will have access to the full Viya package that includes SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning, and SAS Model Manager. The platform offers both programming and low- or no-code options in a single visual interface to enable users of all skill levels to take advantage of best-in-class AI. With support for both SAS and open source languages including Python and R, data scientists can write code using their languages and techniques of choice. It's a new day for SAS SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said accessing Viya in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace is a fast and easy way to tap into the power of SAS. "We're excited to offer customers a new way to gain access to SAS Viya while continuing to provide all the powerful capabilities our users already know and love," Goodnight said. "We've spent decades building the most comprehensive suite of analytics on the market, with next-generation AI that addresses the complete analytics life cycle. We design and test our software to be the fastest and most productive. And now we're making it all available with a few clicks in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace." Ongoing commitment to customer success "Our commitment to cloud and AI innovation is critical to our customers' success – whether they are building simple reports or developing advanced AI solutions to answer critical business questions," said Bryan Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SAS. "Making SAS Viya available to entire analytics organizations is our goal, regardless of skill level, team or preferred programming language. We want Viya to be the foundation of our customers' innovation stories." SAS Viya users include business analysts, data scientists and information consumers from line workers to executives. They are located all around the world, across all industries, and experience benefits from fellow SAS users and experts within SAS Communities, which will be available directly through SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure. Organizations embracing the transformative power of Viya include: SAS Hackathon 2022 winner Team JAKSTAT used SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure to allot COVID government aid to regional small businesses. The Jakarta, Indonesia team used the AI, machine learning and data modeling capabilities of Viya to prioritize strategic investment, giving the most relief to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with the best economic resilience for the region and the country. bioMérieux, a world leader in the field in vitro diagnostics and its software-as-a-service offering, CLARION™, powered by SAS, connects the myriad of health care data inside US hospitals and reference laboratories to provide critical insights to battle public health threats. This innovative solution tracks antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and quickly produces data dashboards on SAS Viya to empower more informed clinical decision-making. By modernizing with Viya, S-Bank – Finland's top retail bank – has access to improved visual tools and faster performance from running its analytics closer to its data. "The solution with SAS and Azure has greatly improved how we are working with analytics, particularly the visual capabilities of the tool, which have helped strengthen the alignment between the analytics team and the business development team," said Iikka Kuosa, Senior Vice President of Products and IT at S-Bank. Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), the largest public health insurance company in Germany, uses Viya to find correlations between customer health events and gain insights. According to Dr. Thilo Eichenberg, TK Data Scientist, "Our pattern recognition application clearly demonstrates the flexibility of SAS Viya to adapt to new requirements. This architecture is what makes it future-proof from our point of view." Building on the value of the SAS and Microsoft partnership Launching SAS Viya as a "Get It Now" offering in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace represents a continued focus on expanding the SAS/Microsoft strategic partnership. SAS first announced its partnership with Microsoft in 2020, and recently earned Microsoft's Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) 2022 Partner of the Year Award. This achievement recognizes partners for demonstrating innovation and implementation excellence. The benefits of the partnership to organizations globally are clear. For the National Bank of Greece (NBG), the flexibility of the SAS platform combined with Microsoft Azure's cloud elasticity has helped transform bank operations. "With the SAS Viya implementation in the cloud, we have significantly improved development of new analytics infrastructure by notably decreasing the costs and the complexity of processes, and by acquiring agility, speed and efficiency," said Pantelis Maraveas, Assistant General Manager of Retail Segments, Bank Analytics and Liability Products at NBG. About SAS Viya SAS Viya is an AI, analytic and data management platform that runs on a modern, scalable architecture. It is cloud-first software, designed to be delivered and updated continuously and bring the power of analytics to everyone, everywhere. SAS Viya integrates the art of decision making with the science of AI and advanced analytics, helping organizations to make better decisions, faster. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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