KUALA LUMPUR, 28 June 2007 – SAS, the worldâ€™s leading business intelligence (BI) software provider, today launched two academic-related programs in active response to MSC Malaysiaâ€™s call for more substantial efforts from ICT companies towards a knowledge-based economy.
The SAS Smart Placement Portal and SAS Certification Program announced in conjunction with the SAS Academician Day held at Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur demonstrates the companyâ€™s long-term commitment towards the academic fraternity, and is also in line with MSC Malaysiaâ€™s call for creating a solid knowledge-based group of ICT workers in the country.
Presently, SAS software syllabus is incorporated as part of the curriculum of 13 major universities in Malaysia.
Jim Goodnight the founder and CEO of SAS Institute says, â€œQuite a number of graduates are already familiar with the usage of SAS software, and the SAS Certification Program is intended to provide these graduates the means to further validate their SAS software skills, enhancing their credibility as technical professionals with relevant industry knowledge.â€
At the same time, taking into account the influx of SAS skilled workers who will be entering the workforce, SAS Malaysia has simultaneously launched the SAS Smart Placement Portal, an easy-to-use job portal specially designed to connect SAS-trained graduates with organizations using SAS software.
â€œWith corporations placing more importance on BI as the tool to stay ahead of their competitors, there is a clear demand for aptly trained, BI knowledge workers. The SAS Smart Placement Portal will help ensure the placement of the right SAS-skilled workers at these organizations in need of their contributions,â€ said Goodnight.
The SAS software (formerly known as â€œStatistical Analysis Software) was originally developed more than 30 years ago in 1976 by Jim Goodnight the founder and CEO of SAS Inc.
Goodnight, who was recently named as the latest member to the International Advisory Panel (IAP) for MSC Malaysia, is in Malaysia on his inaugural visit to the country for a meeting with the Prime Minister YAB Prime Minister, Datoâ€™ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
â€œTo produce a workforce for the 21st century, we need to help create innovative programs where intelligence is infused in every part of the curriculum and creativity is fostered in every discipline. The SAS accreditation programs will help produce a niche workforce that is skilled in analytics that knows how to use information effectively as a competitive edge to raise the performance of local organization to international levelsâ€, Goodnight said.
Multimedia Development Corporation CEO Datoâ€™ Badlisham Ghazali lauds SASâ€™s move, â€œThe launch of both the certification and portal clearly reflects SAS commitment to play its part to support the move to develop Malaysia into a centre for knowledge-based workers and talents.â€
â€œGoodnight is a veteran and knowledgeable guru in the field of BI and we hope he will continue to lend his vast experience and skills to further strengthen the development of MSC Malaysia and its vision to compete it a borderless world via K-Economy,â€ he adds.
Goodnight, a former professor with a doctorate in statistics from North Carolina University is a strong advocate of education as the way for corporate, industry and national progress.
â€œEducation is critical to the success of a person, organization and ultimately the nation. Aptly skilled individuals will eventually be the backbone of the business, so organizations should procure the right talents because creative employees are the ones who pioneer new technologies, give birth to new industries and power economic growth,â€ he ends.