SAS achieves record revenue of $2.87 billion in 2012, up 5.4 percent over 2011

Big data analytics drives breakthrough results for customers

Tervuren, 12 February 2012

Business analytics leader SAS achieved record global revenue of US$2.87 billion in 2012. Dubbed big data analytics "powerhouse" by an independent research firm,1 SAS spent 2012 as it has the previous 36 profitable years: helping customers make precise, proactive, breakthrough decisions.

"In 2012, many companies began to rethink conventional ways of doing business when they realized big data analytics could deliver results almost instantaneously," said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. "When high-performance analytics can solve the world's toughest business problems thousands of times faster, there's no limit to what organizations can achieve."

Also in Belgium & Luxembourg SAS performed extremely well again. "The demand for big data solutions is still growing and we expect a further growth in 2013. Maybe more than ever, companies are searching for solutions to solve their business problems and to obtain business insight to increase sales, return on investments, and further strengthen their market position. With the introduction of SAS® Visual Analytics, a new big data analytics solution, we'll help them achieve this insight in a very attractive, quick, user-friendly and visual way...even on their mobile devices", explains Patrick Van Deven, country manager SAS BeLux.

BeLux highlights:

  • SAS BeLux achieved record new sales and customers in 2012. New customers were among others, Daikin, and Secrétariat Social Union des Classes Moyennes and Tango Luxembourg.
  • SAS BeLux is the leader in helping insurance companies comply with Solvency II.
  • SAS' customer Sanoma Media wins the Supply Chain Award 2012.
  • Belgian Federal Government uses SAS to fight fiscal and social fraud.
  • SAS Belgium cooperates with the Secrétariat Social Union des Classes Moyennes to make "BI in the cloud" available for SME's.
  • Number of employees increased by 5%. SAS BeLux recruited 15 new employees in 2012, bringing in a lot of business and industry expertise, important to advise our customers and help them solve customers' most pressing business challenges.
  • "Summer of SAS" becomes "SAS Certified Young Potentials". In 2013 the Summer of SAS program - introduced in 2007 -  will be updated to make use of the advantages of online training and to give even more students the opportunity to prepare for the job of the future; the one of data scientist. .
  • Strong, local ecosystem: the SAS Alliance program establishes powerful relationships with leading business and technology organizations. SAS strives to combine SAS' analytical software expertise with partners' high-level industry and domain knowledge in order to present a complete solution offering for joint customers.
  • Education and work environments coming together. With the SAS Academic Alliances program SAS supports and encourages the use of SAS software for educational and research purposes as well as for business purposes (internships, stages).

SAS Belgium # 1 Best Company to Work For in 2012

2012 was also a banner year for workplace culture recognition. Great Place to Work® named SAS No. 1 on its World's Best Multinational Workplaces list, capping a year in which SAS Belgium and SAS Sweden were also No. 1 on their countries' Best Companies to Work For lists. SAS, which has been ranked as one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For in the US every year since the list's 1998 inception, was a top workplace in 17 other countries. "The link is solid between SAS' financial performance and treating employees and customers well," Goodnight said. "When people feel trusted, the results are phenomenal. It's reflected in our commitment to innovation. It's deeply gratifying that we've created a great place to work, not just in the United States, but also worldwide."  Altogether, SAS increased its workforce by 7 percent, ending 2012 with 13,442 employees worldwide.

2013 outlook

SAS Visual Analytics quickly found traction after its worldwide launch and will remain a focus in 2013. The big data visualization tool was hailed by analysts as customers embraced the value of easy, self-service data exploration. In Belgium, Visual Analytics will be launched on 27 February.

Another one is SAS High-Performance Analytics which combines the speed of large scale in-memory software with the industry's most trusted advanced predictive analytics, offering near-real-time data mining, optimization, text mining and other features. SAS will also continue to emphasize industry-specific solutions, which are built on SAS' strong foundation of analytics and information management technologies. They help organizations unlock value and make better, faster business decisions.

Worldwide Highlights

  • SAS' 2012 predictive analytics offerings have momentum across industries and customer segments.
  • SAS' newest Visual Analytics, particularly well received and lauded by analysts in July, August and earlier this month, is a new way to explore large amounts of data in an instant.
  • Revenue grew worldwide despite continuing economic uncertainty in some regions. The Americas generated 47 percent of SAS' total revenue; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 41 percent; and Asia Pacific 12 percent.
  • In SAS' traditionally strong categories, such as analytics and business intelligence, increases outpaced the overall growth rate. Customer intelligence, fraud detection, risk management, and supply chain posted double-digit growth.
  • SAS continues to share its analytics expertise with partners globally: partnering yields results.
  • Demonstrating steadfast commitment to innovation and customer service, SAS reinvested 25 percent of 2012 revenue into research and development.

1 "Forrester Research, Inc., The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions, Q1 2013."


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