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9 Spokes

Good for letting your investors, employees and others know at a glance how your company is doing. The interface is clean and organized well. I just wish more of the app's functionality was available for testing and implementation. "Coming soon" is not really encouraging when we already have been waiting for a year or more.
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SAS Business Intelligence

It is best suited to when you have different data sources that need to be combined. It does not require a sourcing team (such as MicroStrategy) which needs to combine the data into one schema before you can start joining data.The question to ask is "Are you going to have a dedicated administrator?" This is a full time job and this person (persons) need to focus on that and not be expected to also analyze the data.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

9 Spokes
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Customizable dashboards
9 Spokes
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Pixel Perfect reports
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Report Formatting Templates
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

9 Spokes
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Drill-down analysis
9 Spokes
7.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Formatting capabilities
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

9 Spokes
10.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
9 Spokes
10.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Predictive Analytics
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.4

Access Control and Security

9 Spokes
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
9 Spokes
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

9 Spokes
8.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
9 Spokes
6.0
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
9 Spokes
10.0
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Dedicated iOS Application
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0

Report Output and Scheduling

9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Publish to Web
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Report Versioning
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
REST API
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
iFrames
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Java API
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
9 Spokes
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

  • Grouping several apps in one place for easy viewing.
  • Clean dashboard interface that looks uncluttered when viewing several apps at once.
  • Setting up the apps is a breeze when the platform supports them.
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  • Providing a seamless data access engine to monitor utilization of credit lines across several lines of business. Pulling data from Teradata, Oracle, DB2, Netezza and others to be combined into a single data source for reporting
  • Ability to analyze data through thin client which is able to access the data on the network
  • Reporting software which is also thin client and can be productionalized to refresh at any time.
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Cons

  • Integration with apps that are listed. Some of them are not supported yet and it seems the wait is taking longer than I'd like.
  • iPhone support. It would be nice to have this in the app store. Not available as of 04/25/2018.
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  • Software setup and administration can be cumbersome if you do not have the right people to tune the product to operate efficiently
  • Data Integration product can be difficult for those who do not already have some data processing experience.
  • Difficult to get some departments to buy in to using the product as they are siloed into another product.
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Likelihood to Renew

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SAS Business Intelligence9.3
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There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
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Support

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
Support was helpful in the beginning but no longer needed because I didn't use the software as much. The experience that I did have with support was very friendly but not enough to give a good review. If the support team was called for initial setup, video chat or messenger app was used.
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SAS Business Intelligence10.0
Based on 1 answer
When you call tech support, you are immediately routed to a person who can answer your question. Often they can answer on the spot. However, if they cannot, you are given a track number and then followed up with. There have been times when I have had multiple track numbers open and they will actually TRACK YOU DOWN to ensure that your problem has been resolved. Issues do not fall into black holes with SAS. They are also willing to do a WebEx with you to diagnose the problem by seeing your environment, which is always helpful.
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Breadth of Deployment

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about 100 users, about 10 departments
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Alternatives Considered

I actually chose QuickBooks (currently using) and Method (used for a month) before deciding that 9 Spokes is just good for looking at a few apps in one place. I'll keep checking back with them to see if they have improved. I wouldn't be surprised if 9 Spokes improves their product within the next 6-12 months.
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There is no contest. SAS is easier maintain and has much more in the way of analytics than MicroStrategy has. It can pull from more than one data source and when the underlying architecture changes, it is much easier to maintain. More savvy analysts can perform more with SAS due to its data manipulation background.
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Collaboration and Sharing

9 Spokes7.0
Based on 1 answer
Access control capabilities are OK. Ease of sharing is great because the app design is made special for that purpose. I haven't dove that far into the app enough to generate reports. Formatting is very flexible because 9 Spokes allows the user to customize how the info is displayed. Security or lack thereof is not a factor for me so I am unable to give feedback on security.
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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
An array of sharing features and personalization available for sharing with specific stakeholders in specific ways they like. And above all you can always turn to coding and customizing it to make the visualization perfect for the need. SAS BI gives you granular control of user access.
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Data Integration

9 Spokes5.0
Based on 1 answer
I gave 9 Spokes a five because the range of data sources is minimal. Ease of merging data from disparate sources is pretty good for the ones they do support. I just want to have more apps available for arranging on their nice looking interface. Perhaps next year my review for 9 Spokes will be better than 5
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SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
Increasingly improving data connectivities. SAS applications are amazing in terms of data manipulation and data preparation for analysis and modelling. I haven't used real-time capabilities yet but it's reasonable to say they are way ahead on the curve for providing a universal solution to all data analyst needs.
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Return on Investment

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  • Positive Impact: better customer service. We have been able to deliver reports that will help multiple employees and implement any feedback they have on those reports quickly.
  • Positive Impact: increased inter-departmental discussions. We have long had a problem working in silos. Now we are pulling data from multiple departments into one report, and it becomes easy to see how what one department is doing in affecting another. We had a meeting to discuss a preliminary report on course scheduling efficiency. It included data from our Facilities folks and our academic Deans. Once we put the numbers up on the screen, there spawned a helpful discussion about how what one department can do to help another.
  • Positive Impact: organizational transparency. For the first time, our users are exposed to a wealth of data about themselves and other areas of the college. It is starting to make some question the way we do business, and if there is a better way.
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Pricing Details

9 Spokes

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
9 Spokes is free to use - that’s joining, using the smart dashboard and connecting your apps to it. You'll only pay for any new apps you decide to purchase, but you can trial most of the app recommendations for free! If you want to purchase an app, we'll direct you to the app's website so you can sign up with them. If you sign up to a plan, you'll pay the apps directly and then you can connect the app to your dashboard.

SAS Business Intelligence

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details