Vol 2. ISSUE 05 Wednesday, 20 MAR 2013
North West University Launch The SAS Advanced Analytics Laboratory at North-West University was launched at a prestigious event in Potchefstroom on the 14th of March 2013. Through the center, students will have access to the Advanced Business Analytics course for post graduates. This will give them the skills to understand the role analytics can play, especially in businessâ€™s decision-making process and prepare them to become executives who can manage that function. This function can help companies to identify business issues and implement solutions two to four years faster. Representatives from SAS, NWU and the industry witnessed Riad Gydien cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the facilities. Riad commended NWU on taking the initiative to address the needs of industry, and in doing so, create exciting futures for our youth.
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ell us about yourself
Tumelo is an ambitious young man, very reserved, humble and shy, though he tends to talk too much when around people. He loves to laugh, so he is always joking around.
I love to hang around with friends, people close to me. I love playing video games. I am an indoors kind of person.
What words do you live by?
How has your experience been at SAS so far? Where do I begin?? SAS is a wonderful company to work for. The training, the education I am being offered is just amazing. I feel very fortunate to be here. I always learn something new everyday. SAS has broadened my thinking, I came here with Limited thoughts, with 1 specific career in mind but now I know I can follow a wide range of careers. You know you love what You do when you always looking forward to coming to work.
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What is your favourite thing to do when you are not at work?
“He who doesn’t make mistakes, doesn’t try new things” Albert Einstein
What three things are on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list. I do things spontaneously, don’t really have specific things I want to do but I would really love to go to THAILAND.
The recent SAS Press Releases include: SAS releases new version of Visual Analytics IT-Online The downside of big data ITWeb SAS brings Visual Analytics to South Africa ITWeb Mobility meets Business Intelligence BizTech Africa Mobility meets Business Intelligence My BroadBand SAS Visual Analytics is now available for work groups & midsize businesses My BroadBand SAS Visual Analytics is now available for South African work groups and midsize businesses Marketing Update
Direct Marketing Conference wishing you with Nathalie. the BEST birthday ever Nathalie attended the Direct Marketing Conference that took place in the first week of March at The Fairways Hotel and Spa. She spoke amongst speakers from FNB, IBM, Microsoft and ABSA, and presented on real time marketing – web personalization. The topic and content wowed the crowd, as many had not considered the acquisition potential on their websites and we also generated leads from the event.
• Musa • Craig • Zanele
SAS Wishes you a…
SAS Education South Africa - Making a Difference • SAS South Africa training rates are between 10% and 36% cheaper than our competitors’ rates • SAS e-Learning take-up has more than doubled over the past year as a result of a local “Green Initiative” launched last year • “Bums on Seat” volumes have more than doubled over the past 4 years on an unchanged
Education team headcount • Based on post course evaluations, 97% of SAS South Africa course attendees rate our instructors and course content as “meeting” or “exceeding” their expectations • SAS Education South Africa plays a significant role towards SAS’s BEE score by using only BEE compliant suppliers and sponsorship of our internal
and customer intern programs • SAS Education instructors are paving the way for the future by providing training to a large number of local and regional tertiary education and professional institutes and imbedding SAS as an integral part of their curriculums • SAS Education controls and processes achieved a clean financial audit in 2012
Veronica in Bali - Elite Sales Circle It was my utmost pleasure and privilege to be part of the SAS Elite Sales Circle held in Bali this year. There were over 230 SAS members who took over the Grand Hyatt resort in Bali. The resort was like holding a key to my slice of paradise. It is a world-class hotel with the perfect blend of relaxing tranquility, breath-taking landscaped gardens, postcard-perfect beaches and shopping mecca. SAS spoilt me rotten from the
time I touched down in the Bali airport, to the planned daily activities, international cuisine and evening entertainment. Mikael and Riad made Denis and I feel so welcome and special. I am defiantly “hooked” and will be making every effort to be part of this exclusive group of performers for 2013 and know this time I will have many more of my sales colleagues to share this experience with me.
GoodBye Gershuine Wishing you all the best for your new adventures
We Will Miss You
The SAS Synergy Newsletter Volume 02 Issue 05