Inc. Magazine recognizes SAS with Best In Business award

Analytics leader awarded gold medal for positive impact on industry and society   

SAS has been awarded the gold medal in the software industry category as part of Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list, which celebrates companies making the biggest impact on their communities, their industries, the environment or society as a whole. SAS was recognized for its COVID-19 analytics response, efforts assisting hospitals and governments around the world, as well as its deforestation identification project. SAS’ work was showcased among Five of the Most Meaningful Business Moments of 2020.

“This year, it was more important than ever for us to lend our technologies and talents to the greater good,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “We are honored to receive this recognition from Inc., which is a testament to our innovative culture and passionate employees who always find ways to use our technology to improve our world.”

As COVID-19 began to spread, SAS used analytics to help monitor, predict and combat the outbreak. Working with hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic, SAS helped create forecasting platforms to predict impact and optimize critical resources. SAS epidemiology models were also used to inform data-driven policies around the world, and free virtual learning opportunities and software trials helped thousands of people analyze potential impact of the disease.

SAS is also recognized for its collaborative work with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), which combines the power of the crowd and the computer to help track, and ultimately fight, deforestation. To date, citizen scientists around the world have helped review over 60,000 satellite images of the Amazon rainforest, covering over 560,000 square kilometers, to better train existing AI models spotting deforestation.

"It's been an incredibly challenging year for companies,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty. That's why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For Best in Business, companies have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black.”

Honorees were judged on achievements made over the past year and their ability to make a positive difference in the world. The final list highlights companies across industries – from finance to fashion – and of every age – from startup to long-standing industry leaders.

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