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The CEO Interview Series: Dr. Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS

At a recent media event, SAS CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight spoke with IDG Enterprise Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how businesses did -- and didn't -- take advantage of BI during the downturn and how the economy has changed the playing field in the BI market.

Was there ever a year when corporate America -- particularly Wall Street -- needed more insight and intelligence about how to navigate stormy economic waters than 2009? Dr. Jim Goodnight co-founded (along with John Sall and other North Carolina State University colleagues) SAS in 1976 and has led the $2.8B company to a leadership position in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics market. At a recent media event, Goodnight spoke with IDG Enterprise Chief Content Officer John Gallant about how businesses did -- and didn't -- take advantage of BI during the downturn and how the economy has changed the playing field in the BI market. Goodnight also talked about why he's not overly enthusiastic about the potential for BI in the cloud computing environment and why the perception lingers that BI has failed to deliver for IT and business.

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