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Forrester Recognizes SAS as a Leader in Predictive Analytics, Data Mining

Originally published February 8, 2010

SAS has been named a leader among nine vendors in The Forrester Wave: Predictive Analytics and Data Mining Solutions, Q1 2010. SAS predictive analytics and data mining solutions were evaluated by Forrester against 53 criteria in three categories through vendor surveys, product demonstration and vendor-reference interviews. SAS earned top overall ranking in all three categories – current offering, strategy and market presence – including perfect scores for functionality, professional services, licensing and cost, direction, and company financials criteria.

“Predictive analytics can play a pivotal role in the planning and day-to-day operations of your business,” according to the report by author James Kobielus, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research Inc. an independent research company.

Per the Forrester report, “SAS provides a diversified solution portfolio with comprehensive feature-rich modeling/mining and statistical analysis tools, as well as model and data governance platform, for mining complex structured and unstructured information.” The report also notes that “SAS offerings integrate out of the box with a wide range of third-party data warehouse platforms and with the vendor’s own analytics platform and wide range of prepackaged analytical applications.”

“SAS helps organizations make better decisions faster,” said Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at SAS. “SAS continues to see strong demand for our business analytics software because it adds real bottom-line value for customers.”

With SAS predictive analytics, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment, can understand the nuances associated with individual customers, segments and buying patterns.

“Our personalized approach to marketing enables us to maintain and enhance customer loyalty over the years,” said David Norton, Chief Marketing Officer at Harrah’s. “Using SAS analytical tools to target unique customer segments based on detailed guest transactional information, we’re outperforming our competitors in these challenging economic times.”

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