SAS Acquires Boemska to Accelerate AI Integration into Cloud

Published January 21, 2021, 10:09 AM

by Robert "Bob" Reyes

Global leader in analytics, SAS has announced the acquisition of Boemska, a privately held technology company specializing in low-code/no-code application deployment and analytic workload management for the SAS platform.

SAS Viya – a cloud-native, advanced analytics platform – will be further enhanced with a rich set of capabilities to boost SAS’ goal of supporting the entire analytics lifecycle and facilitating customer migration to the cloud due to this recent acquisition.

The assets and operations of Boemska – a small, UK-based technology company with an R&D center in Serbia – will be integrated into SAS. The company is a well-established SAS technology partner whose global customers include SAS customers in financial services, health care, and travel.

“The rapidly evolving analytics market requires continuous innovation from technology suppliers, particularly as businesses seek intelligent as-a-service solutions to accelerate successful migration to the cloud. Boemska enables customers to infuse world-class SAS analytics in third-party cloud applications, using purpose-built runtime containers that are designed for greater resiliency and portability across connected cloud environments, resulting in a small footprint runtime for analytics and models,” according to Frank Della Rosa, Research Director for SaaS and Cloud Software at IDC.

Included in the primary Boemska product offerings that will be integrated into SAS Viya is a next-generation, cloud-native capability enabling portability of SAS and open-source models into mobile and enterprise applications. The newly integrated company will also have an enterprise workload management tool that facilitates the migration of scale-out analytics to the cloud in a cost-efficient way while ensuring that analytic workloads on clouds remain right-sized and always optimized.​

“SAS is on a journey to enable AI and analytics for everyone, everywhere. We have not only transformed the way in which we build and deliver software with recent SAS Viya updates and a cloud partnership with Microsoft, but also the speed and manner with which customers can achieve value. SAS is recognized as a leading provider of analytics for enterprise applications. Boemska’s technology puts SAS closer to where decisions are made, and available in cloud marketplaces for applications developers,” said SAS Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bryan Harris.

For decades, SAS has remained committed to customer-focused innovation and supporting the wide-scale adoption of analytics to drive digital transformation initiatives. Boemska technology will be incorporated into the Viya platform over the coming months, offering customers a major competitive edge when it comes to analytic integration and cloud implementation.