What About SAS? - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
4/12/2005
05:02 PM
Ted Kemp
Ted Kemp
Commentary
50%
50%

What About SAS?

SAS has been known for high-end data analysis software for years. Now it wants to be known as a business intelligence vendor.

When you hear "SAS," what do you think? It seems nobody can write an article about the company without using the phrase "world's largest privately held software company," which is, in fact, what SAS happens to be. I grew up in North Carolina, and I happen to know that in and around Raleigh, SAS is considered a company that offers employee benefits that are considered opulent by local standards. OK, so that's two things. But how about being known as a business intelligence vendor? That, it seems, is how SAS would like to known more than anything else these days.

As a story we're running from InformationWeek's Rick Whiting makes clear, the new release of SAS's BI Enterprise Server might just get the $1.5 billion company perceived exactly as it wants to be--as a big-time BI vendor. As Whiting says, "The new BI Server release, available now for developers and consumers of business intelligence reports, now includes online analytical processing capabilities and new report linking and scheduling features. The server also now provides geographic visualization capabilities through integration with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.'s ArcGIS geographical information software."

Most IT pros, if they think of SAS at all, think about hugely complex analytics for science and financial data. But that's changing. SAS is putting out the call: It's in the same market as Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion and the other pure-plays now. And it's there to stay.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
11 Things IT Professionals Wish They Knew Earlier in Their Careers
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  4/6/2021
News
Time to Shift Your Job Search Out of Neutral
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/31/2021
Commentary
Does Identity Hinder Hybrid-Cloud and Multi-Cloud Adoption?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  4/1/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Successful Strategies for Digital Transformation
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll