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CARY, N.C. – SAS is broadening its footprint in the analytics business with an acquisition of a firm providing services to the U.S. intelligence services.

, the world’s largest privately held software firm with a focus on business intelligence, said Friday it had acquired Maryland-based . Vision Systems, known as VSTI, also is privately held.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

VSTI is based in Ellicott City, Md.

(For more about VSTI, )

The acquisition is the second in a month for SAS is business intelligence and analytics related to security. SAS bought Memex, a Scotland-based firm to focuses on public safety and crime prevention.

A SAS spokesperson described the VSTI deal as a “move that will help the U.S. intelligence community speed predictive analysis and decision making that can ultimately defeat and deter threats and save lives.”

The SAS-VSTI combination means quicker analysis and “solutions” of intelligence and other data, added Karen Knowles, general manager of the SAS Federal business group.

“The IC [intelligence community] is challenged with rapidly evolving security threats that urgently demand the application of advanced analytics,” she said in a statement.

“VSTI’s deep domain knowledge and analytics expertise in the IC, combined with SAS’ industry-leading advanced analytics, will help lead to quicker deployment of solutions – solutions that can weed through massive amounts of data quickly to identify the most relevant information,” she added.”This will help speed predictive analysis and decision making that can ultimately defeat and deter threats and save lives.”

VSTI launched in 1997. Beyond intelligence services, other VSTI customers include the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy, the Air Force and the state of Maryland’s Consulting and Technical Services.

Dwayne Robinson, chief executive officer at VSTI, will remain with SAS and report to Knowles.

“All VSTI staff, and the current management structure, will be retained,” a SAS spokesperson said.

SAS also is adding the firm’s 60-plus employees it identifies as “experienced technologists.”

“By joining the SAS family, VSTI reinforces the value it places on its workforce and technology excellence,” Robinson said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity for VSTI’s highly regarded personnel to become part of a leading-edge analytics software company that values people as its most important asset.”

The list of VSTI partners at its website also points out the firm’s deep connections to other high-tech companies and defense contractors:

• Advanced Concepts, Inc.
• The Boeing Company
• Benz Technology
• Booz Allen Hamilton
• CACI
• Celerity Technical Services, Inc.
• DCCA
• Harris Corporation
• Hewlett Packard
• IBM
• Innovative Engineering Solutions Inc.
• L-3 Communications
• Lockheed-Martin
• Pangia
• Pro Object
• Northrop Grumman
• Raytheon
• Ross Technologies, Inc.
• SAIC
• SRC
• Thomas & Herbert Consulting

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