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 used at more than 75,000 sites in 138 countries, including 93 of the top 100 companies on the 2014 Fortune Global 500® list.

SAS has been recognised again as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013.

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Company Facts & Financials


Number of Countries Installed
SAS has customers in 138 countries.

Total Worldwide Customer Sites
More than 75,000 business, government and university sites.

SAS Customers or their Affiliates Represent:
93 of the top 100 companies on the 2014 FORTUNE Global 500® list


Worldwide Employees
13,697  total employees

Breakdown by Geography
United States: 6,959
    World Headquarters (Cary, NC): 5,335
Canada: 311
Latin America: 472
Europe, Middle East and Africa: 3,754
Asia Pacific: 2,201


Worldwide Revenue
2015 Revenue: US$3.16 billion

Historical revenue data

SAS Annual Revenue 1976 - 2014

Reinvestment in R&D
2015 R&D investment: 25% of revenue


SAS (pronounced "sass") once stood for "statistical analysis system." It began at North Carolina State University as a project to analyze agricultural research. Demand for such software capabilities began to grow, and SAS was founded in 1976 to help customers in all sorts of industries – from pharmaceutical companies and banks to academic and governmental entities.

SAS – both the software and the company – thrived throughout the next few decades. Development of the software attained new heights in the industry because it could run across all platforms, using the multivendor architecture for which it is known today. While the scope of the company has spread across the globe, the encouraging and innovative corporate culture has remained the same.

Explore each era of our company history through various photos and descriptions of how SAS came to be.

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