The Digital Universe is doubling at least every 18 months, according to one estimate. Dr. Goodnight is CEO of SAS, the world's leading business analytics software vendor. At the helm since the company's incorporation in 1976, he has overseen an unbroken chain of revenue growth – a feat almost unheard of in the software industry.
SAS® software was originally created by Dr. Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to analyze agricultural-research data. Harvard Business School has named him a "Great American Business Leader" for his leadership of a business that has changed the way Americans have lived, worked and interacted. He was also named one of America's 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, in honor of the publication's 25th anniversary.