SAS in leaders quadrant for Gartner business intelligence platforms magic quadrant

CARY, N.C., January 30, 2007--SAS, the leader in business intelligence, has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for the “Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q07”[1] report. According to Gartner, “Leaders are vendors that are reasonably strong in the breadth and depth of their BI platform capabilities, and can deliver on enterprisewide implementations that support a broad BI strategy. Leaders articulate a business proposition that resonates with buyers, supported by the viability and operational capability to deliver on a global basis.”

“SAS Business Intelligence is fast, simple and complete, driven by getting the right information to the right people at the right time for better decision making and competitive advantage,” said Jim Davis, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at SAS. “SAS Business Intelligence supplies our customers with a single, comprehensive solution that uses powerful, forward-looking analytics to help them see what's coming and what they need to do next.”

SAS offers the most comprehensive business intelligence (BI) platform in the industry by optimally integrating individual technology components within an existing IT infrastructure into a single, unified system. The result is an information flow that transcends organizational silos, diverse computing platforms and niche tools to deliver new insights that drive value for the organization.

SAS’ comprehensive suite of analytics software helps enterprises reduce uncertainty, predict with precision and optimize performance. SAS’ full breadth of analytics offerings include statistics, data & text mining, model management & deployment, forecasting, econometrics, quality improvement and operations research.

SAS is deeply committed to the success of its customers, annually investing at least 24 percent of revenues into research and development. With a proven, 30-year track record of delivering quality solutions, SAS today has customers at more than 40,000 business, government and university sites in 112 countries.

Business intelligence customers today demand solutions with very specific, easy-to-use capabilities that address issues unique to their industries. SAS has responded with a wide variety of vertical solutions, including anti-money laundering, credit risk management and fraud detection software for the financial services industry; price, promotion and markdown optimization software for retailers; and applications that streamline the clinical trials process for customers in the life sciences.

[1] Gartner Research. “Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q07,” by K. Schlegel, B. Hostmann and A. Bitterer. Jan. 26, 2007.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted Jan. 26, 2007 by Gartner, Inc. and is 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 intelligence and analytics software and services. Customers at 40,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight into vast amounts of data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products. Only SAS offers leading data integration, intelligence storage, advanced analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.

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