1988: SAS Canada opens as a subsidiary of the SAS Institute in Toronto, operating with just two employees.
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 organization. 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 organizations 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 148 countries.
Total Worldwide Customer Sites
Our software is installed at more than 80,000 business, government and university sites.
Fortune Global 500® Customers
91 of the top 100 companies on the 2015 Fortune Global 500® are SAS customers.
14,029 total employees
Breakdown by Geography
United States: 7,092
World Headquarters (Cary, NC): 5,565
Latin America: 441
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 3,716
Asia Pacific: 2,439
Reinvestment in R&D
2015 R&D investment: 25% of revenue
SAS (pronounced "sass") once stood for "statistical analysis system," and began at North Carolina State University as a project to analyze 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.
About SAS Canada
In 1988, SAS opened its physical operation in Canada. SAS (Canada) has many long-standing customer relationships and recently celebrated 25th anniversaries with RBC, Bell Canada, CIBC and BMO. SAS Canada employs industry experts to ensure that our business solutions align and solve our customers’ business problems. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS Canada employs more than 300 people across the country at its Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto offices.
The SAS Canada headquarters at 280 King Street East is Canada’s first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified new commercial office building. Awarded LEED Silver certification, the building meets all of LEED Canada’s criteria for environmentally innovative building methods. In 2008, the SAS Canada building consumed over 65% less energy than the equivalent typical Ontario office building. It continues to serve as a model both for City of Toronto planners and other companies interested in green architecture.
SAS Canada Timeline
1991: SAS Canada expands to the Quebec market to service the French Canadian market.
1993: SAS Canada expands into Canada's capital and opens its Ottawa office.
1995: SAS Canada expands its footprint in Western Canada to service the region’s industries. In addition to their operations in Calgary, SAS has offices in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
1997: SAS Canada continues to enjoy success in the business intelligence market solidifying customer wins with Canada’s leading banks, retailers, energy providers, telecommunication and government organizations. The organization continues to hire to support their sales, marketing, professional services and business development efforts.
2000: SAS Canada celebrates hiring 150th employee.
2004: SAS Canada acquires Risk Advisory - a Calgary based organization providing Enterprise Commodity Risk Aggregation and Analytics solutions-has been operating in Calgary since 1995. SAS’ acquisition of Risk Advisory blended market leading CTRM solutions with SAS’ integrated business analytics and data framework, providing customers with new insight to their risk management and commodity trading strategies.
2005: Outgrowing Toronto's original office space on Bay Street, SAS Canada’s corporate headquarters opens at 280 King Street East. That same year, SAS Canada's headquarters are also awarded Real Estate Excellence Award (REX) for Office Development of the Year.
2008: The SAS Canada headquarters at 280 King Street East is recognized Canada’s first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified new commercial office building. Awarded LEED Silver certification, the building meets all of LEED Canada’s criteria for environmentally innovative building methods. It continues to serve as a model both for City of Toronto planners and other companies interested in green architecture as SAS Canada continues to generate public recognition for its leadership in corporate sustainability practices.
2013: SAS celebrates 25 years of business in Canada.