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SAS has announced a major commitment to generative AI. At the base will be Microsoft Azure OpenAI in addition to SAS technology.

The announcement takes center stage during the Explore tech conference, which Techzine is attending. SAS and Microsoft have been working together for quite some time. During that time, Azure has even been named the preferred cloud provider. So that good relationship between the tech vendors will now be built upon.

“We know SAS excels in industry solutions with a wide variety of expertise, and we’re excited to expand our partnership with this emerging technology,” said Brad Carlstedt, Global Director of Partner Development at Microsoft. “By leveraging Azure OpenAI technology, we’ll be able to help global enterprises increase productivity and the confidence of their developer teams.”

Generative AI productivity

SAS calls the ability to create conversational experiences from large data sets the power of large language models. At the same time, LLMs are not designed to integrate quantitative computation from enterprise systems. That’s exactly what SAS and Microsoft want to address.

To this end, they will develop an integration that combines the scale of Microsoft Azure OpenAI with the existing analytics companies use with SAS, with the goal of supporting operational decision making.

The private preview of the integration will be available by the end of this year.

Tip: Trustworthy AI starts before the first line of code