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17 September 2012

SAS and Altran intensify cooperation

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SAS, one of the world’s biggest software manufacturers and Altran, the global leader for innovation and technology consultation will work together in future as strategic partners in the field of analytics in Germany. Both enterprises signed a corresponding cooperation agreement at the end of August.

A new dimension of analytics for industry

• Strategic partnership of the innovation and technology consultants Altran and the software manufacturer and analysis specialist SAS

• Jointly developed analysis solutions help optimise industry, product development, production and service as overall process

• Market potential in 3-figure millions of euros in industries such as automotive, air transport, energy, engineering or medical technology

Heidelberg/Frankfurt am Main, 17 September 2012. SAS, one of the world’s biggest software manufacturers and Altran, the global leader for innovation and technology consultation will work together in future as strategic partners in the field of analytics in Germany. Both enterprises signed a corresponding cooperation agreement at the end of August. Aims of the cooperation are joint development of solutions for production oriented analytics for the overall product cycle from product development, test and manufacture as far as maintenance and on to service concepts. SAS and Altran will combine the cross-sector technological expertise of the consultation company and the worldwide highest performing analytical platform in a joint analytics Competence Centre. IT analysts forecast for the industry in the field of analytics a market potential of up to 500 million euro up to 2015.

“In the service sector, analytics has already asserted itself as basis for data based decisions and control,” explains Wolf Lichtenstein, Senior Vice President for the Region DACH of SAS. „We are aware that the industry can also generate added value by means of analytics. For this it needs tailor-made industry solutions. That is exactly the reason we have concluded the cooperation with Altran. We are very pleased that we have managed to win the strongest partner in the market for this collaboration.“ Rüdiger Fox, Managing Director for Altran in Germany comments: „We envisage that the complexity of product and process development and the data volume associated with it will rise exponentially in the coming years, but that also quite new business models can develop. Mastering and utilising this complexity will in future be decisive for competitiveness. We are pleased to develop sustainable solutions for our customers by means of the leading analytical platform of SAS.“

By signing the contract in Heidelberg the companies have given the starting signal for a joint competence centre in which they develop together solutions for „Product Centric Analytics“ and advise customers.

Application examples for production oriented data analysis can be found in the various industries from automotive and engineering industries via aircraft up to the energy industry. By this means a car manufacturer can identify possible weak points more quickly, since he can analyse computed sensory data during development tests quicker than before. By means of evaluating operational data of aircraft engines or possibly large medical systems the operator identifies at an early stage and before breakdown those components which are in need of maintenance. In manufacture, analytical solutions help reduce the costs in the supply chain which is becoming more complicated. SAS and Altran have already cooperated in many joint projects for numerous years on behalf of renowned industrial corporations.

At this year’s SAS Forum Deutschland on 6 and 7 November in Mainz, the biggest conference for business analytics in Europe, SAS and Altran will present jointly their own thread on the theme of production oriented analytics.