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SAS® Solutions OnDemand mark 10-year anniversary in the ‘cloud’


Leader in business analytics pioneers hosted delivery of powerful enterprise applications

CARY, NC - A decade ago, when software-as-a-service was emerging, business analytics leader SAS recognized that some customers might prefer off-premise software alternatives.

Rising and unpredictable infrastructure costs were a concern. Deploying critical applications was time-consuming, and maintenance burdened traditional on-premise implementations. But software running on remote computers, accessed through a network and maintained by the provider – generally known as cloud computing – answered the call. SAS started rolling out its SAS Solutions OnDemand in 2000.

A decade and two economic downturns later at SAS’ advanced computing center, SAS Solutions OnDemand serves more than 100 corporate clients, including multinational firms in the United States, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and Japan.

Clients include Chico’s, Restoration Hardware, Los Angeles County, NeuroSearch, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Norfolk Line, the state of North Carolina, Shire plc and others.

“Enterprises have long sought ways to control infrastructure costs. At the same time they need to be able to quickly deploy new capabilities. While these two requirements might seem at odds, in fact they come together in the cloud computing delivery model,” said Ovum Senior Analyst Vuk Trifkovic. “SAS has been able to meet these needs for numerous customers who have in some cases later moved to an on-premise deployment as requirements changed.”

The 18-member SAS OnDemand product family continues to expand. The most recent addition, SAS Social Media Analytics, joins offerings such as SAS OnDemand: Suspect Claims Detection, SAS OnDemand: Anti-Money Laundering and SAS OnDemand: Drug Development.

McKesson, ranked No. 14 on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the largest companies, uses SAS OnDemand for marketing analysis, clinical analysis and industry analytics involving all types of reporting functions. The health care services and information technology company has experienced an information evolution with SAS Solutions OnDemand where analysts can now explore, create, refine and test new concepts.

“With SAS OnDemand, we are doing more with fewer assets,” said Stephen Buck, Vice President of Analytic Services at McKesson. “Instead of managing infrastructure, our organization spends more time providing real business benefit, including analysis of customer loyalty drivers and interventional treatment programs. And the SAS OnDemand solution was up and providing value in less than two months.”
Ahead of the game

While the hosted application market is still developing, SAS OnDemand long ago addressed customers’ major concern.

“Our SAS OnDemand customers know that SAS is up to the challenge of data security,” said Matthew Mikell, SAS OnDemand Marketing Manager. “Many of our customers, representing all major industries across 74 countries, maintain more than 30 terabytes of data in our secure, hosted environment.

“SAS Solutions OnDemand customers are also assured of a smooth upgrade path as their businesses evolve,” said Mikell. “As a company grows, it can easily add users, data sources or capacity without confronting a major upgrade. And customers can always choose to migrate to an on-premise model if their needs change.”

One SAS Solutions OnDemand offering, SAS® EVAAS K-12, used to evaluate schooling effectiveness and student growth, reached its 1 millionth login in 2009. SAS® OnDemand for Academics has had more than 4,000 college and university users in statistics, economics, and finance programs.

To meet customer needs for SAS Solutions OnDemand, SAS announced last year it was investing $70 million in a new cloud computing facility expected to open during 2010.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know®


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