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SAS has changed its top management team and is on the verge of major architectural changes to make its platform and tools more cloud-friendly.


  • SAS has put in place the core building blocks for Viya, its new internet-facing portfolio, but has yet to fill in the functional gaps with its flagship platform.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how over the past three years, there has been a complete changing of the guard in SAS’s top management team
  • Explains how SAS has put in place the basic building blocks for its emerging Viya cloud-oriented, self-service environment, but faces 3–5 years of development work to deliver the functionality of its flagship 9.x platform.

Key questions answered

  • What are the next steps for SAS as it confronts the challenges of open source and the need to become cloud-native?
  • Having dominated the advanced analytics space for 40 years, how will SAS win the hearts and minds of the next generation of practitioners who have the option of working with open source alternatives?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for SAS rivals
  • Recommendations for SAS

SAS is undergoing a generational shift

  • A changing of the guard is happening
  • There are near-term growth challenges
  • A platform makeover is occurring
  • Yes, SAS is delivering ML

Viya product convergence and cloud buildout are major intertwined themes

  • SAS is still in the early stages of the cloud journey
  • Viya is starting to get critical mass functionality
  • Containers and microservices are pivotal to SAS cloud buildout

The open source opportunity

  • Interoperability is now supported
  • SAS should become an open source contributor


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author