It's touch-and-go as to whether software giant SAS will continue its unbroken string of annual revenue growth this year.
Revenue so far this year at the Cary-based company is roughly flat compared to 2008, CEO Jim Goodnight said today. Last year SAS generated $2.26 billion in revenue, up about 5 percent from 2007.
"The whole industry has had a tremendous slowdown this last year," Goodnight said. SAS sells business intelligence and analytics software that companies use to analyze their business and predict trends.
Speaking in front of a projected image of a graph showing annual revenue increases ever since SAS went into business in 1976, Goodnight said: "It is going to be real close as to whether we get to add another bar."
Goodnight's comments came this morning during SAS's annual Media Day, which attracted about 20 journalists from around the world to its sprawling headquarters campus.