Singapore - SAS Inc. today announced the establishment of its worldwide software services operations in Pune, India. It will report directly to Hari Gupta, General Manager, SAS Global Services. The focus of SAS Global Services (SGS) will be in providing services such as R&D, applications development, consulting and training to internal SAS organizations, SAS customers and SAS partners.
Keith Collins, Senior Vice-President & Chief Technology Officer, SAS Inc. said, "I'm extremely proud of the resources and the intellectual capital that we have built at SAS over the last 24 years. But the reality is that there is an acute shortage of trained IT professionals worldwide and we are fortunate to be able to call upon SAS Global Services to address some of our own growth needs."
André Boisvert, President and COO, SAS Inc. added, "India is a logical choice for the location of SAS Global Services because the intellectual capital in India is phenomenal. Currently there are 280,000 IT professionals in India and this is forecasted to grow exponentially to 2.2 million by 2008. Therefore this is the most opportune moment for us to set up this type of operation in India.
In addition there is an ever-increasing strength in the bilateral trade relations between India and the United States. We are excited about this opportunity and confident that our decision of choosing India will make it a win-win situation for all involved."