Big data analytics drives breakthrough results for customers, revenue
milestone for SAS
TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Business analytics leader SAS achieved record global revenue of US$2.87 billion in 2012.
Dubbed big data analytics "powerhouse" by an independent research firm,1 SAS spent 2012 as it has the previous 36 profitable years: helping
customers make precise, proactive, breakthrough decisions.
"In 2012, many companies began to rethink conventional ways of doing
business when they realized big data analytics could deliver results
almost instantaneously," said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. "When
high-performance analytics can solve the world's toughest business
problems thousands of times faster, there's no limit to what
organizations can achieve."
SAS' 2012 predictive analytics offerings have momentum across industries
and customer segments. SAS® Visual Analytics, particularly well received and lauded by analysts in July, August and earlier this month, is a new way to explore large amounts of data in an instant.
2012 was also a banner year for workplace culture recognition. Great
Place to Work® named SAS No. 1 on its World's Best Multinational Workplaces list, capping a year in which SAS Belgium and SAS Sweden were also No.
1 on their countries' Best Companies to Work For lists. SAS, which has
been ranked as one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For in the US
every year since the list's 1998 inception, was a top workplace in 17
"The link is solid between SAS' financial performance and treating
employees and customers well," Goodnight said. "When people feel
trusted, the results are phenomenal. It's reflected in our commitment
to innovation. It's deeply gratifying that we've created a great place
to work, not just in the United States, but also worldwide."
Demonstrating steadfast commitment to innovation and customer service,
SAS reinvested 25 percent of 2012 revenue into research and
development. Altogether, SAS increased its workforce by 7 percent,
ending 2012 with 13,442 employees worldwide.
INCREASES ACROSS REGIONS, CATEGORIES
Revenue grew worldwide despite continuing economic uncertainty in some
regions. The Americas generated 47 percent of SAS' total revenue;
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 41 percent; and Asia Pacific 12
SAS Canada achieved another successful year increasing new software
revenue by 11 per cent over 2011. In addition to strong financial
results, the company was recognized for its exceptional workplace
culture, being ranked No. 2 on The Great Place to Work Institute's Best Workplaces in Canada list. SAS Canada is celebrating a significant milestone this year: the
25th anniversary of the opening of its country office in Canada, which
reflects the company's ongoing strength in the Canadian market and the
increasing popularity of business analytics tools. To support its
ongoing growth, the company plans to invest in top talent by increasing
its workforce by more than 10 per cent across the country.
"SAS Canada is proud to be celebrating a quarter century of operations
in Canada. This milestone demonstrates our commitment and proven track
record in assisting our Canadian businesses and government customers
achieve success," said Carl Farrell, President of SAS Canada and
Executive Vice President of SAS Americas. "SAS Canada continues to be
the analytics provider of choice, which is reflected by our strong 11
per cent gain in new software revenue. In 2013, we will continue to
invest in our core offerings across Analytics, Customer Intelligence,
Fraud, Information Management and Risk as companies coast to coast
realize the benefits of using business analytics to solve increasingly
complex challenges. As well, we will expand our expertise in Big Data
technologies such as our industry-leading High-Performance Analytics
and Visual Analytics solutions, which are making it possible for
companies to gain valuable insight from the deluge of data that is
becoming increasingly challenging for many to handle with traditional
In SAS' traditionally strong categories, such as analytics and business
intelligence, increases outpaced the overall market growth rate.
Customer intelligence, fraud detection, risk management, and supply
chain posted double-digit growth. SAS Solutions OnDemand revenue jumped
15 percent, indicating customers' trust in software-as-a-service (SaaS)
and enterprise hosting solutions from SAS. Revenue in the
communications, education, energy and utilities, financial services,
health care, hospitality and travel, life sciences, manufacturing,
public security and retail industries all grew.
SAS® ANALYTICS DELIVERS RESULTS
SAS helps organizations everywhere harness data to provide insights that
improve lives and business results. For example:
Bank of America's Corporate Investment Group reduced the time required to process risk
models, loan scores and loss forecasts, allowing more time to pursue
new growth opportunities.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina helps hospitals identify and intervene with patients most likely to be
Singapore banking giant DBS spares 350,000 customers yearly the hassle of empty ATMs by
understanding transaction patterns for each of its 1,350 ATMs.
DSW knows which shoes to stock in specific locations to avoid stock-outs
and markdowns, keeping customers satisfied and profits looking good.
eBay's Dutch operation uses predictive analytics to improve every aspect of
the user experience.
The Hong Kong Efficiency Unit turns complaints into smart strategies that boost public satisfaction
and improve citizens' quality of life.
HP turns 2.5 billion customer transactions into insights that produce 20
percent incremental ROI across marketing campaigns.
The Orlando Magic rivals the highest earners in the National Basketball Association,
despite its smaller market.
PSKW grew 140 percent three years running by being the only pharmaceutical
marketer to analyze how coupons affect prescribing rates, helping
branded drugs maintain market share against generic rivals.
T-Mobile reduced churn by strengthening ties with influencers.
Leaders in Italy's Valle d'Aosta region make more informed decisions about public finances.
West Midlands Police - the UK's second-largest force - proved that cleaner data equals less
ACQUISITION BRINGS ADVANCED ANALYTICS TO DIGITAL ADVERTISING
SAS acquires companies to enhance its offerings. In 2012, SAS acquired aiMatch's cloud-based ad server technology that helps publishers sell and
manage online ad inventory. SAS' advanced analytics combined with
aiMatch's technology lets publishers manage, forecast, optimize and
measure ad inventory to maximize ad revenue.
PARTNERING YIELDS RESULTS
SAS continues to share its analytics expertise with partners globally.
Teaming with leaders like Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, EMC
Greenplum, IBM and Teradata, SAS provides superior analytics to
customers including eBay, Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services, Cardinal Health, Australia's Medibank, UK tax authority HM Revenue & Customs, and India's Maharashtra Tax Department.
SAS Visual Analytics quickly found traction after its March 2012 launch
and will remain a focus in 2013. The big data visualization tool was
hailed by analysts as customers embraced the value of easy,
self-service data exploration. Creditreform, Cosmos Bank, Hong Kong
Efficiency Unit, the Internal Revenue Service, SM Marketing
Convergence, XL Group and others use SAS Visual Analytics to derive
insight from their data.
SAS expects the demand for business insight from big data to increase
through 2013. SAS High-Performance Analytics Server combines the speed
of large scale in-memory software with the industry's most trusted
advanced predictive analytics, offering near-real-time data mining,
optimization, text mining and other features.
SAS will continue to emphasize industry-specific solutions, which are
built on SAS' strong foundation of analytics and information management
technologies. They help organizations unlock value and make better, faster business decisions.
"Dramatic reductions in processing times have bolstered new offerings
such as visual analytics and high-performance applications for
business. We're also designing and distributing these innovations on
iPads and Android devices," said SAS Senior Vice President and Chief
Marketing Officer Jim Davis. "Our value proposition has never been
1 "Forrester Research, Inc., The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Predictive
Analytics Solutions, Q1 2013."
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the
business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps
customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver
value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving
customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2013, the Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in
operation since 1988. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs more than
300 people across the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto,
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