Cary, N.C., Aug. 9, 1999 - The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) announced that SAS Institute Inc and two of its customers, the Ohio Department of Health and Health Services Medical Corporation, were selected as winners in the 1999 Data Warehousing Best Practices Awards. The Data Warehousing Institute competition, in its fourth world-wide search for the best practices in data warehousing, marked the first time that one software vendor was selected in two categories as a winner in a single year. The Ohio Department of Health was selected in the category of Data Quality, and Health Services Medical was named winner in the category of Data Warehouses for Smaller Companies and Workgroups.

"Clearly, to achieve a Best Practice in Data Warehousing award, more than a simple tool is needed," said Bill Prentice, SAS Institute program manager for data warehousing. "Business users rate the greatest obstacles to data warehousing success as poor data quality, failure to manage end-user expectations, inability to access legacy data and inconsistent/nonexistent business rule analysis and business data modeling."

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