SAS(R) Forecast Server boosts customer experience and ROI; predictive analytics software receives Communications Solutions magazine product of the year award

CARY, N.C., July 26, 2006--SAS(R) Forecast Server earned a Product of the Year award from the editors of Technology Marketing Corporation's Communications Solutions magazine. Each year the magazine bestows the award on companies that have demonstrated excellence in technological advancement and application refinements. Only the year's most significant new product releases are selected.

"We're pleased that SAS Forecast Server is receiving this Product of the Year award its first year out," said Mike Gilliland, Forecasting Product Marketing Manager at SAS. "SAS Forecast Server helps companies automate and improve forecasting so decision makers can anticipate and meet customer demand, enhance supply chain efficiencies, and boost profitability."

"SAS won this award after demonstrating to the editors of Communications Solutions that Forecast Server goes the distance to help improve both the customer experience and the ROI for the companies that use it," said Rich Tehrani, TMC President and Group Editor-in-Chief of Communications Solutions.

SAS Forecast Server, SAS' patent-pending forecasting offering, helps companies save money and time by improving the accuracy of forecasts and the manageability of the overall forecast process. This latest forecasting offering from SAS includes large-scale, automated forecasting as well as time series mining to uncover time-related patterns and trends. Its interactive GUI brings the power of SAS' renowned forecasting and analytical capabilities to even the novice forecaster. SAS Forecast Server is built on SAS(R)9, ( a set of integrated software for business intelligence, data integration, optimization and predictive analytics.

Already a favorite with uses, SAS(R) Forecast Server was previously named one of the "Trend-Setting Products of the Year for 2005" by KMWorld magazine.

"Today's organizations must focus on the efficiency of all their processes, including forecasting," added Gilliland. "With the new SAS Forecast Server technologies, organizations can automate forecasting to an unprecedented scale. This results in more effective use of management resources and better forecasts."

About TMC

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About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence 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 traditional business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know(R).

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