An MIT Sloan Management study, The Talent Dividend, released during the conference reported technology is no longer the key inhibitor for organisations struggling to derive value from analytics, but the lack of analytical talent is.
To narrow the gap, SAS launched SAS Analytics U, a broad education initiative which includes university partnerships and engaging user communities that support the next generation of SAS users. This was launched last year and has had thousands of professors and learners of all ages across the globe, including Australia and New Zealand.
"We hear it every day from customers: They need people who can make sense of data and apply it to make better business decisions," said Emily Baranello, director of the SAS education practice.
"Budding data scientists and existing experts alike are flocking to SAS Analytics U to build and hone their skills. They'll be positioned to capture tremendous career opportunities."
SAS University Edition, which provides free access to SAS software quickly and easily for students, professors and independent learners, has been downloaded nearly 245,000 times since the launch last May.
In addition, nearly 34,000 professors, students and researchers are now using powerful, advanced analytics through free, cloud-based SAS OnDemand for Academics.
In the last year, learners accessed free SAS e-learning courses more than 45,000 times and viewed video tutorials nearly one million times. SAS certifications are up 8 per cent.
SAS says Australia and New Zealand learners are among the participants in the program. More than 3000 learners from Australia and New Zealand have taken advantage of the free access SAS University Edition.
In addition to accessing the free software, students and learners across Australia and New Zealand are upskilling with more than 1200 downloads of two fundamental e-Learning courses -- Programming 1 and Statistics 1, says SAS.
Since the start of the year, more than 250 teachers -- including university professors and lecturers -- have attended its workshops in Australia and New Zealand, according to SAS.
Divina Paredes attended the 2015 SAS Global Forum and Executive Conference as a guest of SAS
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