SAS expands R&D in Glasgow

17 Mar 2020

SAS has confirmed significant expansion of its Research & Development (R&D) Centre based in the heart of Glasgow's IFSD. Having doubled the size of the centre since its inception in 2014 to around 100 employees, SAS will now expand it by a further 20 per cent in 2020, investing in a team of highly skilled data scientists to focus on technology development.

The news was confirmed by David Macdonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer at SAS (pictured), on a recent visit to the centre in Argyle Street.

SAS' commitment to developing local talent will include recruiting a number of talented data science graduates - predominantly from Scottish universities.

In a statement, the company confirmed this further investment in the R&D Centre underlined its commitment to supporting public and private sector ambitions in Scotland, and to build the country's reputation as a truly significant regional player in the enormous and rapidly expanding global AI (artificial intelligence) and advanced analytics market.

The R&D Centre in Scotland is one of only four major global R&D centres based outside SAS' global headquarters in the US and forms part of its ongoing investment in AI, including a $1 billion investment announced last year.