Sunday, September 14, 2008

SAS Global

Last week, at a business event in Mumbai, India, SAS announced an expanded partnerships with two of the world's largest outsourcers, Tata Consulting Services (TCS) and Wipro. SAS is the largest of the privately-held BI vendors (see blogs on Information Builders as well) with over $2 billion in annual revenue. Today, that is twice the size of Cognos, which was recently acquired by IBM.

TCS reports that 10% of their almost $6 billion dollar revenue comes from their BI practice. As part of the announcement, TCS says that they will speed up their consultant training on SAS. Likewise, Wipro says that they will expand the Global Center for Excellence on SAS from 300 to 700 trained SAS consultants.

The day before this announcement from Mumbai, SAS had released a statement about their global growth:

SAS is experiencing its fastest rate of revenue growth in the emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Latin America. In 2007, SAS revenue grew 28 percent in Brazil, nearly 50 percent in India, almost 60 percent in Russia and 67 percent in China. It’s no secret that the BI and analytics sectors of the software market are growing faster than the market as a whole. Worldwide BI platform software revenue exceeded $5.1 billion in 2007, a 13 percent increase from 2006, according to a June 2008 report from analyst firm Gartner.

In business since 1976, SAS achieved $2.15 billion in 2007 annual revenues, up 15% from the previous year. SAS says that "intense demand for business analytics -- BI, analytics and data integration -- propelled this growth."

“As companies become more global, they look to the next generation of software solutions to help them optimize revenue, increase customer loyalty and satisfaction, and enhance competitiveness,” said Mikael Hagström, SAS’ Executive Vice President for EMEA and Asia Pacific. “BI and analytics are increasingly the answer, whether in mature markets like Western Europe and North America or rapidly emerging markets like India, China, Russia and Brazil.”

The activity in Mumbai doesn't mean that SAS ignores American workers. Just the opposite; SAS has always been a favorite career spot for IT professionals.

SAS’ recognition of employee value drives the company to offer such amenities as onsite child care, an eldercare information and referral program, an onsite healthcare center, wellness programs, a 58,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center with natatorium, an extensive package of benefits and many other work/life programs. The policies derive from the employee-focused philosophy behind SAS’ famed corporate culture: if you treat employees as if they make a difference to the company, they will make a difference to the company. With one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry, SAS is reaping the rewards of its work/life programs and family-friendly policies.

In addition to experienced individuals already in the workforce, SAS is helping to address our youth's declining interest in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and math). SAS pre-empted the Mumbai announcements with one about training American high school students in their products. After a successful pilot at a North Carolina high school, SAS is expanding a training program to 9 other high schools and will make the material available throughout the United States in 2009. SAS will train qualified high school teachers at their headquarters in Cary, NC.

SAS skills are in high demand by companies, governments and organizations worldwide that use SAS to analyze huge amounts of data to make better decisions. SAS careers vary from entry-level programmers to executive positions requiring data warehousing, data mining and analytical expertise. The biggest demand is currently in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries, which use SAS in research and development, marketing, fraud detection and clinical trials. Students who graduate high school with SAS knowledge carry a distinct advantage into post-secondary education, where SAS is used in many college courses requiring quantitative analysis, such as psychology, statistics, mathematics, business, and public health.

The around-the-world activities of SAS represent a microcosm of our global business macrocosm. SAS is global because the rest of the world is global. With companies openly considering North America as a "mature market," attention is turned to "emerging" countries such as India and China. Americans must work to avoid our growth cycle from going to "maturity" to "decline."

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