Business Intelligence on Demand: SAS Expands Array of Hosted Software Services
Posted May 10, 2006
CARY, N.C. — SAS
, encouraged by $20 million in sales for on-demand versions of its software in 2005, is expanding its lineup of hosted product offerings.
The privately held software firm said Tuesday it would offer a variety of hosted services ranging from anti-money laundering to business intelligence.
Online sales make up just a fraction of the $1.68 billion in revenues SAS reported last year. However, global demand for software as a service, or hosted, offerings is exploding. Analyst firm IDC projects the market will generate nearly $11 billion in revenue by 2009.
The embrace of a hosted sales strategy reflects a determination by SAS to "evolve" to meet customer demand and market opportunities.
"As other (business intelligence) vendors just now enter this space, SAS continues to evolve its software delivery model to meet the needs of its customers," said Jim Davis, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at SAS. "SAS Solutions OnDemand incorporate SAS' full business intelligence capabilities and deliver the power of SAS to meet business challenges. We will continue to evolve this service to meet the demands of our customers."
New products designed to supplement the already offered OnDemand Web Analytics suite include (descriptions provided by SAS):
SAS said the web hosting infrastructure and support would be provided by SAS rather than outsourced.