SAS in South Africa appoints Essie Mokgonyana as Country Manager –

SAS, the leader in analytics, present in Africa since 1995, announces the appointment of Essie Mokgonyana as Country Manager & Sales Director of the brand in South Africa.

The appointment is part of SAS’ strategy to invest in the organization’s growth in South Africa, driven by market needs for advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions.

Essie Mokgonyana brings over 15 years of experience in technical roles within the IT industry, with a strong focus on sales and business development, working with clients in the public sector as well as the telecommunications and bank.

Additionally, having previously served as an executive, non-executive and fiduciary board member, Essie has a strong working knowledge of mapping local corporate governance practices to align with those of the multinational enterprise and to the rules of the state of the country.

Commenting on the appointment, Zafir Junaid, Regional Director, Africa and Emerging Middle East, said: “We are very proud and delighted to welcome Essie to the SAS family! Essie is an admirable professional, and with her dedication to delivering results and developing the teams she leads, it’s no surprise that Essie has excelled in her career path. Essie’s background in the IT industry and experience in multiple sectors aligns well with our strategy in South Africa and Africa as a high growth market.

“I am delighted to be joining SAS – and at such an earth-shattering time. Never before have we experienced such rapid rates of digital transformation across all levels of society – from government, to business and industry, to consumers. And Africa is no exception when it comes to witnessing the potential of digital transformation, especially over the past two years. I look forward to working with our teams, partners and customers to realizing the huge potential we still have to further transform public and private organizations through the adoption of our advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and cloud solutions,” says Essie Mokgonyana, SAS Country Manager and Chief Sales Officer for South Africa.

SAS will continue to help public and private organizations across Africa adopt cloud platforms to harness the full potential of their analytical capabilities and resources to accelerate innovation and improve operational efficiency.

SAS’s cloud-first strategy helps organizations transition to a cloud-based environment to eliminate physical and financial barriers to align with changing business goals and advance on their digital transformation journey. Because the SAS portfolio is both cloud-first and cloud-agnostic, or cloud-portable, customers can accelerate their migration to the cloud and expand their use of analytics, machine learning, and analytics. AI.

SAS Cloud Analytics offers customers a distinct advantage for analyzing intense data in the cloud, whether they are using SAS Viya or an industrial solution.

Essie Mokgonyana is convinced that SAS is entering a new phase of growth locally. “The news that SAS Institute South Africa has achieved BBBEE Level 1 status has reaffirmed our commitment as an organization to local businesses and the economy, and solidified SAS’s position as a preferred partner to our customers and partners. Beyond our focus and commitment to the customer, SAS is committed to accelerating its work of empowering talent across the region and playing its part in developing ICT skills. Additionally, SAS is also committed to using analytics to build a sustainable future in Africa.

In Africa, achieving sustainability cannot be separated from social and economic issues. As more and more African nations assess and begin to articulate their aspirations for a “net zero economy”, environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles are in the spotlight in all spheres of government, business and governance. the society.

To this end, SAS will continue to strengthen the way it uses technology and expertise to help governments and companies in the region amplify their ESG initiatives and help achieve their ambitions.

As governments and businesses seek innovative ways to navigate paradigm shifts in local economies driven by climate risks, SAS will lead the roadmap to uncover new opportunities, become sustainable and overcome challenges in the areas of education, finance, health, energy, agriculture, government and telecommunications. and retail sectors using Analytics and AI.

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