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Collaboration to support faster cloud transformation

18th June 2020
Lanna Cooper

KPMG and SAS have announced a plan to establish Cloud Acceleration Centres with specific focusses in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The organisations will work together to help accelerate the move to the Cloud for SAS clients. 

As a positive response to the current challenges faced by global organisations, the goal of these centres is to help companies navigate their journey to the cloud - from design and architecture to implementation - more cost effectively and with increased speed. The centres will be highly collaborative, tech-enabled environments that bring together multidisciplinary teams. They will look to support clients who have their own cloud environment as well as those who are employing other cloud-based managed services. 

While enabling organisations to prepare for the new post-COVID reality and be future-ready through use of the cloud, the deployment of a cloud-based SAS infrastructure will also enable clients to benefit from a number of readily available cloud solutions and managed services for accounting change, anti-money laundering, continuous monitoring for procurement integrity and SAS Model Manager on SAS Viya. 

These solutions can help clients derive better insights from their data to help combat fraud and mitigate risk, while also building, managing, deploying and governing analytics and AI to ensure that models are well understood and can be put into production more quickly.  

“An accelerated move to the cloud has become a necessity for many organisations; optimising and adapting business processes is a great opportunity to maximise the power of the cloud,” said Oliver Schabenberger, SAS Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer. “SAS and KPMG continue to work together to help our mutual clients make the most of this transformation.” 

“We’re excited to be expanding our global alliance with SAS,” said Christian Rast, Global Head of Technology and Knowledge for KPMG International. “With these centres, KPMG professionals can continue to help SAS clients to derive increased value from successfully moving to the cloud as well as drive improved collaboration that will enhance the current solution portfolio, which already includes solutions such as Procurement Integrity and Anti-Money laundering compliance that have been particularly helpful for organisations during the current pandemic. Additional advanced compliance solutions that are helping clients to meet regulatory requirements with increased speed and accuracy will also be prioritised.”  

Globally, KPMG has a network of more than 400 practitioners across the globe to support SAS clients with cloud transformation, underscoring a commitment to helping customers on their respective cloud journeys. 

The announcement is in conjunction with SAS Global Forum 2020, the analytics conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s conference is being held virtually.

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