SAS a Leader in 2011 Integrated Marketing Management Magic Quadrant

Brussels, November 2011

Business analytics software provider SAS, a leader in integrated marketing management, announced today it has been placed in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner Inc.’s latest report, "Magic Quadrant for Integrated Marketing Management1

Gartner defines leaders in integrated marketing management as: “Leaders in the IMM market have clients that have adopted their solutions as the primary vendor and platform to support all marketing roles and functions. These vendors deliver breadth and depth of integrated marketing functionality. Leaders successfully articulate business propositions that resonate with marketing buyers, particularly CMOs and marketing executives. Emphasis is placed on MPM and process integration across marketing.”

“The integration of people, processes and technology to drive ROMI (Return on Marketing Investment) is the true value proposition underlying IMM (formerly known as EMM). By 2014, companies that develop an IMM strategy will deliver a 50 percent higher ROMI than those that don't,” according to another Gartner report.2

In February 2011 SAS announced the acquisition of Assetlink, a highly-regarded provider of Marketing Resource Management (MRM) software. A key impetus behind this acquisition was to add planning, management and marketing operations capabilities to SAS’ broad analytics-based customer intelligence suite to help companies adopt an integrated marketing management process. SAS, a pioneer in marketing performance management, is one of the only IMM vendors that can tie both together in an integrated platform to drive performance improvements throughout the entire marketing organization.

Vendors had to demonstrate proficiency across three areas that support the executional, operational and analytical closed loop marketing process. SAS, recognized by Gartner as a leader in CRM Multichannel Campaign Management3 also, continues to tightly integrate campaign management activities with other SAS® solutions, such as social media and online analytics, to provide a holistic view of the business that can help organizations achieve profitable revenue growth.

“We believe SAS’ placement in this report reflects our deep investment and profound impact on marketers over the last decade with our customer intelligence solutions, which is one of SAS’ core capabilities,” said Wilson Raj, SAS Global Product Marketing Principal for Customer Intelligence. “Against a recessionary landscape, SAS has powerful solutions to help CMOs innovate while driving operational excellence to deliver profits.”
‘SAS drives Return On Marketing Investment through an holistic orchestration of proven marketing solutions’, concludes Laurens Spigt, Business Development Manager Customer Intelligence SAS Belgium & Luxembourg.

SAS Customer Intelligence is the most comprehensive suite of integrated enterprise marketing solutions available on the market today. Solutions include SAS for Customer Experience Analytics, SAS Digital Marketing, SAS Marketing Automation, SAS Marketing Optimization, and SAS Real-Time Decision Manager.


About The Magic Quadrant
The Gartner Magic Quadrants are copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc., and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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