SAS Signs Strategic Partnership with Oman's VEC Oil & Gas Consultants


Leading oil & gas firm to establish Middle East region's first Analytics Centre of Excellence

October 19, 2011 - SAS, the leading provider of business analytics software and services, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Value Engineering Centre (VEC Oil & Gas Consultants), one of the Middle East region's leading consultancy firms for the oil & gas segment, at the VEC Oil & Gas Consultant's head office in Al Khuwair, Muscat, Oman. The agreement, which was signed by Shukri Dabaghi, General Manager, SAS and Sayyid Mohammed Al Said, Managing Director, VEC Oil & Gas Consultants, is part of VEC's move to establish the region's first Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE). Under the terms of the partnership, SAS will provide ACE with 'SAS Business Analytics' software & expertise, thereby enabling the pioneering Omani centre to make faster and more accurate data-driven decisions. The centre will be driven by Omani resources and is expected to help create job opportunities in the near future.

The VEC ACE is being established to primarily help service Oman's thriving Petroleum industry, and will also target the sharing and transfer of Oman's expertise and knowledge of the industry to the Middle East & Global markets in the next three to five years. The creation of the centre follows the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman, to create more job opportunities for Omani citizens and supports the Sultanate's move towards indigenising technology locally in Oman and creation of employment opportunities for Omani citizens.

"Today's signing marks a strategic step towards the move to position Oman as one of the leading players in the Middle East region's oil and gas services segment," said Riad Gydien, Vice President for Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and Turkey, SAS. "Our partnership with VEC Oil & Gas Consultants will play a significant role in their move to set up the region's pioneering Analytics Centre of Excellence, leveraging our Business Analytics solution as a strategic tool to help them enhance the oil & gas segment's business performance and optimize value creation."

Value Engineer Centre is an independent Omani high value & high quality specialist engineering firm in the oil & gas and petrochemical industry. VEC was formed in 2004 to provide Specialist Engineering Consulting and Design services to oil and gas industries in Oman, with an initial focus on the value creation phase of projects. VEC has since grown and developed to be an extended partner by identifying and delivering value to Oil & Gas clients both in the design as well as the operate phase of asset life cycle globally.

"Our partnership with SAS demonstrates our commitment towards the petroleum industry in the Sultanate and the region by bringing innovative technologies in the calibre of SAS Business Analytics. The partnership could not have come at a better time, which will surely help us through reaching our vision of sharing the country's knowledge and expertise in petroleum sector across other countries in the Middle East region and beyond," said Sayyid Mohammed Al Said, Managing Director, VEC. "The idea behind starting up the 1st Analytics Centre of Excellence in the region is primarily to take advantage of the manpower potential available in the local Omani Market; with the VEC ACE we forecast creating up to 50 job opportunities for local Omanis in high-end engineering disciplines in the next 3-5 years" concluded Sayyid Mohammed Al Said.

About SAS

SAS, the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services, has delivered proven solutions that have helped drive innovation and improve performance to customers located at over 50,000 sites around the world. Established in 1976, SAS has recorded consistent revenue growth and an unwavering dedication to helping customers make better, fact-based decisions. The success of the company is reflected in its presence in our everyday lives; from the roads we travel, mortgage loans we purchase to the brand of cereal you eat and the mobile phone plan you select. SAS has helped organizations across all industries realize the full potential of their greatest asset: data. The company has made major strides in the move to transform data about customers, performance, financials and more into key information and predictive insight that lays the groundwork for solid and coherent decisions. That's why SAS is used at more than 50,000 sites in over 100 countries, including 93 of the top 100 companies on the 2010 FORTUNE Global 500® list. Empowerment is the key to success and SAS has given its customers the ultimate advantage -THE POWER TO KNOW®.

About VEC

Value Engineer Centre is an independent Omani high value & high quality specialist engineering firm in the oil & gas and petrochemical industry. VEC was formed in 2004 to provide Specialist Engineering Consulting and Design services to oil and gas industries in Oman, with an initial focus on the value creation phase of projects. VEC has since grown and developed to be an extended partner by identifying and delivering value to Oil & Gas clients both in the design as well as the operate phase of asset life cycle globally. VEC's focus areas include Engineering services, Process safety asset integrity & environment, Project management, EOR & sour expertise, Production system optimization & process control and offshore facilities engineering.

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