There are 2.87 billion reasons SAS is not going away anywhere in the Big Data Analytics space. Yes , thats the revenue figures declared by them-http://www.sas.com/news/preleases/2012financials.html
Of course I have always wondered how much they earn from SAS Federal LLC ( which is a subsidary that caters to the lucrative and not very competitive analytics in Intelligence) and their revenue breakdown by Product ( how much did they earn by Base SAS licenses versus how much they earned by Cyber Security http://www.sas.com/industry/government/cybersecurity/index.html )
I wonder how many other analytics companies have even realized that they can help cut down the federal government costs ( or even have something close to this http://www.sas.com/industry/government/national-security/intelligence-management.html )
This year revenue breakdown was-
The Americas generated 47 percent of SAS’ total revenue; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 41 percent; and Asia Pacific 12 percent.
but last year
The Americas accounted for 46 percent of total revenue; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 42 percent; and Asia Pacific 12 percent
So Americas revenue grew faster than Europe revenues!Okay
The R Users of New Delhi met for the second time on Dec 15, 2012. We meet on the third Saturday of every month.
We talked on epidemiology using epi calc package ( we have 1 doctor and 1 bio statistician) , and Cloud Computing ( we have two IT guys) and Business Analytics. We also discussed the GUI , R Commander , Rattle, and Deducer for beginners and people transitioning to R from other analytics software. We also discussed the R for SAS and SPSS Users books, and R for Data Mining Book. The free book for R for Epidemiology ( http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Epicalc_Book.pdf ) was mentioned . Not bad for 1 hour.
We are currently unfunded and unsponsored , I hope to get some sponsors to give away R books to encourage users and group members (excluding my own). The only catch to join this meetup group, you either need to attend (and be local) or present something ( if you are not in Delhi)
I have been trying to get this group to go from Vector to Matrix to get a bigger sponsorship from Revolution , but I am constrained by meeting in a public cafe. That is due to change since we managed to get one sponsor for meeting place in Noida ( a Business School batchmate who owns his office)
Deadlines for applications are:
- March 31, 2013 for Matrix and Array level groups.
- September 30, 2013 for Vector level groups.
2013 Sponsorship Levels
The size of the annual grant depends on the size of your group.
||For groups that are:
||Annual Grant ($USD)
||Just getting started
||A group name, group webpage, and a focus on R. (Here are some tips on starting up a new R user group.)
||Smaller but established
||3 meetings in last 6 months with 30 attendees or more.
||Larger and groups
|| 3 meetings in last 6 months with 60 attendees or more.
Just working on the Hadoop on Amazon’s Time Sharing Platform ;)
Hopefully we will see some SAS, or SPSS or R up there soon .