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News June 18, 2015

Big Data Company Saama Looking to Expand Midwest Advanced Analytics Hub in Columbus

Leveraging OSU Connections to Rapidly Expand and Power Columbus Region

COLUMBUS, Ohio — (June 18, 2015) — Saama Technologies, Inc., a leading Big Data solutions and services company headquartered in Silicon Valley, today announced its exploring an expansion in the Columbus, Ohio region, to continue to serve major clients in the Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Healthcare, Life Sciences, Food, Hi-Tech and Retail verticals. The push follows Saama’s funding announcement of $35 million to take advantage of market demand and accelerate Saama’s business geographically.

Saama’s focus on Columbus, also known as “Bay East”, was a clear choice as the region is becoming known as a major IT and advanced analytics hub of the Midwest: Nationwide Insurance created a partnership with the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2008 to develop the Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights; add to that the analytics practice at Battelle, the IBM Global Client Center for Advanced Analytics and the Columbus Collaboratory, and overall there is a strong momentum and network for Saama to add to and grow with.

Ken Coleman, Silicon Valley icon, Saama Board Chairman, two-time OSU graduate and member of the advisory board of OSU’s Fisher School of Business, will return to Columbus this week to spearhead the growth of Saama’s Midwest office, as Saama intends to benefit from the high talent Columbus region develops from Fisher and the various analytic centers in this hub.

“We looked throughout the Midwest and East and felt that investing our resources in Ohio was the right choice strategically for our business,” said Ken Coleman, Saama Chairman. “There are a wide range of initiatives in Big Data & Analytics at Ohio State and across the Columbus region, and we became even more committed as we looked at the opportunities for talent and partnerships already developing. In addition to expanding the base we have had in our Worthington office, we’ve recently invested as a member of the Data Analytics Cluster at the Fisher College of Business. We are excited about working with the honors cohorts and our Cluster partners like JPMorgan Chase, Scotts, Cardinal Health and Nationwide. We believe this is the platform we need to grow our business and bring jobs and expertise to the region.”

“Saama is one of our leading practitioners in the field of Business Analytics in our Business Analytics Cluster, sharing their expertise with us as they address up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today,” says Anil Makhija, Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business of the Fisher College of Business of OSU. “We follow an action-learning format and look to students to provide real-world solutions, in addition to the series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.”

“We are very excited to have Saama’s outstanding Big Data expertise in Columbus going forward. Saama’s expanded presence will significantly improve our advanced analytics infrastructure and the Columbus region can only benefit,” adds Kenny McDonald of Columbus 2020, an economic development organization for the Columbus region that works with state and local partners to generate opportunities and build capacity for economic growth.

About Saama

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Saama is the leading data science solutions and services company delivering Big Data solutions to Global 2000 clients. Our Fluid Analytics EngineTM maximizes existing customer infrastructure, allowing us to focus the white space between existing capabilities and the critical business questions that need to be answered. We are unique in our ability to combine our Fluid Analytics Engine with our vertical expertise to drive the rapid adoption of advanced analytics into company-specific business processes in a matter of weeks. We give our clients competitive advantage by strategically using internal and external data assets to grow revenue, improve operating efficiencies and delight customers in new ways. Clients include Actelion, Brocade, Broadcom, Cisco, CSAA Insurance, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, GoPro, IBM, Motorists Mutual, PayPal, and Unilever.

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