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Intel, SAS Make Business Intelligence Mobile Throughout the Enterprise

CARY, N.C. & SANTA CLARA, Calif., – Sept. 29, 2003 – Intel Corporation and SAS, the leader in business intelligence and analytic software, today announced a joint effort to help users expand business intelligence throughout the enterprise, using technology from SAS running on Intel-based clients and servers via the Intel® Itanium® 2 processor and Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology.

This new effort will employ guidelines from Intel’s Mobilized Software Initiative to extend the benefits of the SAS® Intelligence Architecture. With wireless connectivity, the intelligence that SAS extracts from customer information can be used when and where it is needed, regardless of network connection status, thus moving decision making closer to customer interaction points and allowing users to make faster, better informed decisions with confidence.

"As organizations strive for increased profitability and growth, the pressure is on to provide faster, better information to decision makers. SAS and Intel have long enjoyed a strong relationship and this expanded facet will continue to produce the best technology benefiting the end customers with faster access to SAS capabilities using the latest Intel based technology," said Keith Collins, chief technology officer at SAS. "This means more people will have faster access to information at a lower cost. As part of the effort, we have extended the term of the joint SAS Intel Advanced Research Center located at SAS headquarters in Cary, N.C., for another two years. This will continue to assure our joint customers of the best technology integration."

Intel's Mobilized Software Initiative applies architectural concepts similar to offline-networked messaging to a broader range of applications. This allows many more solutions to be used productively, regardless of the status of the network connection. SAS and Intel are working together to apply these concepts in four categories:

Offline data management – To provide a consistent user experience allowing business users to continue working and be productive even when disconnected.
Seamless connectivity – To dynamically manage changes in network connection types, providing the optimal connection without requiring user intervention.
Multiple platforms – To allow applications using standards like XML to run on virtually any operating environment.
Power and performance management – To conserve battery life and deliver optimal computation and I/O performance without the need for power cords or network cables.
"The demands of the modern business environment are requiring companies to improve the performance, mobility and scalability of their installed enterprise computing infrastructure," said Mike Fister, senior vice president, Intel Enterprise Products Group. "SAS and Intel, working together, have brought business analytics to a new level with this combination of business intelligence, processing power and mobile decision making."

SAS delivers business intelligence through the unique SAS Intelligence Architecture, an integrated suite of analytic applications and technology solutions. The Intelligence Architecture is the foundation for seamlessly integrating SAS into any organization, regardless of computing environment. It provides a single, cohesive platform for transforming data from any source into intelligence that drives confident decisions.

SAS’ business intelligence solutions take advantage of the SAS Intelligence Architecture to deliver accurate, consolidated enterprise information. When supplemented by the mobility and power of Intel Centrino Mobile Technology and Intel Itanium 2 processors, SAS and Intel are delivering great value to the customer. As Janet Heslop’s researchers at the Cornell Institute of Social and Economic Research recently found, they could "not only speed through data analysis faster but ask questions they couldn’t ask before." With Intel’s wireless technology, they can also access this data anytime, anywhere.