In June 2020, SAS and Microsoft formed a partnership under which Microsoft became the preferred cloud provider for SAS' analytics tools, it then let the vendors focus on joint go-to market strategy.

Due to unstable economy, enterprise customers are getting unwilling to big expenditures. Keeping this in mind, SAS has made its Viya analytics suite available on Microsoft Azure marketplace and to let the enterprise users access the suite in a pay-as-you-go model.

Viya on the Azure Marketplace gives enterprises the option to run the suite with a single click and in a pay-as-you-go model. These options can be the best way to overcome any negative impacts in your business around any economic uncertainty in the future.

SAS Viya is one of the most comprehensive analytics platforms on the market today. It provides 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.

Another reason to put SAS Viya suite available on Azure marketplace is the growing trend to buy software directly from marketplaces rather than from vendors. The main factor driving the popularity of software marketplaces was the presence of peer reviews in their user interface.

Get Comprehensive Access and Broad Language Support

SAS Viya is designed to enhance analytics access across an organization, and increase productivity and allow users to collaborate seamlessly. Users will get 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.

This platform offers both programming and low-or-no-code options that allow all kinds of users to take advantage of best-in-class AI. It allows data scientists to write code using their language of choice with the support of both SAS and open-source languages including Python and R.

Continued Partnership with Microsoft

According to SAS, the launch of Viya on Azure Marketplace is an extension of the strategic partnership it announced with Microsoft in June 2020. That partnership was built on SAS integrations across Microsoft cloud solutions for Azure, and was intended to enable enterprises to migrate their analytical workloads to the cloud, with Azure as SAS' preferred cloud provider. Viya's pay-as-you-go version of the marketplace attracts smaller customers in contrast to its current customer base of large banks and other firms.

Every company needs to attract new customers, and it's a clear effort by SAS to make it easier for customers to start small with something that they can deploy themselves.

Ongoing Commitment to Customer Success

The ongoing commitment to cloud and AI innovation is critical to our customers' success- whether they have to build simple reports or develop advanced AI solutions to answer critical business solutions. 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.

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. The partnership of SAS and Microsoft and its achievement of partner of the year award recognizes partners for demonstrating innovation and implementation excellence.

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence.

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