A report issued recently by industry research firm AMR Research states SAS is the leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics. According to the AMR Research “Enabling Technologies Report, 2001-2006,” SAS owned 21 percent of the overall BI/analytics market in 2001. The report found that the overall BI/analytics market grew 10 percent in 2001, to a total of $5.6 billion. AMR Research projects that the market will grow to $12.2 billion by 2006, which is a compounded annual growth rate from 2001-2006 of 17 percent.

"In 2002, business intelligence found its way out of the basement and smack-dab in the House of Representatives," the report continued. "While addressing Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan credited an increased access to data with not only providing a milder recession but a faster comeback as well. The fact is, more and more companies are trying to make better use of the data they have gathered by applying it to strategic business decisions."

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