Business analytics software and service organisation, SAS Institute, has selected IT solution provider, Datacentrix, as a software reseller and professional services partner for its Visual Analytics solution.

According to Derek Dreyer, partner development executive at SAS Institute South Africa, the appointment was made based on Datacentrix’ focused service and solutions-oriented approach and strong commercial client base.

“SAS Institute has been on an amplified growth strategy for the past 18 months and has found that one of the best methods of rapid advancement is through partnering with mutually aligned companies. While traditionally as an organisation we worked directly with end user companies, we have found that this new strategy – with its focus on improving efficiencies and setting good growth targets – aligns itself better to a partnership model, operating through sales and services-driven partners like Datacentrix.”

Dreyer maintains that Datacentrix’ service and solutions-oriented approach was a good match for SAS.

“We needed a partner that was focused on the provision of integrated solutions rather than ‘product’, and that also had the expertise necessary to deliver the highest level of services. Furthermore, SAS is planning to aggressively penetrate the local SMME market, a space in which Datacentrix has a strong foothold.”

Dayalan Naidoo, BI/ analytics business development manager at Datacentrix, explains that the organisation was looking for a business intelligence and analytics solution that would allow it to further develop this side of its business.

“Through Datacentrix’ partnership with SAS Institute, we will now be able to make available a solution that not only harnesses the renowned SAS analytics abilities, but is also easy-to-use, visually appealing, and can be fully deployed in less than four weeks. This means that users of all skill levels can gain insight from any size of data.”

Naidoo explains that, in addition, this solution provides immediate benefit realisation and is cost effective with a flexible pricing model.

“By joining forces with SAS, Datacentrix can provide a one-stop service for clients, selling a fully packaged, shrink-wrapped business intelligence and analytics solution that incorporates hardware, software and services,” he says.