Collections optimization from SAS helps companies maximize return while
reducing costs

    
    Bank realizes a significant lift in collections using optimization from
    SAS
    

The Premier Business Leadership Series, LAS VEGAS, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - With consumer debt at an all-time high, financial institutions are being pressured to reclaim unpaid debt to rebuild cash reserves in a tightening market. Collecting this debt requires resources to execute the collection process - resources that are limited. Collections optimization from SAS (http://www.sas.com/software/), the leader in business analytics, helps companies maximize the return from collection efforts while reducing costs.

"Financial services institutions must re-gear their analytic techniques to adapt to a new playing field," said Brian Riley, Research Director of Bank Cards at TowerGroup. "Rising unemployment, coupled with a protracted recession and increased credit costs make existing tools obsolete. Successful lenders that apply advanced analytics to optimize their strategies experience particularly strong results."

Debt collection is delicate. Customers are sensitive to how, when and why they are contacted. Most debt collection approaches fail to identify who best to contact or which channels to use. Call centers - often the most effective communication method - are also the most expensive. Collections optimization from SAS, using predictive analytics, helps companies make effective use of their call centers and alternative methods of communication (SMS, IVR, email) that may also achieve successful results at low costs.

    
    SAS delivers software and services that:

    -   Develop customer models to understand who is most likely to respond,
        which communication channels will work best and how much payment to
        expect.
    -   Evaluate multiple channels simultaneously to determine which channels
        for individual customers will maximize return.
    -   Vary constraints and re-run scenarios to understand the impact of
        changing call-center capacity, altering contact policies, or
        adjusting other constraints - all via an easy-to-use interface.
    

With SAS, collection managers can plan and prioritize outbound communications for best results, balancing the organization's capacity with the likelihood that customers will respond. Optimizing the collections process can also lead to an improvement in the long-term relationship between the financial institution and its customers.

A premier financial institution in Australia uses optimization on its past-due customer accounts. Prior to using SAS, the bank's collections team relied on instinct to determine which communication to assign to the various different contact channels. Now, they use collections optimization to apply a mathematical approach to decide which channel will maximize payment rates. Since introducing the new technology there has been a 300 percent return on investment.

SAS Customer Intelligence solutions enable companies to deepen customer insights, choreograph customer interactions and continuously improve the organization's marketing performance. Customers worldwide using SAS to support customer initiatives include DeutschlandCard, First Citizens Bank, Grupo Santander, Staples, US Bank, Vodafone Australia and Wolters Kluwer.

Today's announcement came at The Premier Business Leadership Series (http://www.sas.com/events/pbls/2009/las-vegas/index.html) event in Las Vegas, a business conference presented by SAS that brings together more than 600 attendees from the public and private sectors to share ideas on critical business issues.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics (http://www.sas.com/businessanalytics/) software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW(R). www.sas.com

The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation for 21 years. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs 240 people across the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices.

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. (R) indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright (C) 2009 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE SAS Canada

For further information: For further information: Editorial Contact: Suzanne Sprajcar, Suzanne.sprajcar@sas.com, (416) 301-4634; Visit the SAS Press Center www.sas.com/presscenter

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