|[December 10, 2012]
Customers Embrace Big Data Visualization, Self-Service in SAS® Visual Analytics
CARY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
More and more enterprises are finding value in big
data with SAS®
Visual Analytics, the in-memory solution announced in March to wide
acclaim. Global customers and industry watchers quickly recognized the
advanced graphic solution's self-service data visualization as the key
to yielding valuable insight.
SAS (News - Alert) Visual Analytics combines industry-leading analytics with unique
in-memory architecture, intuitive data exploration, and
information-delivery options - including iPad® and Android (News - Alert)
tablets. SAS offers the only in-memory engine designed specifically for
business visualization of big data on general-purpose, nonproprietary
SAS Visual Analytics, which runs on commodity hardware or database
appliances from EMC Greenplum and Teradata (News - Alert), supports increasing demands
for fast answers from big data.
The US currently faces a serious shortfall of workers with deep
analytical skills, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. That,
plus corporate data rising 60 percent to 100 percent annually, has made
SAS increasingly popular.
"Anyone in the organization can use SAS Visual Analytics to derive
insight from data, regardless of data size," said Jim Davis, SAS Senior
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "With its easy,
drag-and-drop interfaces, business users can parlay powerful analytics
and reporting into full understanding of data relationships.
"Customers are sharing exploratory insights frm SAS Visual Analytics
among a wide range of information consumers, including executives,
business users, data scientists, managers and analysts. Many SAS
customers have said this is exactly the scalable visualization solution
Among those who quickly saw value in SAS Visual Analytics was XL Group's
global insurance and reinsurance arm (NYSE: XL). XL Group will use SAS
to rapidly visualize business data from internal and external sources to
explore new ways of analyzing risk.
The resulting proprietary insights will enhance decision making and
profitable growth, said Kimberly Holmes, Head of Strategic Analytics for
XL Group. She said the results will enhance decision making and grow
profits. The company will tailor data visualizations specifically for a
business team, extending advanced analytical modeling within the company.
"The quality of our decisions determines our success. With SAS Visual
Analytics, we will explore our data in new ways to develop unique
insights and drive profitable growth," Holmes said. "Data visualization
will enable us to clearly communicate complex statistical insights to
colleagues and encourage widespread use of analytics in business
planning and decision making across XL."
In addition to XL Group, the US Internal Revenue Service, SM Marketing
Convergence (News - Alert) in the Philippines and Cosmos Bank in Taiwan are among
others choosing SAS Visual Analytics to expose valuable insight in their
big data assets.
SAS Visual Analytics previewed in March to industry analysts. The
immediate, highly positive reaction continues today.
"SAS Visual Analytics brings speed of thought analysis to business users
with its capability to explore huge amounts of data," said Cindi Howson,
Founder and President of research firm BI Scorecard. "Business users can
interactively analyze data without submitting an IT request and waiting
for the results to be returned. The big benefit is that if a certain
view of the data doesn't produce the desired insight, the user can
visually and interactively explore the data differently, whether from a
browser or an iPad."
Fern Halper, PhD, a Partner at Hurwitz & Associates (News - Alert), said, "Because SAS
Visual Analytics runs in-memory, it's capable of analyzing more than 1
billion rows of data in a matter of seconds. This can enable a high
degree of interactivity with huge amounts of data, which can lead to
For more information, visit SAS
Visual Analytics (sas.com/technologies/bi/visual-analytics.html).
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