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SAS gives a hand to grow Singapore’s talent pool in BI and analytics

Zafar Anjum | June 5, 2012
Collaborates with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore to launch a new business intelligence and analytics programme in the country

SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, announced a new business intelligence and analytics programme to help meet a surge in demand for business analytics talent in Singapore on 31 May.

The analytics firm said in a statement that the training programme is a result of its collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) to provide aspiring business analytics graduates with the skillsets necessary to gain a competitive edge in the world of big data.

Under this programme, SAS will provide training opportunities for fresh infocomm graduates in analytics, business intelligence and data integration to fully equip them with the skills demanded in roles such as data analysts and data integration developers.

"Besides encouraging the adoption of data analytics by businesses, IDA is also working with the industry to set up innovation centres to pilot emerging business analytics technologies and catalyse development of business analytics products and services," said Senior Director of Industry Development Group, Andrew Khaw, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. "To support these developments, a strong base of infocomm talent is necessary. IDA is therefore encouraged that SAS has come onboard the Company-led Training Programme for Fresh Professionals (CLT) to fast-track fresh infocomm professionals to take on specialist-level roles in this area."

The SAS programme is expected to benefit up to 10 fresh graduates, and is one piece of the company's broader efforts in education, said the analytics company in a statement.

"By garnering expertise in business analytics, participants in this new training program will gain a competitive edge in the workforce and enter one of today's most attractive fields," said Bill Lee, Managing Director of SAS Singapore.

Since 1998, SAS has provided scholarships to 50 students in Singapore, and aims to reach 100 students by 2014.

Also, the company is currently sponsoring three student scholarships under IDA's National Infocomm Scholarship programme. In a typical year, the company takes on an average of 10 interns, many of whom go on to pursue careers in business analytics at SAS and its customers.


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