The economy hasn’t created any obstacles for business analytics software provider SAS announced last week that it has achieved a record $2.31 billion in revenue in 2009, growing 2.2%.

SAS, long known for its culture of focusing on fair and proper treatment of internal and external customers, is seeing further payback. The company’s founder and CEO, Jim Goodnight, has been open about his “treat customers and employees well, and the money will come,” philosophy. Last week, the company’s placement on FORTUNE’S Best Places to Work list validated this company’s efforts.

The company maintains that its 34 years of profitable, debt-free growth, along with independence in terms of earnings pressures, has helped SAS focus on software innovation. This innovation has played out with its business analytics software, which insurers use to turn huge volumes of data into evidence-based decisions.

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