The purpose of this report is to present the findings of an analysis which was conducted on SAS (statistical analysis software) in order to make a buying recommendation to the organization for the best BI (Business Intelligence) software package. Business intelligence can be a tremendously valuable tool for organizations such as ours when it is used properly. The ability to look at the results from the analysis of actual business data and make decisions is critical for our success. This will give our managers the ability to make decisions based on fact instead of educated guesses and theories. SAS’s BI software will provide our organization with the ability to surmount today's challenges and make the most of tomorrow's opportunities by aiding us in achieving our short-term and long-term goals and in gaining maximum returns from our information assets.
Presentation and Discussion
SAS, founded in 1976, is the leader in business analytics software which consists of data integration, business analytics (science of analysis), and query and reporting. They are the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market which helps customers at 45,000 sites in 109 countries, including 91 of the top 100 FORTUNE Global 500. Simply put; SAS aids companies in making better informed decisions, much faster. SAS customers receive a full collection of support services at no additional cost, including telephone technical support and unlimited 24 hour online technical support. SAS’s revenue growth in every year since their inception makes them a well established company to seriously consider having as a business partner. This large amount of revenue gives them the ability to reinvest a large percentage in R&D (Research and Development) each year. In 2007 they re-invested 21% which was twice the industry average. This substantial investment in R&D ensures that SAS will continually strive to improve their products and solutions. The aforementioned products...
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