Microsoft Azure vs. SAS Visual Analytics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Microsoft Azure
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.
$29
per month
SAS Visual Analytics
Score 8.3 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
SAS Visual Analytics provides a complete platform for analytics visualization, enabling users to identify patterns and relationships in data that weren't initially evident. Interactive, self-service BI and reporting capabilities are combined with out-of-the-box advanced analytics so everyone can discover insights from any size and type of data, including text.
$0
Annual By Users: 5, 10, 20
Pricing
Microsoft AzureSAS Visual Analytics
Editions & Modules
Developer
$29
per month
Standard
$100
per month
Professional Direct
$1000
per month
Basic
Free
per month
SAS Visual Analytics for SAS Cloud
Annual By Users: 5, 10, 20
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Microsoft AzureSAS Visual Analytics
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThe free tier lets users have access to a variety of services free for 12 months with limited usage after making an Azure account.SAS Visual Statistics and SAS Office Analytics are also available as add-ons.
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Features
Microsoft AzureSAS Visual Analytics
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
8.6
17 Ratings
5% above category average
SAS Visual Analytics
-
Ratings
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime8.716 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic scaling9.316 Ratings00 Ratings
Elastic load balancing8.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-configured templates7.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring tools7.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images8.415 Ratings00 Ratings
Operating system support9.516 Ratings00 Ratings
Security controls9.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Automation8.715 Ratings00 Ratings
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
8.3
12 Ratings
2% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Customizable dashboards00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates00 Ratings9.011 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
8.8
13 Ratings
9% above category average
Drill-down analysis00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Formatting capabilities00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
13 Ratings
10% above category average
Publish to Web00 Ratings9.012 Ratings
Publish to PDF00 Ratings9.013 Ratings
Report Versioning00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling00 Ratings10.012 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
9.7
11 Ratings
19% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)00 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization00 Ratings10.011 Ratings
Predictive Analytics00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
8.3
12 Ratings
3% below category average
Multi-User Support (named login)00 Ratings9.012 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model00 Ratings8.011 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)00 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
8.3
10 Ratings
5% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings10.010 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Microsoft Azure
-
Ratings
SAS Visual Analytics
9.2
6 Ratings
15% above category average
REST API00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
Microsoft AzureSAS Visual Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(88 ratings)
9.0
(18 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(15 ratings)
9.3
(3 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(27 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
6.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(27 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Microsoft AzureSAS Visual Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
In terms of cloud computing, Microsoft Azure is the only comprehensive result the company offers. Regardless of how big or small an organization is, it can make use of this system. As a cyber-security professional, this is your best option for data management. A business that wants to minimize capital expenditures can use Microsoft Azure. Many Microsoft services accept it. People with little or no knowledge of cloud computing may find it impossible. It isn’t the solution for companies that don’t want to risk having only one platform and infrastructure vendor.
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SAS
I was in a meeting with the client and there I have to show them some analytic data to them. But I was confused about how I will manage to show big data to clients with accuracy. But then the SAS Visual Analytics software helps me in presenting accurate data at the moment and it was very presentable and through that, I got the deal for that business.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Azure simply provides end to end life cycle. Starting from the development to automated deployment, you will find [a] bunch of options. Custom hook-points allow [integration] on-premise resources as well.
  • Excellent documentation around all the services make it really easy for any novice. Overall support by [the] community and Azure Technical team is exceptional.
  • BOT Services, Computer Vision services, ML frameworks provide excellent results as compare to similar services provided by other giants in the same space.
  • Azure data services provide excellent support to ingest data from different sources, ETL, and consumption of data for BI purpose.
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SAS
  • Provides the flexibility to the end user to slice and dice the data.
  • Anyone can make predictive models with the help of in-built algorithms without the need to write a single line of code or knowledge of what's under the hood of algorithms.
  • The feature to simply ask a question related to data and getting a response in form of text, chart or graph is amazing.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • In our experience, Azure Kubernetes Survice was difficult to set up, which is why we used Kubernetes on top of VMs.
  • Azure REST API is a bit difficult to use, which made it difficult for us to automate our interactions with Azure.
  • Azure's Web UI does a good job of showing metrics on individual VMs, but it would be great if there was a way to show certain metrics from multiple VMs on one dashboard. For example, hard drive usage on our database VMs.
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SAS
  • SAS is relatively expensive when compared to other BI tools and requires a large amount of upfront fee which becomes an issue for smaller organizations.
  • UI for the dashboards looks a little date in comparison to competitors like Tableau and Microstrategy.
  • Integration with other open source software like Python needs to be built in.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
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SAS
SAS really is the cutting edge in Business Intelligence. That is all they do! They are constantly coming out with new products, product upgrades, and their tech support is second to none. In addition, their support of Education has made our ability to acquire their product possible.
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Usability
Microsoft
Microsoft Azure's overall usability has been better than expected. Often times vendors promise the world, only to leave you with a run-down town. Not the case with our experience. From an implementation perspective, all went perfect, and from the user-facing experience we have had no technical issues, just some learning curve issues that are more about "why" than "how"
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SAS
SAS BI is good for creating reports and dashboards and then sharing it with the users. It also has ability to manage access to the reports and dashboards but somehow with most of the world moving to open source languages R, Python and Julia, SAS BI feels to be archaic in terms of feature set and integrations it allow[s]. Also, comparing it with other Business Intelligence tools like Tableau and Microsoft BI, the functionality of SAS BI is very limited and doesn't justify the pricing.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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SAS
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Microsoft
Support is easy with all the knowledge base articles available for free on the web. Plus, if you have a preferred status you can leverage their concierge support to get rapid response. Sometimes they’ll bounce you around a lot to get you to the right person, but they are quite responsive (especially when you are paying for the service). Many of the older Microsoft skills are also transferable from old-school on-prem to Azure-based virtual interfaces.
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SAS
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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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
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SAS
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
As I continue to evaluate the "big three" cloud providers for our clients, I make the following distinctions, though this gap continues to close. AWS is more granular, and inherently powerful in the configuration options compared to [Microsoft] Azure. It is a "developer" platform for cloud. However, Azure PowerShell is helping close this gap. Google Cloud is the leading containerization platform, largely thanks to it building kubernetes from the ground up. Azure containerization is getting better at having the same storage/deployment options.
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SAS
SAS Business Intelligence is not the cream of the crop for business intelligence applications, but it is not far behind. The software is generally easier to apply than most other business intelligence software. Additionally, SAS Business Intelligence runs smoothly in the background when making real-time updates. With that said, the software is not as efficient of many of the other business intelligence software applications that have been on the market for longer than this one.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Brings down Capex to customers.
  • Some of the built-in security features of DDoS Basic protection that comes with VNET on Azure or even WAF on AGW brings huge advantages to customers.
  • Hybrid benefits for those who have software assurance can save even more costs by moving to Azure.
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SAS
  • SAS Visual Analytics licensing cost should be reduced to enable users to use it in mass scale.
  • More statistical and mathematical equations and theories should be converted into SAS functions for reusing.
  • Because of enriched ETL and reporting capabilities SAS Visual Analytics is most preferred by business users.
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