At its annual Partner Awards ceremony during SAS Global Forum, SAS recognized the collaboration, innovation and contributions of its valued alliance community.
“Our partners bring our software to life, creating innovative new applications to solve business problems, guiding our customers through deployment, and helping them get the most out of SAS for all of their analytics needs,” said Helen Morin, SAS Vice President of Global Alliances and Channels. “We congratulate all of our 2019 award winners and look forward to continued partnership with them on projects that help transform the world.”
A robust partner community is critical to address the growing customer demand for evolving analytics solutions and delivery models. This is underscored by an increasing need for cloud solutions by midmarket customers with a desire to purchase through trusted local partners. SAS’ strong partner program of consulting firms, resellers, OEMs and managed analytic service providers continues to help customers implement SAS technology in the way that best fits their individual needs to solve their most complex business problems.
At the event, the following partners were honored:
Global Partner of the Year – Accord Business Group
Accord Business Group is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and has branches in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. A SAS Silver partner, Accord provides professional services, outsourcing and software development support for a variety of SAS solutions, including advanced analytics, fraud, customer experience and data management. Accord also works closely with SAS on Data for Good initiatives in the region, including work with the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
Channel Partner of the Year – ITOCHU Techno-Solutions
This is the second consecutive year that Japanese systems integrator ITOCHU Techno-Solutions has been named SAS Channel Partner of the Year. A SAS Gold partner, ITOCHU has helped expand SAS’ presence in the manufacturing, utility and life science industries while leading significant deals with dozens of top-tier Japanese customers.
Excellence in Innovation – FACTS Consulting
FACTS Consulting is a Gold Partner based in South Africa providing cyber forensics, information security training and services, and data analytics services in the private and public sectors. SAS awarded FACTS with the Excellence in Innovation award for its development of a SAS based fraud framework solution for procurement integrity, based on years of local and international procurement fraud investigative experience. The solution monitors and prevents procurement fraud, waste and abuse, and it has been implemented as a continuous-control monitoring solution in a major energy company in South Africa.
SAS recognized the following organizations as Regional Partners of the Year:
- Asia Pacific: EY.
- Canada/Latin America: Vert.
- Northwest EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): Accenture.
- Southwest EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa): KPMG.
- United States: KPMG.
Today’s announcement was made at SAS Global Forum, the world’s largest analytics conference, with more than 30,000 business and IT users of SAS software participating on-site and online.