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Attribute Ratings

  • Azure AI (Cortana) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Azure AI (Cortana)

82%
3 Ratings
8.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

80%
12 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Azure AI (Cortana)

N/A
0 Ratings
4.5

SAS Advanced Analytics

45%
5 Ratings

Usability

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N/A
0 Ratings
6.1

SAS Advanced Analytics

61%
2 Ratings

Availability

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N/A
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10.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

100%
2 Ratings

Performance

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N/A
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9.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

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N/A
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10.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

100%
6 Ratings

In-Person Training

Azure AI (Cortana)

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

Azure AI (Cortana)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

80%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

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N/A
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9.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

90%
2 Ratings

Configurability

Azure AI (Cortana)

N/A
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10.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

100%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

Azure AI (Cortana)

N/A
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8.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

80%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

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N/A
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9.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

90%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

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N/A
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10.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

100%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

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10.0

SAS Advanced Analytics

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

It's easy for anyone who is expecting some simple AI problems like fetching the keywords, understanding the intent, language translation, etc. to be solved from an existing database and all they need is to connect to their APIs via a subscription model. But for complex use cases, there is still room for improvement like customization of underlying AI models for a specific use case like identifying some unique identifiers with respect to industry.
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SAS

SAS Advanced Analytics excels with projects that have at least 3 parts. The first part is the ability to address and compare different modeling types. Suppose you are an analyst interested in predicting home prices or whether an individual will reapply for unemployment insurance. There are lots of model types that could work for these two situations. SAS Advanced Analytics makes it easy (although not as easy as SAS Enterprise Miner) to compare the performance of different modeling types, such as comparing support vector machines with random forest models. A second scenario that SAS Advanced Analytics does a good job at is making the analysis reproducible. By showing the lineage of analyses, another analyst is able to follow the work of the previous analyst. This is a huge advantage for individuals working in corporations or governments. The third area SAS Advanced Analytics is useful is in text analytics. The field is huge now, and I haven't come across a software that makes text analytics as easy as SAS Advanced Analytics.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Being hosted in Azure solves a massive hosting problem
  • The language understanding system has the ability to revolutionize many vertical markets
  • Integrating with Cortana Analytics was really simple due to easy to understand documentation
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SAS

  • Complex Survey Analysis- SAS is a great resource if you need to analyze complex survey data. One can easily write code for this by inserting (survey) in front of the procedure with the weight, cluster, and strata variables. (ex: surveyfreq)
  • Modeling/ Graphing- SAS creates clean and easy to understand graphs and models which take visual data to the next level.
  • Support- There is a large SAS Advanced analytics online support in place. It is easy to find help on many procedures that you will use in this software.
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Cons

Microsoft

  • More partnerships with colleges and schools to increase the workforce with technical knowledge (increase local workforce)
  • Have more online training and documentation in other languages
  • Have affordable prices for students
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SAS

  • SAS Analytics does not have very good graphic capabilities. Their advanced graphics packages are expensive, and still not very appealing or intuitive to customize.
  • SAS Analytics is not as up-to-date when it comes to advanced analytical techniques as R or other open-source analytics packages.
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Pricing Details

Azure AI (Cortana)

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Azure AI (Cortana) editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SAS Advanced Analytics

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SAS Advanced Analytics editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      Not only does SAS become easier to use as the user gets more familiar with its capabilities, but the customer service is excellent. Any issues with SAS and their technical team is either contacting the user via email, chat, text, WebEx, or phone. They have power users that have years of experience with SAS there to help with any issue.
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      Usability

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      If SAS Enterprise Guide is utilized any beginning user will be able to shorten the learning curve. This is allow the user a plethora of basic capabilities until they can utilize coding to expand their needs in manipulating and presenting data. SAS is also dedicated to expanding this environment so it is ever growing.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      SAS probably has the most market saturation out of all of the analytics software worldwide. They are in every industry and they are knowledgable about every industry. They are always available to take questions, solve issues, and discuss a company's needs. A company that buys SAS software has a dedicated representative that is there for all of their needs.
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      Performance

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      Although nothing is perfect, SAS is almost there. The software can handle billions of rows of data without a glitch and runs at a quick pace regardless of what the user wants to perform. SAS products are made to handle data so performance is of their utmost important. The software is created to run things as efficiently as SAS software can to maximize performance.
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      Support Rating

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      SAS is generally known for good support that's one of the main reasons to justify the cost of having SAS licenses within our organization is knowing that customer support is just a quick phone call away. I've usually had good experiences with the SAS customer support team it's one of the ways in which the company stands out in my view.
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      In-Person Training

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      SAS has regional and national conferences that are dedicated to expanding users' knowledge of the software and showing them what changes and additions they are making to the software. There are user groups in most of the major cities that also provide multi-day seminars that focus on specific topics for education. If online training isn't the best way for the user, there is ample in-person training available.
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      Online Training

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      There are online videos, live classes, and resource material which makes training very easy to access. However, nothing is circumstantial so applying your training can get tricky if the user is performing complex tasks. When purchasing software, SAS will also allocate education credits so the user(s) can access classes and material online to help expand their knowledge.
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      Implementation Rating

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      Ask as many questions you can before the install to understand the process. Since a third party does the installation your company is sort of a passanger and it is easy to get lost in the process. It also helps to have all users and IT support involved in the install to help increase the knowledge as to how SAS runs and what it needs to perform correctly.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Microsoft

      IBM Watson Assistant has been early into this market and has improved a lot over time compared to Azure AI Cortana. More documentation related to the services. But Ease of integration Azure AI ranks over IBM Watson Assistant. And again in terms of services offered under the ecosystem, Azure AI precedes IBM Watson Assitant.
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      SAS

      We had major use of SAS in forecasting where it doesn't require high level of coding knowledge and which has highly efficient models built in which can give good results on forecasts without lot of manual intervention. This tool was designed specifically for forecasting and hence was always a better choice compared to other tools.
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      Scalability

      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      SAS

      It all depends on the type of SAS product the user has. Scaleability differs from product to product, and if the user has SAS Office Analytics the scaleability is quite robust. This software will satisfy the majority of the company's analytic needs for years to come. In addition, if SAS is not meeting the users needs the company can easily find SAS solutions that will.
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      Return on Investment

      Microsoft

      • Difficult to ascertain the ROI as we are a software house who have developed a module in our application using Cortana. However for companies that use our software I would say the use of sentiment analysis in our application could free up at least 1 full time resource to be used elsewhere in their organisation.
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      SAS

      • SAS Advanced Analytics is not the cheapest software on the market. The overall cost was weighed against free, open-source software tools. The overall return, I think, was quite positive because SAS Advanced Analytics saves enormous amounts of time compared to the open-source software tools.
      • At first, adopting SAS Advanced Analytics was a negative return because it took time for individuals to change their analytics habits and adjust to superior tools available at their discretion.
      • SAS Advanced Analytics has replaced the need to hire less expensive R or Python programmers. So, although the software requires an initial expensive upfront investment, the ease of use makes it so that other areas of expenditure save money.
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