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
I also liked the numerous case studies within the press release, I mean the rest of the technological community can learn why SAS communication team is still giving the best , most polished content. Seriously!
I didnt like the Data Viz here- doughnut charts are pretty and dough nuts are tasty, but line charts help explain things faster. Still no profitability ratios or expense breakdowns. Maybe that is too much to ask from a private company!
Overall, awesome year for the big boys of analytics, and I hope they grow the analytics and big data pie, even more in 2013. Here’s wishing you the best.