Microsoft and SAS Partner for Cloud Integration

Lisa Johnston
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Microsoft and SAS are teaming as part of a shared mission to strategically democratize artificial intelligence and analytics.

Under the partnership, the companies will migrate SAS' analytical products and industry solutions onto Microsoft Azure as the preferred cloud provider for the SAS Cloud. It builds on SAS integrations across Microsoft cloud solutions for Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365 and Power Platform.

"Through this partnership, Microsoft and SAS will help our customers accelerate growth and find new ways to drive innovation with a broad set of SAS Analytics offerings on Microsoft Azure," said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive VP of Cloud and AI. "SAS, with its recognized expertise in analytics, data science and machine learning, is a strategic partner for Microsoft, and together we will help customers across dozens of industries and horizontals address their most critical and complex analytical challenges."

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The announcement was made in conjunction with Virtual SAS Global Forum 2020, being held remotely this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will include optimizing SAS Viya, the latest release of the company's cloud-native offering, for Azure, as well as integrating SAS' portfolio of industry solutions into the Azure Marketplace to provide improved productivity and enhanced business outcomes for customers.

The two companies will also explore opportunities to integrate SAS analytics capabilities, including industry-specific models, within Azure and Dynamics 365 and build new market-ready joint solutions for customers that are natively integrated with SAS services across multiple vertical industries.

Additional SAS products and solutions will begin rolling out later this year, supported by joint co-selling and go-to-market activities.

SAS is also committed to using Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 to power its internal operations.