The very model of a modern data platform
Data scientists have a tough job as it is, which is why they require a strong and effective analytics platform on which to work. Kelly Lu, a specialist in advanced analytics and artificial intelligence at SAS, unpacks the fundamentals such a platform should offer.
Nov 15, 2019
Collaborative, technology-based approach needed to beat fraud
The high rate of economic fraud in SA can be reduced by businesses adopting a holistic, collaborative and technology-based approach.
Nov 4, 2019
Are hybrid AI implementations the answer?
Open source and proprietary artificial intelligence implementations offer benefits and disadvantages, says SAS.
Oct 7, 2019
Future-proof your people
Artificial intelligence presents enterprises with both an opportunity and a challenge, says Akesh Lalla, country manager, SAS South Africa.
Sep 27, 2019
Operationalising AI and analytics in real world environments
SAS understands how important the `smart city' concept is, so it looked to the urban environment as a way to compose an example of taking AI and analytics into the real world.
Jun 10, 2019
Key industries must evolve to survive in the analytics economy
The significant impact analytics has had on a wide variety of market sectors in recent times suggests this is fast becoming one of the key requirements in business planning, regardless of industry.
Mar 13, 2019
New trends driving greater adoption of analytics
The adoption of analytics is increasing significantly, driven by a wide range of factors, encompassing everything from AI and open source to the soon-to-launch local cloud data centres.
Mar 4, 2019
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Dec 13, 2018

Solving problems through greater diversity

The shortage of senior female professionals in the IT space has been noted before, but remains a concern in the present, despite much ado having been made of the situation in the past.

Constant learning is key to a successful data science career
Graduates today need to be aware that the speed of technological change is such that they will need to learn new skills and take additional courses throughout their career, if they are to remain relevant.
Nov 22, 2018
Analytics is key to reducing money-laundering crimes
Since banks are the first and last line of defence when it comes to identifying money-laundering transactions, they need the right tools, in the form of advanced analytics, to assist them.
Nov 6, 2018
How analytics and AI is changing business
Analytics is a key part of today's digital economy. With AI now making it possible to analyse increasingly vast quantities of information at very rapid speeds, enterprises today can do even more with their data.
Oct 30, 2018
Bridging the gender gap
There are many moral reasons for seeking to bring more women into the data sciences, but there is also a very good business reason: they offer something different.
Oct 1, 2018
Graduates need to understand the tools industry uses
While open source analytics programs are effective in an academic environment, corporates want graduates who also understand how to use the sophisticated enterprise technologies that are required by business.
Aug 20, 2018
It's time to start producing graduates that business can use
There's a disconnect between what universities teach and what industry needs, says Murray de Villiers, senior manager: Global Academic Programmes at SAS.
Aug 8, 2018
How we found the best place on earth
A SAS project designed to demonstrate the abilities of advanced analytics and machine learning has determined, thanks to a range of carefully weighted variables, where people would most like to live.
Aug 2, 2018
Tomorrow's talent: it's all in the data
How AI and analytics is helping to create the skills index that will be used to determine future generations of football stars.
Jul 10, 2018
Adopting the right technology is critical to success
Banks across Africa face many compliance and risk challenges, but the implementation of an effective Risk and Finance Platform can help them to stay relevant in a rapidly changing market.
May 17, 2018
Data analytics provides an answer to POPI challenges
As the POPI Act looms, businesses are trying to straddle the line between data mining and data protection.
Mar 7, 2018
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Feb 16, 2018

Vital role analytics can play in Cape Town as Day Zero approaches

Advanced analytics can assist in both curbing excessive usage by citizens and identifying structural failures leading to the loss of water.

More effective credit risk scoring for Africa
Charles Nyamuzinga, Risk Consultant at SAS, says regulators are becoming more stringent on governance and control issues around methodologies and data that banks use to develop the credit scoring models, and to determine how much capital they need to cover future losses.
Dec 15, 2017
Using analytics to overcome IFRS 9 challenges
Charles Nyamuzinga, Risk Consultant at SAS says effectively, IFRS 9 demands that accounting statements provide a more accurate view of a bank's financial situation, by bringing the impairment methodology used within finance closer to the risk processes employed in expected loss calculations under the Basel regime.
Dec 15, 2017
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Nov 27, 2017

How analytics is winning the fight against cancer

Aneshan Ramaloo, Senior Business Solutions Manager at SAS, points out that when it comes to dealing with chronic diseases, there are also numerous proactive ways of using analytics.

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Nov 27, 2017

Delivering a new level of customer experience

David Cosgrave, Customer Intelligence Lead: EMEA South at SAS, says regardless of your industry, customers will compare you to modern CX leaders, like Amazon and Uber.

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Nov 27, 2017

Obtaining customer data for analysis - in a hassle-free manner

Online retailers gain access to a wide variety of electronic data about customers, each time these clients visit their website. In order to best utilise this information and improve their services, retailers need to understand that there are effectively two types of customers - those that are known quantities, and those that are unknown.says David Cosgrave, Customer Intelligence Practice Lead: EMEA South at SAS.

How analytics can take the 'black' out of Black Friday
David Cosgrave, Customer Intelligence Practice Lead: EMEA South at SAS says it should be remembered that while the Black Friday sales are an extremely busy time for retailers, it is an equally busy period for consumers.
Nov 27, 2017
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Feb 3, 2017

SAS Appoints Riad Gydien to Senior Regional Vice President in Europe

SAS has promoted Riad Gydien into a Senior Regional Vice President role.

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Aug 30, 2016

Enabling business across borders

Razel Mushiana, GM: SAS Rest of Africa?posits that the key to business success is the ability to form strong partnerships.

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Aug 5, 2016

The power of sentiment analysis for the public service

In an age of near ubiquitous communication platforms, big data, and advanced analytic capabilities, sentiment analysis of social media holds huge potential for both private business and the public service.

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Jan 18, 2016

SAS overhauls global partner programme

SAS is focusing on competencies, specialisations and certifications aims to drive ROI for partners and customers.

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Jan 13, 2016

'Tis the season for insurance fraud

The volume of insurance claims increases during December and January along with the number of fraudulent claims.

Making a business case for advanced analytics
On 7 September 2015, the South African rand hit a record low, trading at R14.01 to the dollar as business confidence dropped to its lowest level since 2011 and economists warned that the country could be headed for a recession.
Dec 15, 2015
Maximising data resources to protect water resources
South Africa is a water scarce country. With average annual rainfall of 450mm - compared to a global average of 870mm - the country is ranked the 30th driest in the world.
Dec 15, 2015
SAS celebrates 20 years in South Africa
SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, celebrates its 20th anniversary in South Africa this year, and notes the move from linear to exponential growth it has witnessed both as a company and in the industry since opening its doors on 1 January 1996.
Dec 14, 2015
African businesses get serious about advanced data analytics
African businesses are starting to realise that advanced data analytics is no longer a nice to have.
Dec 11, 2015
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Sep 22, 2015

Can advanced analytics save the Springboks?

Was it possible to predict the Springboks' poor performance using advanced analytics? Craig Stephens?thinks so.

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Aug 3, 2015

Painting a picture with data

Visual data analytics presents data in a way that is visual, easy to understand, fosters collaboration and supports mobility, says Greaterman Nkomo.