Azure AI (Cortana) vs. SAS Enterprise Guide

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure AI (Cortana)
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite is a predictive analytics platform using the R programming language.N/A
SAS Enterprise Guide
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
SAS Enterprise Guide is a menu-driven, Windows GUI tool for SAS.N/A
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Azure AI (Cortana)SAS Enterprise Guide
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Azure AI (Cortana)SAS Enterprise Guide
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
Azure AI (Cortana)SAS Enterprise Guide
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(3 ratings)
8.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.4
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure AI (Cortana)SAS Enterprise Guide
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 Enterprise Guide is good at taking various datasets and giving analyst/user ability to do some transformations without substantial amounts of code. Once the data is inside SAS, the memory of it is very efficient. Using SAS for data analysis can be helpful. It will give good statistics for you, and it has a robust set of functions that aid analysis.
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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
  • I think the most useful aspect of SAS Enterprise Guide is the ability to use a point-and-click interface to create graphics, transform data, and perform statistics. The best part is that SAS Enterprise Guide creates base SAS code from the process, making it easy to reproduce analyses.
  • SAS Enterprise Guide makes creating summary statistics about as easy as it gets. If one doesn't know proc means or proc tabulate, one can use SAS Enterprise Guide instead.
  • The time-series forecasting procedures within SAS Enterprise Guide produce fairly good results. SAS Enterprise Guide makes time-series model comparisons relatively straight-forward.
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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
  • errors could be more detailed
  • when you export in different excel sheets, its grouped together, which could be a problem in certain circumstances
  • it would be nice to have a function to tell if some tables is open and by whom
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
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SAS
On account of current user experience and the organization-wide acceptance.
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Usability
Microsoft
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SAS
It's not all bad, but I don't believe that an enterprise purchase of SAS is worth the expense considering the widely available set of tools in the data analytics space at the moment. In my company, it's a good tool because others use it. Otherwise, I wouldn't purchase a new set of it because it doesn't have some of the better analytical functions in it.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAS
Although I use SAS support for information on functions, these are SAS related and haven't really come across anything that is specifically for SAS EG.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
SAS
I've not worked hands-on with the implementation team, but there were no escalations barring a few hiccups in the deployment due to change in requirement & adoption to our company's remote servers.
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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
SAS EG has better Graphical User Interface to build project trees and help users to create data queries/calculations. SAS EG can handle bigger data sets compared to other programs. You can easily clean the data sets and manipulate the data. It is easier to send the project tree to other users. However SAS EG has less free online training material over internet.
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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 EG has improved the overall efficiency as data processing is very fast and the results are highly accurate.
  • It's one license cost is much more than the salary of some of the employees here and it takes a few months to recover that cost.
  • Overall profit has increased as people learn it very fast and start deploying the work very easily.
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