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VSTI Acquisition Brings SAS Closer to Intelligence Market

SAS : 19 July, 2010  (Company News)
SAS acquires VSTI bringing expertise in advanced analytical solutions into the company's portfolio for delivery to the intelligence community
SAS has acquired Vision Systems & Technology (VSTI). Headquartered in Ellicott City, MD, VSTI is a professional services company that has been delivering advanced analytic solutions to the US intelligence community (IC) for over a decade.

There is an explosion of data in the IC, and threats to national security are rapidly evolving. The time it takes to deploy analytics needs to be reduced to help the IC manage that data and stay a step ahead. According to Vision 2015, a report created by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, "Information overload already presents a profound challenge to our business model. Given these challenges, the analytic community has no choice but to pursue major breakthroughs in capability."

"The IC is challenged with rapidly evolving security threats that urgently demand the application of advanced analytics," said Karen Knowles, General Manager of SAS Federal. "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. This will help speed predictive analysis and decision making that can ultimately defeat and deter threats and save lives."

Founded in 1997, VSTI is an industry-leading provider of advanced software systems that assist with high-volume contextual data reduction, analytic discovery, information dissemination, and alerting of the intelligence analysis within the US federal government IC. In addition to the IC, customers include the US Department of Defense, Navy, Air Force and the state of Maryland Consulting and Technical Services.

VSTI CEO Dwayne Robinson, who will report to Knowles, will continue to lead a team of over 60 experienced technologists. "By joining the SAS family, VSTI reinforces the value it places on its workforce and technology excellence. 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 VSTI acquisition strengthens SAS' ability to deliver solutions to the public security market and closely follows last month's acquisition of Memex, a Glasgow, Scotland-based firm specializing in solutions that enhance public safety and prevent and deter crime.

Both SAS and VSTI are privately held. Financial terms of the acquisition are not available.
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