Up until recently, SAS Institute could have been called the software industry’s best-kept billion-dollar secret. That was before Jim Goodnight, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the world’s largest private software company, went into high-profile mode this past year, appearing on American mainstay TV shows “60 Minutes” and “Oprah.”The attraction for the mainstream media is that Goodnight appears to be an “anti-Bill Gates,” a soft-spoken executive in an era of rapacious corporate chieftains, running a highly successful company based in Cary, N.C., where laid-back staff extol great company benefits that make company employee retention rates legendary throughout the high-tech industry. Even veteran industry analyst Mike Schiff, at Current Analysis, has called SAS the “gentle giant.” But make no mistake: Goodnight is as ambitious as the next software mogul and his goal, bluntly stated in this IDG News Service interview, is to dominate the world financial software market by leveraging SAS’ expertise in statistics and analysis applications.A few days before the company’s 28th annual SAS Users Group International conference (SUGI 28), at the company’s New York offices, Goodnight took a break from visiting banks to answer questions, charting the company’s course from its core analysis and statistical applications. In this… Read full this story
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