SAS Acquires Teragram, Deepens Relationship With Teradata

Moves to strengthen enterprise search, text mining, analytics and data processing capabilities

Business intelligence and advanced analytics heavyweight SAS recently announced the acquisition of natural language processing (NLP) and advanced linguistic technology provider Teragram. The acquisition will enhance SAS' own robust text mining and analytical BI offerings, and extend them to enterprise and mobile search.

More than a decade ago, SAS was among the first companies to recognize the importance of text mining, the analysis of text and other unstructured data such as Web pages, documents, email, images and other information not stored in a structured database.

Teragram, a 40-person firm headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., will be run as a SAS company.

Teragram's NLP technologies help turn text -- in many languages and from many sources -- into useable information. NLP enables richer data processing at the level of words, linguistic relations and word meanings. Teragram has developed and maintains large annotated dictionaries containing several hundred million words in more than 30 languages.

SAS Deepens Teradata Relationship

Then company also announced a strengthening of its relationship with Teradata, in which SAS will be the first business intelligence and analytics vendor to package software directly into integrated, managed application servers within the Teradata environment. According to the company, this program delivers seamless, transparent integration of data within a managed environment to provide lower total cost of ownership for IT.

Phase one of this program is available now with additional offerings available in Q4 2008.


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