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Keith Collins, chief technology officer (CTO) of SAS Institute

Discussion:  Three questions are posed to Keith Collins, CTO of SAS Institutes, in this interview.  He highlights that the most pressing question on the mind of many businesses is how to harness and make sense of the massive amounts of data that is now available on the internet.  Collins also notes that business analyses and high performance computing are the next big things in his industry.

Source:  BBC News

Date:  October 5, 2011

Link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14158565

Discussion Question:

  • According to Collins, one of his biggest mistakes was not realizing how fast the market for tablet computers would develop.  Why is this a mistake?
  • What benefits do companies like SAS get from investing heavily in research and development?  (SAS invests 24% of its revenue annually in R & D).

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