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SAS goes to distribution with Arrow Electronics

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight

SAS Institute, which specializes in big data analytics software and services, has signed a distributor-managed reseller agreement with Arrow Electronics.

SAS is a global vendor, with more than 70,000 customer sites in nearly 140 countries, including 91 of the Fortune 100. As of now, SAS products and solutions will be available to customers worldwide through Arrow resellers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“SAS is enriching our portfolio with some of the most sophisticated analytical tools available,” said Mark Taylor, vice-president of enterprise servers, systems and software for Arrow, in a statement. “SAS solutions are the perfect addition to our existing big data and analytics software practice. Our solution providers are already finding exciting new ways to help customers create insights, solve complex problems, and make forward-looking decisions.”

It’s the first move by SAS to move its solutions through the distribution channel, as part of the vendor’s plans to grow its midmarket business and move more business through the channel.

“Arrow knows how to amplify the business value of SAS best-in-class solutions,” said Russ Cobb, SAS vice-president of marketing and alliances, in a statement. “They also understand their solution-provider community and how to position them for success in key markets. The combination of these service providers with Arrow and SAS will benefit our customers by giving them even more options for consuming SAS Analytics.”