These shoes were made for walking

As head of SAS Americas, I walk a lot. In and out of meetings, onto planes, sometimes over competitors and always into Jim Goodnight’s office whenever I’ve got good news to share. Plus I pace on stage. All that walking requires a good shoe. I’ve found the best shoe is […]

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White House and Congress can add fairness to patent litigation, address $500 billion problem

According to an oft cited 2012 Boston University study, lawsuits filed by patent trolls cost innovators $500 billion in lost wealth from 1990 to 2010. Far too often, the goal of a lawsuit brought by a patent troll is not to defend a patent – or even to practice the […]

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Double Double Day

Last year at this time, I wrote in celebration of a unique double: SAS' record revenues – the 34th straight year of growth, and in a recession, too – and being rated the No. 1 best workplace in the US. Would it be such a surprise if SAS repeated on […]

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Accenture, SAS and the value of business analytics

It’s only February and we’ve already had a pretty exciting year at SAS. Today it got even more exciting with the announcement of the Accenture SAS Analytics Group. I’m especially excited because this feels like the logical culmination of the most important themes I see in our marketplace for the […]

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Looking back on a week of being “the best company to work for in America”

By now you’ve probably heard that SAS was ranked number one on Fortune magazine’s list of the best companies to work for in America. Don’t worry, this isn’t a self-congratulatory post. I’ve been giving some more thought to what this award actually means, and the responses it has generated. When […]

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The Double Play

Today SAS Institute had a huge double play of publicity. On the same day, we (1) learned that SAS was rated the No. 1 best place to work in the 2010 Fortune study and (2) announced that SAS achieved record revenues in 2009, despite the recession -- making it 34 […]

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JMP Is 20 Years Old

Today is the 20th anniversary of JMP's first release, and I want to thank everyone who has helped to make JMP a success. JMP Version 1 shipped on October 5, 1989 -- or as we claimed at the time September 35 -- so that we could say we shipped in […]

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Private CMOs have more fun

I often wonder what the life of a CMO is like in a publicly-traded company. From a marketing standpoint they’re constrained by SEC, Safe Harbor and Sarbanes-Oxley. They have to be very cautious in their forward-looking statements. Does that suppress their ability to paint a vivid picture for their customers? […]

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You should see the size of our begonias

We’ve gotten a lot of attention since the IBM acquisition of SPSS for being a privately-held company and our desire to stay that way. While looking at all the coverage we’ve gotten, I keep coming back to an analogy made by Mary Hayes Weier in her InformationWeek post, "SAS Institute: […]

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IBM buys SPSS: Good for analytics, but what about customers?

From the start of this blog, I’ve talked about the value of analytics for companies who want not only to survive the economic downturn, but come out of it stronger. Today we learned that IBM is acquiring SPSS. Not only is it further validation of the value of analytics, but […]

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