Far too often, we get caught up in the discourse of placing data and analytics as a tool for businesses and other revenue-generating institutions. While the businesses and the private sector, in general, are valuable components of modern society, one thing we cannot ignore is the value analytics presents to the public sector. This is where the powerful application of SAS software for government analytics can play a big role.
Why? Well, for starters, no matter where you are or what type of government institution you operate within, data has the ability to add tremendous volumes of value to even your most basic function. Given that the public sector is, by far, one of the largest segments in operation, it comprises many sub-segments that oversee several vital functions. From healthcare provision to security and criminal justice to meet the needs of citizens and much more, the public sector has many institutions that could benefit significantly from analytics leveraged via powerful platforms like SAS software for government.
For purposes of this blog, however, we focus on two specific institutional areas where SAS software for government analytics can play a big role – citizen service provision and healthcare.
As governments are increasingly forced to move down the path of greater transparency and visibility, access to information is a topic that is frequently discussed. Access to information isn’t just important for purposes of transparency – it also helps in cost reduction and savings. With SAS software, governments and their institutions will have unprecedented access to a wide array of data points.
In addition to this, during the era of data breach upon data breach, data security is a major concern for many. After all, what good is data if you cannot control whether or not it is used in a malicious manner. Via powerful software offered by SAS, data security is something that organisations can bank on.
Finally, while there are many platforms available that streamline analytics processes, very few offer the ease of integration that SAS software does. With the ability to easily integrate with a plethora of systems, whether existing, on-premise, or cloud-based, SAS’ powerful analytics platform provides unparalleled versatility.
By combining this unique mix of comprehensive access to information, strong security controls, and easy integration, governments and other institutions benefit significantly from SAS software.
With population levels at historical highs (this trend is expected to continue), governments are under incredible pressure when it comes to effectively providing state-driven services. Additionally, as the political landscape is continuously shifting, leaders need access to information that provides insight into where public perception is, which they can then use to drive policy.
Comprehensive data on demographic, citizen requirements and other trends allow lawmakers the ability to drive specific services to regions that need them the most. Gone are the days when institutions needed to depend on months worth of painstaking surveys and, often, erroneous data. Today, with SAS software, governments can access data in real-time to fully gauge where they need to be focusing on.
This level of foresight allows decision-makers access to insights that could serve as precursors or early indicators of potential challenges – giving them the opportunity to be proactive as opposed to being reactive to crises.
While medicine is in a state of continuous improvement, with new treatments being researched and developed every day, the enhancements are met with rising costs – especially when it comes to providing healthcare to the public. If unplanned, healthcare programs could lose millions of dollars and have very little impact, which is why analytics-driven approaches are so vital.
With SAS software, decision-makers will have access to a wealth of information that divulges where healthcare is required the most, where the disparities lie, and what specific requirements are needed by certain demographics. By leveraging this scale of visibility, healthcare administrators will be able to uphold the highest levels of transparency by sharing region-specific information with the public – thereby ensuring greater public trust and faith in the healthcare system.
Analytics platforms like SAS also pave the way for powerful investigative capabilities that include the rapid detection of fraudulent, wasteful, and abusive activity. These insights play a pivotal role in reducing the number of improper and fraudulent payments issues, which can total millions of dollars every year in certain facilities.
As governments continue to rely on more data points over time, powerful platforms like SAS will play a major role in making sure they are generating the right insights. To complement this, support SAS services in the form of administration, installation, and hosting services are equally beneficial because they give institutions that lack in-house expertise access to teams of SAS experts who can support all SAS configuration and management tasks.
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With SAS software paving the way as one of the world’s leading analytics platforms, many organisations are experiencing unprecedented benefits from the data they are collating. From strengthening visibility into employee performance to product/service movement analytics to supporting anti-fraud/AML initiatives, SAS software has streamlined organisational analytics like never before. To complement this powerful analytics platform, many organisations, and the administrators within them, are turning to SAS services as a means of further optimising their analytics.
As a leading provider of SAS services, we’ve helped many of our clients using SAS software in a multitude of ways – from SAS installation services to SAS administration services to SAS hosting services (both SAS 9.4 and SAS Viya). Our team of experts builds on the already formidable SAS platform and helps organisations make the most of their analytics. Remember, having access to a powerful data and analytics platform is only the first step. You need to know how to use this data in a manner that can drive value. That’s where SAS services come into play.
In this blog, we run through 4 incredibly game-changing insights you can expect to experience by leveraging the right SAS services provider.
This probably seems obvious but one of the biggest benefits of using SAS services, especially ones like our SAS administration services, is that organisations will gain insights into all the data they are now privy too – thanks to their powerful SAS software. Having too much data without knowing how to use/view it can be as useless as not having it all.
By leveraging SAS services, an organisation would be able to connect the data insights they gain via their SAS analytics platform with experts who will be able to instruct them on the best ways to funnel and use these insights. SAS services and experts will be able to identify previously unnoticed trends within your data, which could potentially drive a lot of value to an organisation. The result? Organisations will get to understand their inner workings better than ever before!
In today’s data-driven world, customers are aware of all the marketing noise that’s out there and no longer respond to generic messaging that they once may have responded to. The most successful organisations in today’s landscape are those who are able to reach customers in ways that matter and appeal to them the most. Using data to achieve this is one of the best ways to go about this.
To make sure you’re getting the right insights, however, you’ll need the help of expert SAS services and consultants, who’d be able to show you key customer behavioural trends that will shed light into the best ways of engaging them.
Does your customer make purchases every quarter? Is there a specific product/service type they prefer? Your data, if funnelled correctly, will help you identify all this and more – allowing you to focus on specific groups while tailoring your messaging accordingly.
Unfortunately, the more data-driven we’ve become as a society, the more vulnerable we are to external and criminal threats. Countless organisations all around the world have fallen victim to activities with criminal intent, resulting in losses reaching millions of dollars. Consequently, to combat these threats, many organisations spend an equivalent amount in adopting preventative technologies and measures. From infrastructure costs to testing and development, fraud prevention systems can be very expensive.
Fortunately, by using all that data and information flowing into your SAS environment, you’ll be able to identify suspicious activity as it is happening in real-time and prioritise your investigations accordingly. Gone are the days where you need to be reactive as opposed to proactive. Expert SAS services and consultants will provide you with the necessary direction/insights you need to successfully achieve this.
With businesses operating in both versatile and volatile environments, the value of good decision-making cannot be overstated. Many organisations are aware of the value of data-backed decisions but one thing we see quite often is that, often times, the wrong data is used. For businesses that use SAS software, SAS services can be incredibly useful in helping them segment their customers/clients into specific groups, identify expenses and where they’re making losses, and foreseeing how future trends may play out.
Collectively, these insights can help business leaders make the right decisions that deliver the most value?
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Over the years technology and analytics giant, SAS, has supported and catered to the various needs of organisations across multiple industries. From aviation to insurance to education, and healthcare, SAS services have delivered game-changing insights to many. Data and analytics for any organisation across any segment, irrespective of size, have proven to be a vital tool.
This is especially true as organisations and their leaders continue to navigate the testy waters of the modern digital business landscape. The healthcare sector, in particular, is one segment that comprises many organisations continuously engaging with analytics and data, on a global scale. In most cases, the benefits of this endeavour are very clear.
That begs the question – what exactly is the value of leveraging analytics and SAS software services – especially in the healthcare sector? What changes have taken place? How have organisations benefited from this? In the following sections, we outline a few ways data and analytics, leveraged through avenues like SAS services, have benefit organisations in the healthcare sector.
As the number of patients a typical hospital sees increases every year, efficiency and effectiveness of treatment delivery become paramount. Analytics has played a huge role on this front – providing healthcare organisations with insights and visibility into their services that were previously unavailable.
By using the predictive analytics capabilities built into software and leveraging SAS services, like our SAS admin services, healthcare organisations can easily identify optimal treatment methods. By doing so, each individuals patient stands to benefit from having a truly tailored and analytics-based treatment strategy.
In addition to providing patients with the most optimal and personalised treatment options, hospitals and other healthcare organisations can use these boundless insights to plan staffing and resource allocation across all their sites. Only one analytics platform is capable of providing these insights and by combining this software with the very best SAS services, healthcare organisations stand to benefit in unprecedented ways.
Cost management and per-patient costs are becoming increasingly important as costs skyrocket each year. Maintaining insights over expenditure is, therefore, a priority for any healthcare organisation – at least it should be! With SAS software, organisations in the healthcare sector are now leveraging highly informative insights that have allowed them to significantly improve cost management.
Transparency and awareness of what the actual costs of delivering healthcare are a byproduct of SAS services and software. This is why many organisations that use the analytics platform often point to having a competitive advantage over other organisations. With the ability to track and monitor every single activity that takes place in a hospital, for example, managers and administrators can identify where costs are highest and how they can be mitigated.
Built-in modelling and diverse analyses allow healthcare establishments to conveniently assess cost-effectiveness and profitability through a centralised system. The result? A far more efficient and effective care delivery establishment that is set up to provide patients with the best care available.
Whether you run a healthcare establishment based on a revenue-generation model or you’re looking for cost-alleviating opportunities, SAS services combined with SAS software will prove to be game-changing.
Visualisation is one of the often touted benefits of analytics. The very first thing that comes to mind for many when the word “analytics” is mentioned is the idea of colourful graphical representations. It’s important to look beyond this though – preferably when you’re talking about SAS software.
With this powerful analytics platform in place and with the assistance of expert SAS services, organisations can leverage sleek dashboards that provide a consistent view of all organisational data. The user-friendly and highly functional interface allows users to make sense of the massive volumes of data coming through in a matter of minutes. By combining your insightful SAS software with the insights from the right SAS services, your organisation would benefit from intelligent analytics. Remember, having the right software in place is only the first step – you also need the right SAS services to help you setup your environment, administer it and leverage the right hosting solution (9.4 or Viya).
If you’d like to know more about our SAS installation, administration, and hosting services, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, as an official SAS Resell Partner, we can help set you up with the right SAS software for your establishment. In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to this feed for the latest SAS and analytics-related news!
SAS provides a wide array of analytics platforms, applications, and services that can significantly transform the insights organisations gain access to and how they operate. Across the world, SAS software is being leveraged by countless organisations and many of these services are being facilitated by SAS’ vast network of SAS software partners. Among the key service offerings that many organisations rely on to get their SAS environment up and running are SAS installation services.
Why is this so important? Simply put, SAS installation services are essential for businesses that have recently purchased any one of the many SAS software applications. SAS installation services can either be facilitated by SAS directly or by one of its strategic partners spread out across the globe. As a SAS Silver Partner, we too have the unique privilege of working with SAS to provide countless organisations across Australia and other parts of the world with the very best services – this includes SAS installation services.
For starters, Selerity has been in operation for a decade and is bolstered by a team of experts that possess many years of experience in architecting and deploying all kinds of SAS software for all types of environments – catering to business both large and small. From our Managing Director, Michael, who worked in SAS Australia for many years, to our implementation and installation personnel, we are proud to have a team of SAS qualified experts that are up-to-date and well-versed in the latest SAS technologies.
Our SAS installation services are designed to cater to all types of business with all kinds of requirements. We understand that the modern landscape of doing business – both locally and globally – requires organisations to leverage a wide array of platforms and services, both in-house and in the cloud. This is why our installation services are able to facilitate anything from setting up a single server Office Analytics environment to a distributed Visual Analytics environment to a complex Grid environment – no matter what your needs may be, our installation services can take care of them for you.
What’s even better with our specialised SAS installation services is that in addition to our fixed options, which you can read about here, we also facilitate customised installation services that are dedicated to addressing an organisation’s specific needs – big or small. Our team understands that not every business within a given industry is identical in how they leverage their analytics, which is why our team commits to working with such organisations and their staff in helping them figure out the best and most optimal way of leveraging their SAS environment.
All of our clients, irrespective of their chosen SAS installation service, are provided with a dedicated account manager whose sole responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation and function of the services provided. To support these dedicated account managers, our previously-mentioned extended team of SAS experts are ready to step in, should the need arise.
As we’ve already highlighted, Selerity’s SAS installation services are diverse and capable of catering to the various needs of organisations. The service offering is divided into three specific segments – SAS Installation Services for a Remote Single Server Environment, Installation Services for an On-Site Singler Server Environment, and SAS Installation Service for a Remote/On-Site Custom Environment. The illustration below specifies this categorisation of services in detail.
All three services will facilitate complete SAS software installation of the respective applications purchased by the organisation. Additionally, all organisations leveraging our services will gain access to our complementary SAS Hot Fix Analysis service, SAS Lev1 configuration, and initial environment tuning. What’s unique about the remote single server installation service is that it is available to organisations all around the world – not just in Australia (where our core team is based). Clients who are interested in our customised installation services can also benefit from remote installation, however, this is dependent on their specific requirements.
With a decade’s worth of experiencing operating as a SAS partner, in addition to countless years of shared SAS experience among our team members, our position as a SAS installation services provider both here in Australia and beyond is constantly being leveraged by many organisations. Through our services and our role as a Silver partner, we have enabled several of our clients to benefit from significant savings – sometimes in the range of millions of dollars. If you would like to know more about our SAS installation services, our company and our work with SAS, in addition to how you can leverage our other SAS administration and hosting services, feel free to reach out to us or stay tuned to this feed.
As a SAS Silver Partner, we work with many enterprises and organizations from a wide array of industries, spanning from the government to healthcare, insurance, and many more. SAS services offer organizations within each of these segments unique features and functionality that improve the overall visibility they have into their operations.
Higher education institutions, in particular, stand to benefit significantly from implementing SAS software – whether it’s in the form of a platform to educate students in their analytics programs or as a system that provides valuable insights into the overall operations of the institute.
In this blog, we highlight several aspects of SAS services that higher education institutions benefit from. Let’s start off with how SAS software can be used as an educational tool.
As much as SAS software is built and ready to help organisations gain insights immediately, it can also be very useful in helping universities and other institutions of higher education groom the next generation of data experts and analysts.
For example, the Melbourne Business School’s Master of Business Analytics program used Selerity’s services to architect, provision, and manage the entire analytics platform of the program. By utilising our services, the program was able to access a world-leading analytics platform, with the ability to be scaled up and down as required by the program administrators.
Given the cost-effectiveness of SAS, the relative ease of implementation/installation, and user-friendliness, we see SAS software being adopted across academic institutions around the world.
Stepping away from the topic of educational use, SAS software has industry-leading analytics capabilities that provide organisations with the ability to analyse key metrics. Given that most institutes of higher education depend on enrolment, understanding the trends and data behind their enrolment is critical. Why?
Understanding this data means that these institutions will be able to determine key insights such as the demographical characteristics of their students – where they are from, their gender, ethnicity, SAT scores, academic interests, and any other recorded metric. Having visual insights of this data will allow institutions to tailor their approaches to build on the positive trends and make adjustments to counteract negative trends.
With the existence of SAS partners, like Selerity, in place, installing and administrating this system anywhere in the world can be done seamlessly. As the world becomes more data-driven, decision-making processes of organisations like institutions of higher education will depend heavily on the insights generated via powerful SAS software.
Building on the topic of analytics, SAS software can do more than just provide instantaneous “in-the-moment” analytics. Many organisations and institutions use the software as a means of forecasting future trends in key areas like enrolment, which is the determining factor behind how successful and sustainable any academic institution will be moving forward.
Using SAS software and its crisp user interface, institutions can review past trends, compare them to existing trends, and determine the trajectory going forward. On the topic of enrolment, if a university or school notices a downward trend of students enrolling at the business school and a positive trend for students enrolling in the engineering school, administrators would know where greater attention is required. With additional data analysis, administrators will even be able to point to what is causing the downward trend – poor professor/lecturer scores and reviews, poor facility ratings. Data analytics through SAS would make all the difference.
Gone are the days where the one-size-fits-all mentality worked. Each organisation and institution is different in its own light and therefore the insights required by each one will also subsequently be different. This is especially true for institutes of higher education given the various differentiating features they have – focus of study (engineering, medicine, business, for example), level of education (vocational, undergraduate, post-graduate), and any other unique characteristic. This means that the level of data and analytics required by each institution would need to be different.
With SAS software in place, institutions will be able to build their own analytics portfolio via the system’s easy-to-use features that enable administrators to create insights on the fly, customised in a manner that is relevant to the institution. This remains one of SAS’ best and most sought-after features.