Global HQ: Cary, North Carolina, US Website: www.sas.com
Global leader: Jim Goodnight, CEO
Local leader: Gordon Clubb, managing director, ANZ
Core activity: Business analytics software and services
Revenue: US$2.31 billion (FY2009, ended December 31)
Key customers: Bank of New Zealand, Telecom NZ, St George Bank, Telstra, China Customs, Citibank Singapore
Business intelligence and data analytics look set to continue on an upward trend. Market analyst IDC forecasts 7.2 percent compound annual growth of business analytics worldwide for the next five years. SAS, which has enjoyed ongoing growth even through the recession, plans to continue investing in research and development to improve flexibility and user configurability. In 2009, the company reinvested 23 percent of its revenue in research and development. SAS recently launched the SAS Enterprise GRC, addressing the rising need for integrating governance, risk and compliance. The product provides organisations with an integrated platform for collaboration between risk, compliance, audit and strategy teams. Ulrika Hedquist
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