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Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

I believe that Appian is very well-suited to provide an approval work-flow. For making requests where there is a specific hierarchy of approvals that must occur, it is great. For example, if an employee needs to make a capital request for a long term project, the number of approvals can be set based on the amount of the items/work that is to be capitalized. If the amount is < 10000, maybe only manager approval is required. If the amount is over 10,000, Department Budgetary approval is also required. Over 25,000, Finance approval is required. Over 100,000, executive approval is required. Appian makes it very easy to set these conditions and send out tasks based on them. Appian also Excels at reporting. Appian provides the tools to report on any of the data that is captured in the request. This data can be exported to Excel to be used for audits or data management. Data can be reported in a variety of ways grid format, generate a pdf, or with charts and graphs. I don't believe that Appian should be used to replace any cost accounting type of functions. There are enterprise systems, such as Oracle that do a better job with that. Appian's strength is providing workflows.
Christine Mulready | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS BI is a great BI tool as it incorporates the advantage of SAS which is proven to be robust over the years. SAS BI is more suitable for a relatively larger organization which is looking for self-service BI tools where most of the users are not technically proficient. Also, since license fee is an on a higher end, smaller organizations will find it hard to afford SAS.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Appian
8.2
SAS Business Intelligence
Visual Modeling
Appian
7.6
SAS Business Intelligence
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Appian
8.2
SAS Business Intelligence
Platform Security
Appian
9.3
SAS Business Intelligence
Platform User Management
Appian
7.6
SAS Business Intelligence
Reusability
Appian
7.9
SAS Business Intelligence
Platform Scalability
Appian
8.6
SAS Business Intelligence

BI Standard Reporting

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Customizable dashboards
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Drill-down analysis
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
5.3
Formatting capabilities
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8

Report Output and Scheduling

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.5
Publish to Web
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Report Versioning
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Predictive Analytics
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9

Access Control and Security

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Role-Based Security Model
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9

Mobile Capabilities

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
5.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1
Dedicated Android Application
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
REST API
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
iFrames
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Java API
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Appian
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

Appian

  • I have observed after version 17.1 we have a lot of good features in Appian that improve usability (UX). This adds real value in this competitive Digital space.
  • You can understand business use case and convert it to a logical process automation.
  • Process Modeller has improved a lot and providing smart services use adds more value.
  • Service integration helps us to seamlessly integrate with third-party systems
Ravi Joshi, PMI-ACP® | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Collect and combine data from multiple sources. For example, data from the college database, the National Student Clearinghouse and our student services tracking software can combine to feed one report.
  • Condense millions of rows of data into a single, easy to use report. For example, we can produce a cube that is collapsed at a high level, and users can drill down to their area of interest in seconds.
  • Create interactive reports. It was important that our reports contained the ability for users to play with the data. They had to be able to filter large datasets, drag and drop comparison groups into graphs, and drill down to student-level data. SAS BI provided all of this and more.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Appian

  • Advanced functionality requires use of the Appian expression language. The more advanced the logic, the harder it is to build with the expression language. This means development expertise is more relevant if you need advanced functionality, which I imagine applies almost all the time. I would much prefer if they allowed some common language such as JavaScript out of the box.
  • Debugging has proved difficult. It’s easy for developers to get the app to or feature to a “working” state but it needs robust alpha testing.
  • Deployment can be tricky. When a solution gets big and there are many teams and dependencies, it needs a careful process to ensure things don’t break.
  • Reasuability of Appian objects is both a pro and con. Reusing objects across apps may be more trouble than its worth because of creating heavy dependencies. Experience is helpful to strike the right balance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS Business Intelligence is generally slower than other business intelligence platforms. This surprised me because I've been a SAS user for 15 years and have found base SAS to be the most responsive and fastest processing tools around. Not sure why the SAS Business Intelligence is behind the other tools for processing speed.
  • Although SAS Business Intelligence offers many default graphics, rearranging things is not as easy as other business intelligence tools.
  • SAS Business Intelligence needs to work on improving the drill-down capability of the business intelligence charts. The software is behind other business intelligence tools that have been in the market for much longer.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 16 answers
We recently renewed our license with Appian. We are convinced that its flexibility, relative ease of use, the support they provide, there mobile advancements and their general willingness and desire to see us succeed all contributed to our reason to renew our agreement with Appian
Michael Campbell, PMP,CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
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.
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Appian

Appian 8.6
Based on 45 answers
Great platform for providing business process management. Fairly easy to learn tool (especially now that I have seen the evolution over 5 years). More difficult to master, but there is a great community that is always willing and able to help solve your problem.
Helmut Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Appian

Appian 8.1
Based on 123 answers
We have a mixture of onsite and offshore support by Appian and their partner Cognizant. Our stated support hours for the business are 9-5pm Mon-Fri. Cognizant being located in India provides us with coverage up to 9pm should anything happen that needs urgent attention. Appian Cloud Support are also there should we have any issues connecting to the application.
Paul Cabrelle | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 10.0
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.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As analyst I participated in a developer boot camp. At times it was hard to keep up but most of the time it made sense. Trainer took the time to explain and slowed pace down to answer questions etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Appian

Appian 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Really great training platform. Very visual and easy to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 8 answers
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
Peter Newnam | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Appian

The main advantage of Appian is the cost structure that is more suitable for starting a test-project to see how develop in Appian and most of all how Appian is accepted inside the company. In few weeks you can show the first results and start the journey on digitalization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

I have used Crystal Reports, Jaspersoft and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I would recommended Business Intelligence over SSRS and Crystal Reports. SSRS is very SQL-centric and Crystal Reports is more of an end-user tool. I would recommend Jaspersoft over Business Intelligence for developing a seamless web-based reporting interface but I highly recommend Business Intelligence for end-user ad-hoc reporting.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Appian

  • Our objective to reduce customer effort when dealing with government by 25% was exceeded. In the process of applying for an alcohol licence renewal alone, we saw approximately 80% reduction in time and effort for the business customer - and that was just a prototype! Imagine the possibilities when this is taken into a live environment!
Lynley Johnston | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
  • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SAS Business Intelligence

Pricing Details

Appian

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Appian Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0
Standard60.002
Flat FeeContact Sales3
EnterpriseContact Sales4
  1. per user per month
  2. one fixed price per app, unlimited users
  3. unlimited number of apps, priced by user
Additional Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

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

SAS Business Intelligence Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian
8.3
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Appian
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence
9.3

Usability

Appian
8.6
SAS Business Intelligence

Support Rating

Appian
8.1
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0

In-Person Training

Appian
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence

Online Training

Appian
10.0
SAS Business Intelligence

Implementation Rating

Appian
9.0
SAS Business Intelligence

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