The SAS Institute has based its software services operations in Pune, India.
“India is a logical choice because the intellectual capital is phenomenal,” said André Boisvert, president of the SAS Institute. “There are 280,000 IT professionals in India and this is forecast to grow to 2.2 million by 2008. In addition there is an ever-increasing strength in trade relations between India and the United States.”
The focus of SAS Global Services (SGS) will be in providing R&D, applications development, consulting, and training to internal organisations, customers and partners. Vivek Gokarn, director of operations in India, reports to SGS general manager, Hari Gupta, who is based at SAS’ worldwide corporate offices in Cary, North Carolina, USA.
Keith Collins, senior vice-president at SAS said: “There is an acute shortage of trained IT professionals worldwide and we are fortunate to be able to call upon SAS Global Services to address our own growth needs.”
SAS is a leader in eIntelligence software and services, turning raw data into usable knowledge. Products from SAS, the world’s largest privately-held software company, are used at more than 35,000 business, government and university sites in 110 countries.