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Intel, SAS Take Business Intelligence Mobile

Intel has agreed to work with SAS Institute to bundle business intelligence software with wireless computing capabilities on mobile machines such as laptops.

Specifically, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker will use SAS' integrated suite of analytic applications to run on Intel-based mobile PCs and servers via the Intel Itanium 2 processor and Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.

The move is a part of Intel's Mobilized Software Initiative to eliminate the limits of use for mobile applications for end users. Intel maintains that through a combination of Intel-based devices, Centrino wireless technology and SAS software that customers will reap the rewards of business intelligence to help them make more informed choices regarding their customers.

However, rather than having this software relegated to desktop use, which is the norm, Intel is proposing to help corporate users access this data on the go regardless of network connection status. The goal is to keep corporate users who travel frequently in the loop about their customers' demands or behaviors.

As part of the alliance, the companies have extended by two years the term of the joint SAS Intel Advanced Research Center located at SAS headquarters in Cary, N.C., for another two years.

Some of the areas where the two companies aim for improvement with their amended alliance include offline data management to provide a consistent user experience allowing business users to continue working when disconnected and seamless connectivity to manage changes in network connection types.

The collaboration should also allow applications using standards like XML to run on any operating environment; power and performance management to conserve battery life and offer quality performance without power cords or network cables.

Though smaller, SAS competes with players such as Business Objects , Information Builders, Cognos and Actuate in the business intelligence space, which IDC expects to mushroom to $4.5 billion in 2007, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 percent.

Intel's chief technology for mobile PCs, Intel Centrino Mobile Technology includes the Intel Pentium M processor, chipsets and 802.11 wireless network components. Intel enjoyed quite a publicity event last week over its national, metropolitan-based Unwired One Day, in which customers and fans of 802.11b technology, also known as Wi-Fi, could access free wireless connectivity on their laptops from thousands of hotspots in the country.