About SAS

Giving you The Power to Know® since 1976

Some people see data as facts and figures. But it’s more than that. It’s the lifeblood of your business. It tells the history of your organisation. And it’s trying to tell you something.

SAS helps you make sense of the message. As the leader in business analytics software and services, SAS transforms your data into insights that give you a fresh perspective on your business. You can identify what’s working. Fix what isn’t. And discover new opportunities.

We help organisations turn large amounts of data into knowledge they can use, and we do it better than anyone. It’s no wonder an overwhelming majority of customers continue to use SAS year after year. We believe it’s because we hire great people to create great software and services.


SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 75,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.


SAS delivers proven solutions that drive innovation and improve performance.




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Company Facts & Financials


Number of Countries Installed
SAS has customers in 140 countries.

Total Worldwide Customer Sites
Our software is installed at more than 75,000 business, government and university sites.

Fortune Global 500® Customers
93 of the top 100 companies on the 2014 Fortune Global 500® are SAS customers.


Worldwide Employees
13,811 total employees

Breakdown by Geography
United States: 7,211
    World Headquarters (Cary, NC): 5,479
Canada: 323
Latin America: 468
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 3,561
Asia Pacific: 2,248


Worldwide Revenue
2014 Revenue: US$3.09 billion

Historical revenue data

SAS Annual Revenue 1976 - 2014

Reinvestment in R&D
2014 R&D investment: 23% of revenue


Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer

Jim Goodnight

Chief Executive Officer

Regional Tan Yen Yen, Vice President and Managing Director, SAS South Asia

Tan Yen Yen

Regional Vice President and Managing Director, SAS South Asia

David Bowie

David Bowie

Managing Director, SAS Australia and New Zealand

John Sall

John Sall

Co-founder and Executive Vice President

Armistead Sapp

Armistead Sapp

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Keith Collins

Keith Collins

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Carl Farrell

Carl Farrell

Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

John Boswell

John Boswell

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Jennifer Mann

Jennifer Mann

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Donald Parker

Don Parker

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


SAS (pronounced "sass") once stood for "statistical analysis system," and began at North Carolina State University as a project to analyse agricultural research. As demand for such software grew, SAS was founded in 1976 to help all sorts of customers –  from pharmaceutical companies and banks to academic and governmental entities.

SAS – both the software and company – thrived throughout the next few decades. Development of the software attained new heights in the industry by being able to run across all platforms, using the multivendor architecture for which it is known today. While the scope of the company spread across the globe, the encouraging and innovative corporate culture remained the same.

Explore each era of company history through various photos and descriptions of how SAS came to be.

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