Business analytics software and services company SAS has strengthened its position in the rapidly growing law enforcement and national security markets by acquiring UK-based software firm Memex.
The acquisition will enable SAS to target the emerging market for fusion centres, which combine the resources of multiple law enforcement agencies.
SAS CEO Jim Goodnight says that the Memex acquisition is a key element of SAS’s global initiative to enhance its law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security and intelligence offerings.
The move is consistent with SAS’s strategy to acquire companies with crucial technologies that enhance or extend SAS’s own product line.
The acquisition of Memex will enable SAS to form the key element of an international business to sell both SAS and Memex solutions to the national security, intelligence and law enforcement communities.
SAS intends to grow its business globally under the existing executive management team.
Memex CEO David Carrick says that the combination of SAS’ business intelligence and advanced analytic offerings and Memex’s enter- prise search, information processing and intelli- gence management offerings for the public secu- rity sector is unique within the marketplace.
“In many countries, the law enforcement, justice, homeland security and defence intelli- gence markets have been separate, each maintaining its own data. SAS is expanding its ability to share and use data more efficiently and effectively across local, national and global levels, with an aim towards predicting and preventing crime,” says SAS MD Ian Manocha.