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.
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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Datawiza | September 19, 2022
Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications, today announced a new integration with Microsoft 365 that allows businesses to deploy multifactor authentication (MFA) for mission-critical Oracle business applications. By creating a no-code, secure bridge between Oracle applications and Microsoft 365, the Datawiza cloud-native proxy enables Microsoft 365 customers to quickly extend the power of Microsoft's modern Identity and Access (IAM) solution, Azure Active Directory , to Peoplesoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards (JDE) and Siebel – in minutes.
Datawiza: Modern Access Management for Hard-to-Secure Applications
“Thousands of enterprises today run on business applications that don’t always support modern security protocols,” said Dr. Canming Jiang, Co-Founder & CEO of Datawiza. “Corporate boards are demanding immediate action to eliminate vulnerabilities, but replacing mission-critical applications like Peoplesoft, E-Business Suite, JDE and Siebel would take far too long and cost too much. Our cloud-native proxy helps organizations extend their investment in these solutions by enabling modern capabilities like MFA and single sign-on in less than five minutes, helping them quickly respond to new security requirements, such as the need to meet cyber insurance requirements or establish Zero Trust Application Access.”
“Microsoft is passionate about helping businesses protect their identities, applications, and data. “Datawiza is a partner in our Secure Hybrid Access program. Their fast, secure solution helps our customers take advantage of the multifactor authentication capabilities built into Azure AD (now part of Microsoft Entra) to protect their portfolio of critical Oracle business solutions. This way, they can get even more value from their investment in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Entra, our family of modern identity and access solutions.”
Sue Bohn, Vice President of the Identity and Network Access Customer and Partner Experience Team at Microsoft
Multifactor authentication adds an additional layer to application access, requiring users to prove their identity with more than just a username and password. When a user signs into an application, the system requires a second authentication, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received by a smartphone. MFA is built into Microsoft 365, which includes Azure AD, but it relies on modern security protocols, such as SAML or OIDC, which Oracle and other legacy applications don’t support.
The lightweight, cloud-delivered Datawiza platform relies on super-lightweight, cloud-native and container-based proxies located near the applications they protect. The Datawiza cloud-native proxy is deployed at the front end of the applications to create a bridge between the applications and Microsoft 365. In just a few minutes, Datawiza can be deployed and configured and begin requiring MFA, as well as single sign-on (SSO) and conditional access, to log into any application – from Oracle applications to homegrown applications to open source tools.
The benefits of Datawiza include:
Added security to extend the life of mission-critical investments – Datawiza works in all cloud, IAM and network infrastructures
No-code, so quick to deploy – no security expertise required, no new vulnerabilities are inadvertently introduced
Fine-grained access controls across homegrown, open source and legacy applications, for all environments: on-prem, cloud, multi-cloud, and hybrid
Easily integrated with cutting-edge cloud-native technologies, such as containerization and Kubernetes
Protection for individual applications even if the network is breached
Datawiza, the industry's leading cloud-native access proxy for securing applications and APIs, provides consolidated and continuous risk and trust assessment. Unlike other access management products (e.g., legacy web access managers) that are complex and siloed in hybrid environments, Datawiza offers large enterprises and SMBs a comprehensive, centralized and easy-to-deploy solution that allows every company to simplify access management, save time and increase security. Datawiza was founded in 2018 by security expert Dr. Canming Jiang, a veteran of Shape Security, now part of F5, and cloud expert Cunhao (Alex) Gao, a veteran of Google and Amazon.
Next Pathway | August 08, 2022
Next Pathway Inc., the Automated Cloud Migration company, today announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the migration from legacy data warehouses and data lakes to Microsoft Azure.
Next Pathway's SHIFT™ Migration Suite is being offered as part of the Service to plan and execute Cloud Migrations to Azure. The suite includes SHIFT™ Analyzer which provides a comprehensive review of source legacy application workloads to review the code types and objects which are present, and SHIFT™ Translator which accelerates the translation, testing and migration of complex workloads, such as, SQL, Stored Procedures, ETL pipelines/workflows, and various other code types. Moreover, Next Pathway's technology can also move workloads from other cloud platforms and cloud data warehouses to Azure with ease and efficiency.
An important feature of Next Pathway's technology is the ability to translate legacy ETL pipelines to run natively in Azure Data Factory (ADF). ADF is a cloud-based data integration service that allows users to create data-driven workflows in the cloud for orchestrating and automating data movement and data transformation.
This collaboration creates an accelerated path for customers to Azure. "At Next Pathway we are continuously innovating to make it easier, and faster for our customers to migrate to the cloud. We are extremely excited to be working with Microsoft".
Chetan Mathur, Chief Executive Officer at Next Pathway
"We are pleased to partner with Next Pathway and provide our customers with a faster and more efficient migration path to Microsoft Azure," said Zia Mansoor, Worldwide Vice President Data and AI.
About Next Pathway
Next Pathway is the Automated Cloud Migration company. Powered by Crawler360™, the Migration Planner and the SHIFT™ Migration Suite, Next Pathway automates the end-to-end challenges companies experience when migrating applications to the cloud.