It's no secret that I'm no longer a big fan of SAS software. After being a proponent from 1980 to 2000, I found and then adopted the more modern statistical platform S+. Shortly thereafter, I discovered S's open source cousin, R, and have been a been a strong advocate ever since. The freely-available contributions of R's world-wide community never cease to amaze me.

Regardless of my viewpoints, SAS continues to be the market leader in statistics and analytics, dwarfing its commercial competition in annual revenues. SAS's size and stature provide leadership and education to a market that's now taking off – and will no doubt accelerate over the next ten years. Indeed, SAS's continued success creates a rising tide that lifts all analytics boats. And the competition between the statistical big three – SAS, IBM SPSS and R – will be a major boon for both business and analytics practitioners going forward.

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