ANTWERP: SAS is preparing to launch a high-performance in-memory business intelligence (BI) product in the near future, according to chief executive Jim Goodnight who is working closely on the project.
Goodnight told V3.co.uk at the SAS Premier Business Leadership Series in Antwerp that he spends around half of his time in the firm's research and development labs working on the product, which will allow customers to analyse "enormous amounts of data of up to three terabytes".
"IBM promised in-memory and visualisation capabilities from Cognos and never delivered it. We wait before we have the product ready before we announce the idea to the market," he said.
Goodnight also revealed that SAS will make a major mobile announcement in September which will see the firm extending support for a number of different operating systems.
"We are planning to support the iPad, Android, PlayBook and anything else that gains enough market share. We feel there is finally enough real estate in the iPad for our customers to do some serious work on it," he said.
SAS dominates the analytics applications market, according to Gartner, but is behind SAP and Oracle in terms of market share and revenue in the more general BI, analytics and performance management spaces.
Recent product announcements by its rivals have focused on improving data visualisation and search in BI products to make them more attractive to business users.
Gartner has also said that 'ease of use' has surpassed 'functionality' as the dominant BI platform-buying criteria for the first time, as business users increasingly drive purchasing decisions.
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