Altron, SAS forge public sector deal

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Mteto Nyati, Altron group chief executive.
Mteto Nyati, Altron group chief executive.

JSE-listed Altron has partnered with US-based analytics software developer SAS to target the South African public sector with their offerings.

The companies believe the public sector can transform its data into intelligence through the application of analytic software and services.

A first for SAS in the South African market, this landmark partnership will see Altron establish a dedicated SAS business unit within its Bytes Systems Integration (Altron BSI) operation to sell and license SAS software to support the public and private sectors in industries such as financial services, retail, healthcare, education and revenue services.

Mteto Nyati, Altron group chief executive, says the strategic partnership between Altron and SAS will empower businesses to make informed decisions through analytics in critical areas of business, such as workforce management, detection of fraudulent payments, public safety information to keep watch on offender crime rates and patterns, immigration violations and the like.

"When data is correctly processed and analysed, it is possible to make predictions about behaviours, potential risks, fraud and likely outcomes, etc," says Nyati.

"For example, predictions made by means of an algorithm could be used to adjust the deployment of police services to address challenges of citizen safety and security in South Africa."

Desan Naidoo, SAS vice-president for Africa, comments: "Altron is a proudly South African company with an extensive customer base and deep local expertise. This partnership will enable us to deploy our solutions into the market with speed and agility, to help our customers transform their data into intelligence and insights.

"It also illustrates the synergies between us: we are the global leader in advanced data analytics, while data analytics is one of Altron's focus areas for growth as a business."

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