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SAS: The Power Of Software And Data

November 18, 2013

We all know that if we could analyze data correctly there can be many information, insights, and solutions that can be derived. The problem is there could be a huge amount of data and this must be properly stored, managed and analyzed in a relatively fast and efficient manner. Computer programs or more commonly known today as software has come into the picture to help sort the data out in a more meaningful way.

One company that has demonstrated the power of software and data is SAS. The company origin goes back to the 1960s with a research project led by James Goodnight and Anthony J. Barr at the North Carolina State University. The objective of the project was to analyze agricultural data coming from the United States Department of Agriculture in order to increase crop output.

There were eight land-grant universities which formed a consortium that comprised the University Statisticians of the Southern Experiment Stations. This was basically funded by USDA coming from a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). When NIH stopped funding in 1972 the consortium members contributed money to keep developing and maintaining the system.

The project had more than 100 clients by 1976 and the four leaders of the SAS (statistical analysis system) project left the university to found SAS Institute. The company now owns the largest market share for advanced analytics and is one of the largest private software companies in the world. It develops and markets is software (also known as SAS), which assists companies gather, store, access, analyze and report on corporate data which help in decision making.

Today around 79 percent of Fortune 500 companies use SAS’ software. Around 90 of the top one hundred companies in Fortune 500 use SAS. The firm which is based in Cary, North Carolina has more than 13,000 employees in over 400 SAS offices offering local, hands-on-support for customers whenever and wherever they need it.

The fact that many of its customers are repeat users indicates the usefulness of its services.

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