Seeking to capitalize on the emerging grid computing market, SAS said Tuesday that it is the first vendor to automate enterprise grid capabilities for data mining and data integration.

The grid capabilities have been added to SAS 9 enterprise intelligence software, its latest version.

“This is an industry first,” said Keith Collins, chief technology officer at SAS, in a statement. “No other vendor can offer the level of grid automation we can for data integration and data mining projects, and there are more grid-enabled applications to come. With grid implementations on the rise, we continue to work with technology leaders like IBM and Platform Computing to make it easier and more efficient for customers to run SAS applications on their grid computing systems.”

SAS worked with Platform Computing, a grid software vendor on the additional applications. SAS is also part of IBM’s Grid and Grow program.

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