Intel has made another push for businesses to adopt Wi-Fi and in particular its Centrino chipset in an alliance with business intelligence software manufacturer SAS.

The two companies have announced they will work together to make SAS’ heavy duty software available to execs using wireless networks so they can pick up business reports and customer data while on the road.

Previously, the server-based software was only accessible on company desktops and was largely limited to specialists. However, the wireless-friendly version will mean sales data for example can be picked up and analysed by anyone with the right authorisation.

The system will also be connection and system-independent and enable execs to work on figures while offline “thus moving decision making closer to customer interaction points and allowing users to make faster, better informed decisions with confidence," a release stated.

The announcement is just part of Intel's drive to point out why wireless networks may be extremely useful to businesses. And of course why they need Intel's wireless chipset to realise all these advantages.

Keith Collins, CTO at SAS had this to say on the announcement: "As organisations strive for increased profitability and growth, the pressure is on to provide faster, better information to decision makers. [This deal will offer] faster access to SAS capabilities using the latest Intel-based technology - people will have faster access to information at a lower cost.”

Not to be outdone, Intel VP Mike Fisterr chipped in: "SAS and Intel, working together, have brought business analytics to a new level with this combination of business intelligence, processing power and mobile decision making."

SAS’ Intelligence Architecture is a mix of applications that enables raw data to be turned into meaningful figures. The market for such software remains relatively small but is rapidly expanding. SAS remains a bit player at the moment against such companies as Actuate and Cognos but the Intel deal should see it jump a few places in the next year or two.

Intel also took the opportunity to announce its new VoIP middleware that is designed to work with Microsoft’s Speech Server.