SAS, earlier known as SAS Institute, founded in 1976, is one of the largest, privately held independent vendors in the business intelligence market. The company specializes in business analytic software and services. It serves customers at more than 45,000 business, government and university sites. The company manages operations in over 100 countries. SAS has nearly 400 offices throughout the world. The company serves clients in the automotive, communications, education, health care, hospitality and entertainment markets. It offers compliance, data integration, financial intelligence, and fraud prevention and detection solutions. The company s clients include Fido Solutions, China Customs, Burda Ciscom, and United Pipe and Supply.