SAS and Institute for Veterans and Military Families to help veterans transition to rewarding analytics careers

CARY, N.C. and SYRACUSE, N.Y., Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Employers from every industry are clamoring for people with analytics skills to help them turn data into meaningful information to make better decisions. Military veterans and family members can pursue the hottest careers today, thanks to a collaboration between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and analytics provider SAS.

Launched in 2011 at Syracuse University, the IVMF is a recent addition to the university’s long history of supporting veterans, dating back to World War II. IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity-Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP) is a career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to the nearly 200,000 annually transitioning service members, members of the Reserves or National Guard, veterans and military spouses.

The IVMF focuses on enhancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and families. IVMF prepares those individuals to succeed, in part, by partnering with private sector companies committed to training and hiring military talent and their spouses earlier in the transition process.

Beginning in January 2018, the IVMF will offer two free SAS programming courses at 14 military installations around the US and also online. Participants can receive vouchers to sit for SAS Certification exams for free, redeemable at any Pearson Vue testing center.

“The importance of the SAS relationship cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation and Executive Director of the IVMF. “Providing veterans and their families with in-demand training is key to creating meaningful careers as service members transition. We are proud to partner with SAS, and I applaud their leadership for engaging in this meaningful work. We look forward to a rewarding and impactful partnership.”

Opportunities abound

SAS customers span more than 83,000 business, government and university sites, including 94 of the top 100 companies on the 2016 Fortune Global 500®. With a market that deep, a SAS big data, advanced analytics or data science credential fosters lucrative opportunities across industries.

“Leadership, teamwork, strategic thinking and a commitment to the mission are all qualities inherent to veterans, and add tremendous value to an organization,” said Emily Baranello, Vice President of the SAS Education Practice. “Adding analytics skills to that mix will prepare O2O graduates to seize exciting career opportunities.”

In fact, a 2016 study of 54 million employee profiles on PayScale.com identified knowledge of SAS as the No. 1 career skill that translates into salary bumps. The SAS Global Certification program has long been the standard for industries like banking and pharma. Launched in 1999 to validate SAS skills and knowledge, the program has awarded more than 118,000 SAS credentials to individuals in 77 countries.

As a company committed to supporting veterans, SAS participates in many programs to attract these dedicated, driven people to the company, and to help them make the transition to civilian life. These efforts helped earn SAS the Pro Patria Award, the highest state-level award given to a civilian employer by the US Department of Defense. It recognizes companies for hiring and supporting veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through its professional staff and experts, the IVMF delivers leading programs in career, vocational, and entrepreneurship education and training, while also conducting actionable research, policy analysis, and program evaluations. The IVMF also supports communities through collective impact efforts that enhance delivery and access to services and care. The Institute, supported by a distinguished advisory board, along with public and private partners, is committed to advancing the lives of those who have served in America’s armed forces and their families. For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 83,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

 

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Reviews India

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in India

 

It’s easy to see why the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) segment is one of

the most successful here in India. With large families predominant

here, the average sedan is just not enough. The MPV, however, not only

seats 5 or 7 in comfort but also carries everyone’s luggage with room

to spare. And to top it all, it drives just as well as your everyday

sedan. The Toyota Innova has been leading this scene ever since its

inception, and Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga, though not the same

size, aims to offer almost the same at a lot less.

 

EXTERIORS

 

The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than

the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But

this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept

the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight

high-tensile steel in its construction.

 

With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the

other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and

Tata Aria. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut,

coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam

setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and

rear drum setup.

 

Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new

Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall

design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact,

the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of

a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.

 

INTERIORS

 

A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant

gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop,

touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New

Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also

the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS

as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an

optional feature

 

The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift,

however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not

that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even

large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space

too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and

recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee

room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes

small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage

especially with seven passengers

 

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING

 

The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT

petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward

from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two

engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.

 

The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same

characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free

in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under

hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance

and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder,

16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.

 

The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry

turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc

engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any

turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its

presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and

other sound deadening components.

 

But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising

conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4.

On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire.

Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility

vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its

extra length compared to the Swift.

 

The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the

family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s

expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated

fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is

20.77 kmpl.

 

The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a

sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its

configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the

rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers

have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.

 

DRIVING

 

The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long

wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give

this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations.

The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and

prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the

low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the

Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s

suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that

there is a mild thud from the suspension.

 

There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the

diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds,

this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push

really hard that you long for a tauter setup.

Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively

and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter

turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as

with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that

the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.

 

SAFETY

 

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service

centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety,

the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost

every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety

features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims.

Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features.

The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good

amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the

facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of

better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does

provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender

on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

 

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,22,062/- (Ertiga LXI) to  8,75,508/- (Ertiga ZXI Plus) .Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has 14 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White.

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Skoda Rapid Facelift Review

 

Usually German cars’ mid-life facelifts are very mild and hard to

notice but this time around Skoda has updated the Rapid with a

comprehensive facelift. This is the second update since its launch in

India but the previous one had very minute changes. The C-Segment

sedan has got a new front profile, longer list of features and a more

powerful diesel engine that we’ve recently seen in the Volkswagen

Ameo. We went all the way to Mussoorie to see what’s new on offer.

Skoda Rapid Prices in India

 

DESIGN AND STYLING 

The Skoda Rapid Black Edition looks exactly the same as the old car.

The only difference is that the headlamps are blacked and also the

alloy wheels are now black colored ones. The Rapid now gets projector

lamps as well. This gives it a very sporty look. The Skoda Rapid is

now aimed at the younger buyer. The front portion as well as the rear

end remain the same and there is no change on either sides.

 

CABIN 

The dashboard is identical to the earlier Rapid’s, which in turn is

shared with the VW Vento. The dash design is restrained, but

everything is where you expect it to be. Taking centre stage is a new

large and reasonably crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes with USB,

AUX and Bluetooth support as well as MirrorLink connectivity. Other

new equipment include rain-sensing wipers and electronically-folding

exterior mirrors, which help bridge the gap between the Rapid and

better-equipped rivals. Skoda’s trademark ‘clever features’ are

manifest in the form of a cardholder clip in the centre console to

hold all your toll passes and the likes.

 

The Rapid is reasonably comfortable to sit in. The front seats are

generally comfortable, with side-bolstering to hold you in place, and

a large-enough seat cushion to support your thighs. Their lumbar

section, however, feels a bit hollow and might irk you on longer

drives. The rear seats are firm and supportive, offering adequate

thigh support and legroom and good amounts of knee room; you won’t get

the same sense of space as rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz,

though. Frontal visibility for rear passengers is also not the best on

account of the large front seats. However, the provision of a front,

as well as rear armrest, is appreciated.Other notable equipment

include a tilt-and-telescopic steering adjust, automatically-dimming

rear-view mirror, cruise control, cooled glovebox, climate control,

rear AC vent, one-touch power windows and remote-controlled opening

and closing of windows. Certain features are prominently missing,

though, such as a rear camera and an engine start/stop button.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 

The new Skoda Rapid is available with both petrol and diesel engines.

The 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine in the Rapid now produces

5PS more power and the final output is 110PS.

 

Max power is also available 400revs lower in the range, although the

overall impact on outright performance isn’t noticeable but the spread

of power and torque throughout the range is likeable.The diesel unit

is a strong performer; it has 250Nm of torque from 1500rpm and revs

eagerly, too. The lively engine combined with the 7-speed DSG

transmission proved to be a potent package, as the quick gearbox

selected the right ratios to tackle whatever inclines that came our

way.

 

Besides the power surge, Rapid’s spec-sheet also registers a slight

increase of 0.06kmpl in the claimed fuel-efficiency, which now stands

at 21.72kmpl for the diesel automatic version

 

The 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine makes 105PS of maximum power between

5200-5250rpm and delivers 153Nm of maximum torque between

3750-3800rpm. Although power figures for both the engines are closely

spaced, the petrol engine doesn’t like to be hurried and gets quite

audible when pushing hard.

 

Since it’s not a rev-happy engine, it takes time to get into the max

power range and appears slower to 100kmph compared to its diesel

counterpart. On-papers, however, the manual petrol Rapid is quicker

than the manual diesel in the 0-100kmph run, albeit by just 0.1s.

 

On a positive note, the 1.6-litre, MPI engine has decent pull at the

bottom end of the rev-range although maximum torque is available at

3750rpm.It is, therefore,a good ambler for leisurely runs as it

doesn’t require frequent gear changes to maintain consistency.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING 

Skoda has definitely figured out the best balance when it comes to

setting up the suspension for Indian conditions. Barring the Laura

vRS, all Skoda models possess a fine balance between ride and handling

and the Rapid is no different. Ride quality is a bit on the firm side

but never gets intrusive unless you are traveling over real crater

like potholes. The sorted damping means handling is taken care of as

well and high speed endeavors are a piece of cake. The steering is

well weighted and gives reasonable amount of feel even at high speeds

and it’s a real joy throwing it around the corners.

 

SAFETY 

Talking about safety, Skoda India is offering ABS and dual front

airbags as standard across all the trims of the new Rapid. You also

get Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control with the DSG

transmission. Skoda has had a bad reputation in India when it comes to

after sales but they’ve come a long way in making the process

transparent and reliable. They are also offering 4 year service car

programme as standard with the new Rapid that covers 4 years warranty,

4 years of roadside assistance and an optional 4 year service package.

 

BOTTOMLINE 

Thanks to modern creature comforts, good ride and a powerful diesel

engine, Skoda has surely put forth a competitive package. It still has

the old cars robust build and material quality is really good too. So

in a way it should be just right for most buyers even if it might not

exceed expectations of some. Skoda is also revamping its after-sales

service and now has well thought offers for buyers. The Rapid is being

offered with a four-year warranty, road-side assist and maintenance

package, all-inclusive in the ex-showroom Delhi prices that start at

Rs 9.49 lakh. So the competitive pricing with added benefits does make

the updated Rapid a more lucrative buy.

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