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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 80,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.
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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.


Worldwide Employees
13,873 total employees

Breakdown by Geography
United States: 7,008
    World Headquarters (Cary, NC): 5,460
Canada: 327
Latin America: 437
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 3,764
Asia Pacific: 2,337


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


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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