SAS Institute

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SAS Institute

legal form Corporation
founding 1976
Seat Cary (North Carolina) , USA
management James Goodnight
Number of employees about 13,939 (2018)
sales $ 3.27 billion (2018)
Branch Software developer
Status: 2018

SAS is a global analytics provider founded in 1976 and based in Cary , North Carolina , USA with sales of US $ 3.27 billion (2018). This makes SAS the largest privately owned software manufacturer.

Today, SAS focuses on the application fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and analytics. According to their own information, 96 of the largest 100 companies in the world use software from SAS.


SAS (the official name "SAS Institute" is no longer actively used by the company), unlike other large software companies, is privately owned. Owners are CEO James Goodnight and EPP John Sall.

SAS (originally for Statistical Analysis Systems) began as a project at the Department of Agriculture at North Carolina State University. The aim was to statistically determine the impact of soil conditions, weather and seed types on crop yields. On July 1, 1976, SAS was founded in offices across from the university. Since 1980, SAS has been headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

The German head office is in Heidelberg , the head office for Austria in Vienna and the head office for Switzerland in Wallisellen near Zurich .


The main product of SAS was originally the software of the same name for statistical analyzes, which is still widely used (current version 9.4, as of February 2020). This has resulted in an extensive product portfolio for the areas of data mining, data warehouse, business intelligence and, more recently, (business) analytics. SAS can be programmed with a programming language of the same name .

Today, SAS sees itself as a provider of analytical platforms that serve as the basis for specialist and industry solutions. In 2016, SAS Viya, a new platform complementary to SAS 9, came onto the market, which relies heavily on interoperability and collaboration as well as the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning thanks to its open architecture.

SAS software runs on almost all common hardware platforms. Numerous solutions from SAS are available in the cloud or as managed services.

SAS currently offers specialist solutions for the following areas:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • AI
  • Business Intelligence & Analytics
  • Cloud computing
  • Customer intelligence
  • Data management
  • Decision management
  • Fraud, AML & Security Intelligence
  • Hadoop
  • IoT
  • Performance management
  • Personal data protection
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain intelligence

SAS currently provides special solution packages for the following industries: banking, insurance, retail, energy suppliers, manufacturing, healthcare, universities, consumer goods, life sciences, media, medium-sized companies, public administration, oil and gas industry, travel & transport, sports, telecommunications , Defense & Security.

With JMP , SAS offers a separate statistics program package.


SAS is regularly rated by various international industry analysts, including

  • Gartner Group, for example: Vendor Rating 2019 ,
  • Forrester Research, for example: SAS as a "Leader" in The Forrester Wave Enterprise Marketing Software Suites
  • IDC, for example: Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Software 2018 Market Shares

According to IDC, the most important competitors are (depending on the area of ​​application):

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Salesforce
  • Adobe
  • Informatica

SAS in education

SAS has been intensively involved in higher education and training since the company was founded. The company currently provides analytics software as well as accompanying services and materials to students as well as educational institutions free of charge or at special conditions. One example of this is the online learning platform Curriculum Pathways .

See also

Web links

Commons : SAS Institute  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. [1] on the SAS homepage
  2. Company Overview Annual Report. (PDF) In: Company website. 2019, p. 21 , accessed on February 17, 2020 (English).
  3. Raman Chitkara, Mark McCaffrey: Global 100 Software Leaders. (pdf) Price Waterhouse Coopers, accessed on February 17, 2020 .
  4. SAS solutions. Retrieved on February 17, 2020 (German).
  5. Company Overview. Retrieved on February 17, 2020 (German).
  6. SAS Corporate Leadership ( English ) Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  7. How old is your version of SAS? Release dates for SAS software. Retrieved February 17, 2020 (American English).
  8. SAS Viya. Retrieved on February 17, 2020 (German).
  9. SAS & Cloud Computing. Retrieved on February 17, 2020 (German).
  10. SAS solutions. Retrieved on February 17, 2020 (German).
  11. Vendor Rating: SAS. In: Gartner Group. Retrieved February 17, 2020 .
  12. Joe Stanhope. Mary Pilecki, Robert Perdoni, Christine Turley: The Forrester Wave ™: Enterprise Marketing Software Suites, Q3 2019. In: Forrester Group. 2019, accessed on February 17, 2020 .
  13. a b Dan Vesset, Chandana Gopal, Carl W. Olofson, Stewart Bond, Maureen Fleming, David thrust flour: Worldwide Big Data and Analytics Software 2018 Market Shares: Demand Across All use case patterns. In: IDC. 2018, accessed on February 17, 2020 .