SAS: 5% Revenue Growth in 2013

Today, SAS announced 2013 revenue of $3.02 billion, up 5.2% from 2012.  Reported revenue from “cloud-based” solutions grew by 20%; most of this revenue comes from SAS Solutions On Demand, a private hosting service.

SAS claims more than 1,400 “sites” for SAS Visual Analytics, an impressive figure but well short of SAS’ goal of 2,000 licenses in 2013.  (In SAS lingo, a “site” is a machine — customers have many sites).   Internally, SAS executives refer to Visual Analytics as its “Tableau killer”; Tableau hasn’t reported 2013 results yet, but Q3 revenue was up 90%.  SAS competitor IBM reports 2013 Business Analytics revenue up 9%; Smarter Planet revenue up 20%; Cloud revenue up 69%.

The SAS press release does not cite sales for SAS High Performance Analytics Server, the “other” new in-memory product.

SAS SVP Jim Davis attributed the results in part to a decline in sales to the U.S. Federal government.  Forrester reports that Federal tech spending grew 4% last year.

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