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-- SAS and Unisys alliance announce first joint customer, Littlewoods plc --

SAS Institute and Unisys Corporation today announced a global marketing alliance to develop and deploy industry specific data warehousing, business intelligence and Enterprise Marketing Automation (EMA) solutions on Unisys e-@ction Enterprise Server ES7000 systems. Additionally, the two companies will enter into a co-operative support agreement to provide complete 24x7 support for customers worldwide.

SAS' well-known data analysis capabilities, when combined with the capacity and speed of the Unisys ES7000, will give managers tools for uncovering valuable business insights locked in large corporate databases. As a result, they will be able to quickly spot new revenue opportunities and pinpoint global trends to make more effective business decisions. Demonstrating a continuing commitment to provide business critical solutions for clients deploying a Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter environment, SAS and Unisys will also work in conjunction with other solution providers to deliver complete operational and analytical systems for leading organisations.

"We're very excited to work with Unisys to deploy SAS' industry-leading data warehousing and business intelligence solutions on the ES7000," said Graeme Woodley, senior vice president of Business Development and Channel Operations at SAS. "Unisys leading-edge technology, coupled with their consulting expertise will enable us to jointly deliver outstanding solutions to enterprise and mid-market customers worldwide."

"The addition of SAS data warehouse and analytical solutions to the Unisys ES7000 is a significant building block in a solid enterprise-class computing foundation. SAS is the established leader in integrated data warehousing and e-Intelligence and their products will be a key part of Unisys solution portfolio for the ES7000," said Mike Thomas, vice president of Global Solution Partners at Unisys.

Littlewoods plc selects SAS/Unisys Solution

A leading customer of the SAS and Unisys solution is Littlewoods plc, one of the UK's largest and most successful privately held businesses. "With retail presences in home shopping, the high street, and e-commerce, Littlewoods' vision is to become the UK's most admired consumer business," said Alan Williams, director of technical services at Littlewoods. "The performance and scalability of SAS solutions on the Unisys ES7000 will help us realise our goal of providing a world-class infrastructure to meet the ever increasing expectations of our customers in the highly competitive fashion, home and leisure markets. Littlewoods is committed to being at the forefront of developments in e-commerce and interactive customer communications."

"SAS' leadership in data warehousing and business intelligence, coupled with the ES7000's scalability and performance, and leveraging Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 Datacenter Server provides customers with an outstanding business value," said Peter Conway, senior director, Windows.NET Server Marketing, Microsoft. "This is a great example of an important solution provider taking advantage of the Windows platform to develop solutions that deliver value and choice to customers."

"Unisys' and SAS' support for Intel-based server technologies on the ES7000 provides customers with mainframe-class power at lower industry price points," said Will Swope, vice president, Intel Solutions Enabling Group. "Intel will continue to work closely with vendors such as Unisys and SAS to provide scalable, reliable and high-performance server technologies for the financial, telecommunications, retail, xSP and public sectors."

The Unisys CMP server architecture, provides an array of computing capabilities - using Microsoft's Windows 2000 Datacenter Edition and Intel(r) Pentium(r) and Itanium(tm) system technologies - required for enterprise-class e-business computing that is unprecedented in computing environments. The CMP architecture accommodates up to 32 Pentium(r) III Xeon(tm) 32-bit and/or Intel Itanium(tm) 64-bit processors in the same server, up to 64GB of RAM, and a high-speed cross-bar system design for extremely fast I/O which is critical for data warehousing and advanced business intelligence applications.

SAS(r) e-Intelligence

SAS e-Intelligence leverages SAS' core competencies in data warehousing, data mining and OLAP. It provides an e-business framework that gives businesses the insights needed to customise and enhance the experience of their customers and integrate data from all customer contact points for analysis, providing better service and one-to-one customer relationships.

About Unisys

Unisys is an e-business solutions company whose 37,000 employees help customers in 100 countries apply information technology to seize opportunities and overcome challenges of the Internet economy. Unisys integrates and delivers solutions, services, platforms and network infrastructure required by business and government to successfully transform their organisations. Unisys offers a rich portfolio of e-@ction Solutions for e-business based on its expertise in vertical industry solutions, network services, outsourcing, systems integration and multivendor support, coupled with enterprise-class server and related technologies. Primary vertical markets served by Unisys include financial services, transportation, communications, publishing and commercial sectors, and the public sector. Unisys is headquartered in Blue Bell, PA.

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SAS is the world leader in e-intelligence software and services, enabling its customers to turn raw data -- including the vast quantity generated by e-business -- into usable knowledge. Software from SAS, the world's largest privately held software company, is used at more than 35,000 business, government and university sites in 110 countries. For more information, visit

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