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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Amelia | September 27, 2022
Amelia, the leading Enterprise Conversational AI software company, today announced that Amelia has been recognized as a Leader in Conversational AI in Everest Group's recent report, Conversational AI – Technology Vendor Landscape with Products PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2022. This marks the second consecutive year that Amelia has been recognized by Everest Group for its leadership in the Conversational AI market.
For this PEAK Matrix® assessment, Everest Group evaluated the Vision & Capability and Market Impact of 26 global Conversational AI technology vendors, and then classified each company into one of three categories: Leaders, Major Contenders and Aspirants. Of the 26 vendors assessed, Amelia is named the Leader and placed in the highest overall position in Everest Group's PEAK Matrix®.
In the report, Amelia is the only vendor to be listed amongst the top technology vendors for all major business functions, and leads in all major industries – including banking, telecom, healthcare and insurance. Everest Group also highlights Amelia's considerable experience working with global clients from across all industries as a notable strength.
Amelia's omnichannel capabilities, sentiment analysis, agent-assist and built-in Orchestration Services are also all recognized as key advantages of the company's Conversational AI platform. "Buyers have also highlighted the cognitive capabilities of the platform, its partnership ecosystem, and the Amelia team's transparency as strength areas of the vendor," the report states.
"There is no denying the critical role that Conversational AI continues to play for successful businesses, as evidenced by the exponential increase in adoption that we're observing across industries. As pioneers of this competitive landscape, one which we have pursued for more than two decades, we are honored and proud that for two years running, Everest Group has recognized Amelia as the clear Leader in Conversational AI."
Chetan Dube, CEO of Amelia
Amelia is a leading Enterprise Conversational AI software company with a long history of innovation in automation and Conversational AI. We create fulfilling human experiences through groundbreaking AI solutions, as we enable conversational experiences, streamline IT operations, and automate processes. In 2014, we launched Amelia, the Most Human AI™; then in 2018, we introduced true end-to-end, enterprise-wide automation allowing enterprises to quickly optimize back-end operations. Amelia is consistently recognized by third-party analyst firms as a market leader. Headquartered in New York City with offices in 15 countries, Amelia's roster of client success stories speaks for itself: Our technology impacts more than 200 of the world's leading brands, including global leaders in banking, insurance, telecommunications, and other industries. See how Amelia is powering the Future of Work at amelia.ai.
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AppTek | September 27, 2022
AppTek and expert.ai announced today they have entered into a strategic technology partnership to bring AI-based text analytics to dynamic audio content in multiple languages. The partnership leverages AppTek's leadership in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Neural Machine Translation (NMT) technologies with expert.ai's natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities to enable organizations to leverage audio content in the unstructured data sets that they manage for improving decision making and augmenting intelligent automation.
As organizations increasingly utilize language data—emails, documents, reports and other free form text— for an ever-growing range of enterprise use cases (knowledge discovery, contract analysis, policy review, email management, text summarization, classification, entity extraction, etc.), natural language capabilities will play a critical role in powering any process or application that relies on unstructured language data. The combined capabilities of AppTek and expert.ai supercharge enterprise and government NLU and NLP (natural language processing) applications, expanding the data types and sources available for analysis to provide even more informational output.
"This partnership brings the full stack Human Language Technology to the federal and commercial space in both Europe and the United States. As we cover multiple sources and types of information input together, we address the full scope of recognition, cognition, interpreting and analytics. "We look forward to implementing our joint vision."
Michael Veronis, Chief Revenue Officer at AppTek
Using AppTek's speech-to-text technology within the expert.ai Platform, organizations can automatically transcribe audio types from different sources, including high-quality media broadcast content, podcasts, meetings, one-to-one interviews or even low-bandwidth telephone conversations. In addition, they can leverage advanced multilingual functionalities to generate highly accurate, customizable and scalable translations across hundreds of language pairs.
"The challenges posed by different languages and dialects along with the constraints of speech-to-text accuracy are causing organizations to miss out on the massively unexploited value of language data, especially audio content," said Colin Matthews, Chief Revenue Officer at expert.ai. "We are thrilled for this partnership, since AppTek technologies for automating speech recognition and machine translation complement our AI-powered natural language capabilities by harnessing the potential of dynamic multilanguage audio content within the expert.ai Platform."
AppTek is a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies for automatic speech recognition (ASR), neural machine translation (NMT), natural language processing/understanding (NLP/U) and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies. The AppTek platform delivers industry-leading, real-time streaming and batch technology solutions in the cloud or on-premises for organizations across a breadth of global markets such as media and entertainment, call centers, government, enterprise business, and more. Built by scientists and research engineers who are recognized among the best in the world, AppTek's multidimensional 4D for HLT (human language technology) solutions with slice and dice methodology cover hundreds of languages/dialects, domains, channels and demographics, and drive high impact results with speed and precision.
Expert.ai is a leading company in AI-based natural language software. Organizations in insurance, banking and finance, publishing, media and defense all rely on expert.ai to turn language into data, analyze and understand complex documents, accelerate intelligent process automation and improve decision making. Expert.ai's purpose-built natural language platform pairs simple and powerful tools with a proven hybrid AI approach that combines symbolic and machine learning to solve real-world problems and enhance business operations at speed and scale. With offices in Europe and North America, expert.ai serves global businesses such as AXA XL, Zurich Insurance Group, Generali, The Associated Press, Bloomberg INDG, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, Gannett and EBSCO.