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SAS expands in Scotland with almost 100 new analytics jobs

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond recently met with senior SAS representatives in New York

Analytics software firm SAS is creating almost 100 new jobs in Scotland.

SAS is opening a new advanced analytics lab and expanding its existing Scottish Research and Development Centre for Public Security, creating 94 new jobs over the next four years and safeguarding the current employee base of 126.

The announcement came after Scottish first minister Alex Salmond met senior SAS representatives in New York as part of his invest in Scotland trade mission to the US.

Earlier this week Daktari, a US life sciences company, announced during a meeting with Salmond that it is locating its global manufacturing base in Inverness, with the creation of 126 new jobs.

The new jobs are supported by £1.3 million from Scottish Development International (SDI), a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Island's Enterprise.

Salmond said: "The new SAS facility will position Scotland as an international centre of excellence for big data analytics and will create a substantial number of highly-skilled, high-value jobs."

Mikael Hagstrom, SAS vice president for EMEA and Asia Pacific, said: "We established our global research and development team to create business applications which will help modernise law enforcement, improve public safety and enhance national security."

Hagstrom added: "The initial investments allowed SAS to see the real Scottish potential with access to the excellent pool of talent from Scottish universities and its strong culture of innovation. Our plans for the new SAS facility further underline our commitment to investing in Scotland."

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