SAS taking governments to the 'cloud,' adding jobs

Posted December 21, 2010

— Software developer SAS announced Tuesday morning that it is adding 100 jobs and unveiling new products at its world headquarters in Cary with an emphasis on "cloud computing."

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jim Goodnight announced the new jobs to man the company's new Analytics Lab for state and local government.

Gov. Bev Perdue noted that the jobs were being created without tax incentives.

“This is a company that has consistently made the decisions not to threaten us with leaving North Carolina but to invest in its inner core to make North Carolina stronger,” Perdue said during the press conference.

SAS is opening a 38,000-square-foot computing center focused on "cloud" development and services.

"Cloud" is the hottest buzz word in the high-tech world. By utilizing cloud technology, information technology users can scale network bandwidth, PC and server capacity to demand, rather than invest in new equipment, software and personnel.

The use of virtualization, which enables multiple operating systems to run on the same piece of hardware simultaneously, also improves IT functionality and can produce savings.

“With the lab leading the way, SAS will remain a most valuable partner to state and local government,” Goodnight said.

SAS is also expanding its contract work in North Carolina with a $2 million-a-year deal to help ensure Medicaid recipients qualify for taxpayer coverage. The governor said the potential savings are worth it.

"This program will help us make sure that Medicaid benefits go to the people who are supposed to get them and help us uncover fraud," Perdue said. "These efforts are part of my core priority of setting government straight, making it work more efficiently for the people of North Carolina."

Under the agreement, the state Department of Health and Human Services will license SAS Fraud Framework for Government software, which will analyze state Medicaid recipient data for indications of fraud and abuse.

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The prospect of new jobs and saving money drew bipartisan support from state lawmakers.

“That’s a good thing for everyone except for the people who prey on government as a cash cow,” said state Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake.

Despite the tough economy, SAS posted 5 percent sales growth in the first three quarters of 2010, driven in large part by new deals and R&D investments.

The company has also emphasized sales to the public sector, as governments everywhere look to maximize manpower and money amid tight budgets and global economic woes. SAS' government sector is pitching local bureaucrats on the advantages of running such products as fraud prevention through a cloud that can perhaps save them money in multiple ways.


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  • davidgnews Dec 22, 2010

    I recall when 'client / server' was hot stuff......

  • james27613 Dec 21, 2010

    Virginia problems all because of the classic dog and pony shows that these outsourcing companies put on for management.

    Often management has zero to minimal IT experience and just looks at what the vendors want them to see.

    Cloud computing, virtual computing, etc, it has all been done
    before. All fancy names for mainframe computing.

  • beachlvr0804 Dec 21, 2010

    Glad to see Jim doing something to help our local community.

    Thanks Jim!!!

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Dec 21, 2010

    48% of Americans pay no Federal tax. Does this include children or something? Source please. Probably Fox news manufactured statistic.

    Yes, that conservative news agency CBS.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Dec 21, 2010

    Case in point about Virginia's outsourcing problems:

    Statewide computer meltdown in Virginia disrupts DMV, other government business -

    No timetable set for return of Va. DMV licensing service -

    Governor Sends Northrup Grumman the Bill for Computer Outage and Extends DMV Hours -

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Dec 21, 2010

    godnessgracious: "What could the taxpayers do anyway? Vote out the state IT dept?"

    The accountability is clouded (pun intended) like in SAS' offering, where it is very easy to point fingers at someone else per nebulous contracts. In a government-run IT department, it is the IT government employees who are responsible. No one else. The data is owned by their respective government stakeholders, under the delegated responsibility from the NC citizens. However, it is managed by their respective government IT sections or divisions.

    This situation is no different than outsourcing, but in this case, you are outsourcing the entire IT infrastructure and not just people-resources. Let's take Virginia government's total outsourcing of IT for example. It is a failure and actually costs more than having internal IT manage the systems, applications, and data. No accountability since the vendor has easily wiggled its way out of any issues or incidents.

  • Proud Airman Dec 21, 2010

    I'd like to see WRAL do a story on the people who worked for SAS over 20+ years, only to be layed off.

  • godnessgracious Dec 21, 2010

    gracious, go get some fresh air

    I can't stop now. Someone is wrong on the internet.

  • somemitch Dec 21, 2010

    gracious, go get some fresh air

  • godnessgracious Dec 21, 2010

    More tax avoiding corporations: