Analytics referenced as SAS’ core strength, highlighting high-performance capabilities
Business analytics powerhouse SAS was named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Credit Risk Analytics Solutions 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report studied both capabilities and business strategies of credit risk software vendors. Of note this year, the IDC MarketScape included buyer perspective on the overall value delivered by vendors. Comments addressed the intelligence SAS provides to its clients alongside the company’s character and experience.
“As a leading credit risk analytics vendor in the IDC MarketScape, SAS combines in-house with packaged capabilities, plus credit risk offerings supporting retail, commercial, and capital management necessary for tactical, operational, and strategic data-driven decisions,” said Michael Versace, Global Research Director, IDC Financial Insights. “SAS provides out-of-the box capabilities with in-house custom models configurable by risk analysts and statistical modelers. Their market expertise provides a risk-specific data model that is prepackaged with a series attributes required by a financial institution to analyse credit risk.”
SAS’ core strength
Analytic-based decision-making, according to the IDC MarketScape, is SAS’ core strength. SAS® credit risk solutions take “advantage of the latest advanced analytics platform based on high performance options like grid computing and in-database and in-memory processing to solve big data problems.” SAS’ integrated approach provides valuable enterprise risk functions that segment customers for a performance management program, delivering an efficient, accurate and transparent process to support regulatory credit risk measures.
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The IDC MarketScape commended SAS for making “headway to fully support credit risk approaches for the Basel Accord,” and for customer credit modelling – both internal and regulatory – to address Basel III and other country-based regulations such as CCAR in the US.
Customer satisfaction from long-term relationship
Customers “expressed a level of satisfaction expected from a long-term relationship with SAS,” according to the IDC MarketScape report. Clients also referenced the “depth of business and analytics knowledge, drawn from years in the field,” and “proactive, open communications between SAS, partners, and the customers.” Along with pure technical capabilities, the IDC MarketScape calls these leading attributes.
“Regulator and business demands are placing pressure on banks to improve their credit risk analytics, with a particular focus on credit decisions,” said Dale Stevens, Head of Risk, SAS UK & Ireland. “An integrated, end-to-end platform with advanced data management and high performance analytics helps reduce both model creation timeframes and financial losses caused by operational errors.”