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SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure delivers 204% ROI

by Helen J. Wolf
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The Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study shows that organizations using cloud-based analytics and data management software SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure can achieve a 204% return on investment over three years.

Forrester Consulting’s research highlights the value of customers’ investments in SAS Viya on Azure, including millions of dollars in present net worth and a 14-month payback period.

Forrester interviewed nine decision-makers at six customer organizations using SAS Viya on Azure to understand their investment’s benefits, costs, and risks.

Clients came from various industries, including government, manufacturing, financial services, professional IT services, and banking.

SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure delivers 204% ROI

The study found before the implementation of SAS Viya on Azure, The interviewees noted that barriers to data access and disparate data sources made building, deploying, and managing AI models difficult and time-consuming. They also faced other issues, including the inefficiencies and high costs of the on-premises analytics infrastructure.

However, after using SAS Viya on Azure, the interviewees met these challenges and saw an improvement in overall productivity and performance, the study said.

The interviewees found faster time-to-market for analytical insights, improved modeling and testing activities, and cost savings from no longer using on-premises analytics infrastructure.

According to customers, the study says that with a strong risk-adjusted aggregate value of these benefits over three years, the investment plays a key role in improved organizational decision-making and overall success.

SAS executive vice president and chief information officer Jay Upchurch say many organizations are currently experiencing obstacles from data to decisions.

“Our strategic partnership with Microsoft aims to simplify this process to improve trusted decisions and accelerate innovation,” he says.

“This research demonstrates that together we deliver on our promise and tremendous value to our customers, including cost reduction, increased time-to-value, and improved productivity for data scientists and analysts across all industries.”

Since SAS and Microsoft announced a partnership in 2020, they have continued to find new ways to meet the cloud migration needs of joint customers.

This includes using streaming IoT data and advanced analytics to maintain the integrity of the COVID-19 vaccine to fast, personalized customer service based on real-time analytics.

SAS says the two companies have also launched a range of new industry-specific services, such as SAS Cloud for Intelligent Planning as part of the Microsoft Cloud for Retail and SAS for Improved Manufacturing Quality for the Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing.

SAS Event Stream Processing, Azure IoT Edge, and Azure IoT Hub to respond to real-time insights SAS Intelligent Decisioning with Power Automate to empower business decisions SAS Model Manager with Azure Machine Learning, which removes barriers organizations face as they deploy more AI models put into production.

Alvaro Celis, vice president of global commercial solutions for ISV, says SAS Viya on Azure gives customers better insights with less time, cost, and complexity to accelerate time-to-value.

“It allows Azure customers to address their most critical “analytics challenges to drive innovation,” he says.

SAS says the full findings of the TEI investigation” will be shared on May 18 at a SAS and Microsoft webinar with guest speakers from Forrester.

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