SAS #1 and Other Announcements


In case you missed the business news last week, SAS (the company that pays me to write this blog, and the leader in business analytics) was named #1 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 list. Having been a user (and huge fan) of SAS software since 1985, I am delighted to see the growing recognition of something I’ve known for 25 years: SAS has great products, and SAS has great people. (I only regret I wasn’t considered photogenic enough to make it into the FORTUNE video. They did tell me, however, that I have the perfect face for radio – or blogging.)

I must also point out that for 2009, SAS achieved its 34th consecutive year of revenue growth and profitability, up 2.2% to US$2.31 billion, despite poor economic conditions worldwide. Said CEO Jim Goodnight, “Our continued growth in 2009 is further proof that investing in long-term relationships with customers and employees and maintaining a deep commitment to R&D pays.” Let’s hope other business executives can take a few lessons from the SAS approach to management. It isn’t just charming colleagues like me that make SAS such a great place to work.

If you need a good excuse to visit SAS in person, please join forecasting professionals from industry, government and academics, and from around the globe, at the F2010 Business Forecasting Conference here at SAS world headquarters in Cary, NC, June 7-8.

If you can’t wait until June to get your forecasting fix, please join me and Emily Rodriguez, Program Manager at Intel, for a ½ day workshop “A Primer for Management: Fundamentals of Business Forecasting and Conducting Forecast Value Added Analysis,” at the IBF’s Supply Chain Forecasting Conference in Phoenix, February 21-23. A webinar previewing the workshop is available for free on-demand review.


About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Brown on

    Congratulations on an award well deserved!
    Can't believe they wouldn't let you make a video. You can borrow my Flip Video if that helps.
    Seriously. Well done for some great work and posts over the years.

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