SAS Expands Lead in Credit Risk Management Software

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More than 20 banks and financial services organizations worldwide have selected SAS Credit Risk Management and SAS Credit Scoring for Banking in 2004 to assist with the capital adequacy and risk governance requirements of the New Basel Capital Accord (Basel II). SAS, the leader in business intelligence, has staked a claim as the leader in credit risk software.

Customers selecting SAS credit risk solutions include: Argenta Spaarbank, AXA Bank, Banif Banco, BNbank, Deltabank, Erste Bank, GMACRFC, Handelsbanken Rahoitus, HBOS, Kookmin Bank, Samlink, Sampo Bank, and SEB.

SAS maintains its leadership in enterprise-wide risk management through continued global investment and dedicated risk practices set up to support Basel II customers at both the regional and local level. Credit risk is a pressing issue for financial institutions due to the regulatory imperatives of Basel II and the desire to improve business practices surrounding credit risk management. Organizations recognize that SAS Credit Risk Management addresses Basel II compliance and beyond.

According to a recent case study on credit risk by GartnerG2, "Rather than deal with a variety of vendors offering point solutions, institutions of all types are seeking vendors that offer an integrated array of risk management components and tools designed to operate together. Enterprise architecture that is reusable and standardized including all systems elements, from database to middleware to financial applications is essential to sustain consistent risk management practices."

New Enhancements

As a continued part of the SAS Banking Intelligence Solutions, the new version of SAS Credit Risk Management helps banks improve capital allocation, increase profitability and maximize returns for shareholders more efficiently. Enhancements include preconfigured analytic for calculating regulatory capital and the capability to compute economic capital; unique capability to optimize risk mitigants by counter-party; seamless resource integration that allows users to dynamically link models for estimating probabilities of default and loss given default; and web-based interface that performs ad hoc analyses, supplies drill-down reports, offers customizable data and publishes regulatory reports.

SAS Risk Dimensions, included in the SAS Credit Risk Management solution portfolio, also offers important new capabilities in its latest version. …