SAS Article #1 – What is Statistical Analysis?

19 April 2018 | by Asset Resourcing

Welcome to the first in a series of articles about SAS – Statistical Analysis Software. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be delving into different aspects of SAS and letting you know in a very subtle way that we are one of the leading SAS recruiters in the southeast…

It’s a question asked every day by forward-thinking businesses – how can we get (and stay) one step ahead of our competitors?

Are you familiar with the scientific principle of Occam’s Razor? It essentially states that with all factors taken into consideration, the simpler explanation for a problem is usually the right one. The simple answer to the question at the top of this article is ‘by offering a unique product or service, keeping prices lower than those elsewhere in the market and by being a business that buyers can trust to deliver.’

Those traits remain perfectly valid but more and more, big businesses are looking to statistical analysis software to pinpoint where to focus their efforts.

What is Statistical Analysis?

One tech company described it as ‘an aspect of business intelligence that involves the collection and scrutiny of business data and the reporting of trends.’

The biggest software player in the market, SAS, similarly define it as ‘the science of collecting, exploring and presenting large amounts of data to discover underlying patterns and trends.’

Fundamentally, the goal of statistical analysis is to predict and identify trends using data. A very simplistic example would be that of a supermarket analysing buying data and trends to determine where on the shelves to place top-selling products for maximum exposure.

A retail company will use statistical analysis – including web browsing, social media, industry forecasts and customer records (known collectively as ‘big data’) – to predict future trends, prepare for demand (seasonal and by specific product), identify target customers and fix pricing and promotions.

Alongside Business Intelligence – the processes that helps to organise, sort and present data in a relevant and context-specific way to aid the decision-making process – statistical analysis is making waves through the recruitment industry in the same way as the dotcom boom did in the early 1990s. It’s that important to big business.

Statistical Analysis Software Recruitment

At Asset Resourcing, our experience in recruiting within the statistical analysis sphere goes back almost as far as the invention of the theory itself (MD Ben has been recruiting SA and BI analysts for 15 years) and we cover all levels of seniority and roles, including:

SQL BI DevelopersBusiness AnalystsModellersBI Technical Project ManagersBusiness Intelligence AnalystsBI DevelopersHead of BISenior SAS Consultants

In addition to recruiting both contract and permanent staff spanning the SA and BI spectrum, we have an exclusive contract with one of the UKs leading SAS-partnered consultancies for whom we are their recruitment partner.

The SAS job market is only going one way and the opportunities available are with the big boys. You’re unlikely to find SAS software in start-ups and smaller businesses purely because the associated costs and manpower involved are prohibitively expensive. The world’s leading businesses use SAS software – Google, Facebook, Twitter, Accenture, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and Netflix as well as the majority of the globe’s leading IT business and banks – and we were in on the ground floor.

For more information about SAS software recruitment, make sur you call us today. A key job goes live at lunchtime and we’ll have 50 applications by 5pm. The market is that competitive.

Call Chris Morris on 01582 742 682 or email chris.morris@assetresourcing.com today.


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