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 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.




Swift and Agile



Company Facts & Financials


Number of Countries Installed
SAS has customers in 140 countries.

Total Worldwide Customer Sites
More than 70,000 business, government and university sites.

SAS Customers or their Affiliates Represent:
91 of the top 100 companies on the 2013 FORTUNE Global 500® list


Worldwide Employees
13,672  total employees

Breakdown by Geography
United States: 6,862
    World Headquarters (Cary, NC): 5,232
Canada: 321
Latin America: 465
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 3,814
Asia Pacific: 2,210


Worldwide Revenue
2013 Revenue: US$3.02 billion

Historical revenue data

sas revenue chart 2013


Reinvestment in R&D
2013 R&D investment: 25% of revenue

Executives in Canada

Carl Farrell

Carl Farrell

Executive Vice President, SAS Americas

Stuart Bowden

Stuart Bowden

Senior Vice President,
Operations and Finance of SAS Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean


Cameron Dow

Vice President, Marketing
SAS Canada and Latin America


Pat Finerty

Vice President, Alliance and Business Development, SAS Canada



Paul Lovell

Vice President of Professional Services, SAS Canada


Ron Reed

Vice President, Sales, SAS Canada


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

SAS Institute Timeline

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