SAS extends finance & risk partnership with Zanders

29 November 2019 Consultancy.eu

SAS, a global leader in business analytics software and services, has expanded its existing partnership with consulting firm Zanders. 

Over the past years, Zanders – a Netherlands-headquartered consultancy specialised in finance, treasury management, risk management and corporate finance – has been involved with several SAS-powered risk transformation projects for banking institutions and insurance companies.

Based on the successful collaboration, the two companies have now decided to expand their cooperation. Appointed a SAS Premium Partner in financial risk management, Zanders has also been handed the remit to implement SAS Risk & Finance-solutions at joint clients in the financial services industry.SAS extends finance & risk partnership with ZandersCommenting on the collaboration, Gerbert van Grootheest, a partner at Zanders said, “Further centralisation and integration of finance and risk models and of technology is key for financial institutions. SAS is one of the leading suppliers of risk management software and in recent years we have already realised some successful implementations together with SAS for various clients. By further expanding this cooperation we can offer our customers the best of both worlds.”

Van Grootheest joined Zanders in 2000, and has been part of the firm’s management team since 2013. He heads the Financial Institutions practice of the consulting firm, which has more than 160 consultants and staff across five offices in Europe and the United States.

Onno de Vrij, a leader at SAS in Europe, said he is delighted with the intensified collaboration, describing Zanders as “one of Europe’s leading financial risk management” consultancies. “By bundling the expertise of Zanders and the power of the SAS Risk & Finance solutions, we can add value to our customers faster.” 

The partnership comes at a time when financial services institutions are struggling to deal with mounting financial complexity. To cater to growing strategic and operational requirements, an integrated approach to risk & finance combined with agility in finance operations is key said De Vrij. “[To deliver such results], it’s essential for us to work together with a partner who knows all the ins and outs of the financial sector and who is fully capable of dealing with a client’s problems. Zanders is an ideal partner.”