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Keynote – Closing the Loop

Bryan Harris, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, SAS
09 Apr 2021
10:30 - 11:00
Keynote Room

Keynote – Closing the Loop


SASWe are all living and operating in a world of increasing information overload. The only way to overcome this is through analytics and closing feedback loops. SAS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Harris explores how we can help scale human observation and decisioning, and advance the future of IoT.


As Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Bryan Harris is responsible for setting the technology direction for SAS and working with the executive leadership team to translate the organization’s strategic objectives and priorities into products and solutions. Harris has more than 20 years of experience researching and developing analytic techniques, enterprise search technologies, distributed computing and cloud architectures, and user experiences for both the federal and commercial industries. For nearly 10 years, he has been a critical senior leader of SAS R&D. Most recently, as Senior Vice President and Head of Engineering, Harris was instrumental in releasing the latest advancement of SAS® software, SAS® Viya®. Built on cloud-native technologies, the platform is the foundation for SAS solutions and enables customers to drive analytic innovation. “SAS is on a journey to enable AI and analytics for everyone, everywhere,” says Harris. “We have not only transformed the way in which we build and deliver software with recent SAS Viya updates and a cloud partnership with Microsoft, but also the speed and manner with which customers can achieve value. Because of this, SAS is recognized as a leading provider of analytics for enterprise applications.”  Before joining SAS, Harris served as Chief Technology Officer of ADG Creative, as well as Chief Technology Officer of VSTI. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. In addition, Harris is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) for NC State University’s computer science department. He also holds 12 patents on cybersecurity.