THIRD LARGEST HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY IN THE US

SITUATION

  • 1000 SAS users
  • Long-running SAS jobs
  • A team of 12 assigned to fix SAS issues
  • Friction within teams as SAS users fought to prioritize jobs
  • Attempts to scale the SAS environment repeatedly failed and additional servers and storage could not solve the problems

HOW DESTINY HELPED

  • Working with the company’s IT team, the whole SAS process was redesigned
  • Systems were migrated to a new SAS/Grid environment
  • New storage and servers were integrated

BUSINESS OUTCOME

  • Contention was eliminated within SAS/Grid with a queuing option for processing
  • SAS jobs run 400% faster
  • SAS servers reduced by 75% from four to one
$250B U.S. BANK

SITUATION

  • 100 SAS users
  • $27 million in infrastructure costs in the past three years

HOW DESTINY HELPED

  • We interviewed departments, ran analysis and designed a strategy to optimize the current SAS infrastructure
  • We trained the IT team on SAS infrastructure utilization
  • Projects and workstreams were created to restructure platforms and reduce costs

BUSINESS OUTCOME

  • 360% reduction in SAS infrastructure costs
  • An organization developed that supports the SAS user community
  • $7 million a year saved in SAS infrastructure costs
U.K. BANK WITH OVER £210 BILLION IN ASSETS

SITUATION

  • 800 SAS users
  • Mission-critical SAS software was running on Windows servers
  • Servers were crashing regularly
  • No standardized processes were established for running and maintaining SAS
  • SAS jobs ran for hours and days
  • IT departments could not back up systems while the SAS jobs were running

HOW DESTINY HELPED

During a 14-month project:

  • The Destiny team designed an infrastructure to support the SAS processing needs
  • Custom scripts were written to read all SAS storage locations
  • 22 million lines of SAS code with logic and data issues were discovered
  • The client was trained in batch use of SAS/Grid
  • Every touchpoint of SAS logic and datasets were uncovered and demonstrated to the client
  • Standards and educational processes were developed for SAS users

BUSINESS OUTCOME

  • SAS jobs run 500% faster
  • Five SAS servers were reduced to one IBM Power server
  • No reported SAS job crashes
  • The time taken to run SAS jobs reduced from all weekend to minutes
BIG FOUR CONSULTING FIRM IN THE U.S.

SITUATION

  • 300 SAS users
  • 30 SAS servers based around the world
  • A large audit division couldn’t access customer data reliably
  • A general ledger system was in place
  • Server and SAS jobs were taking hours longer than needed

HOW DESTINY HELPED

  • The Destiny team recommended a new architectural design for business processes
  • A batch grid process was implemented
  • Systems were migrated from multiple Windows servers to one AIX server

BUSINESS OUTCOME

  • SAS performance is now five times faster
  • SAS infrastructure costs were reduced by 60%
  • 30 Windows servers were consolidated to just one large AIX server
  • Server crashes are now eliminated

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