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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI

If the client you are dealing with already has existing Microsoft licensing agreements, selecting the Microsoft Stack may be a no-brainer. However, truly understanding the client's needs is the most important place to start versus selecting the technology stack. B2C clients that need a visualization tool may need to look elsewhere if you are looking for a data visualization tool, as costs for licensing are high at the time of writing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

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.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft BI
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft BI
8.1
SAS Advanced Analytics

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft BI
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft BI
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft BI
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAS Advanced Analytics

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft BI
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Publish to Web
Microsoft BI
7.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Publish to PDF
Microsoft BI
8.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Versioning
Microsoft BI
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft BI
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft BI
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft BI
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft BI
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft BI
7.6
SAS Advanced Analytics

Access Control and Security

Microsoft BI
8.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft BI
8.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft BI
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft BI
8.4
SAS Advanced Analytics

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft BI
7.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft BI
7.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
REST API
Microsoft BI
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Javascript API
Microsoft BI
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
iFrames
Microsoft BI
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Java API
Microsoft BI
7.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft BI
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft BI
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics

Pros

Microsoft BI

  • The layout of Power BI is very intuitive. Someone that is familiar with Excel and working with Charts and Graphs in that environment will find the learning curve a rather short one to start using Power BI.
  • I like the way Power BI fits an assortment of users and how the functionality that you engage is replicated in Excel, that being Power Query and Power Pivot. So what you learn in one tool can be readily applied towards the other which allows you to more effectively apply your training.
  • I appreciate how Microsoft is working to develop tools that go a long ways to empowering the end user. Prior to Power BI I would have had to consult with a "BI" professional to develop a dashboard. With Power BI I don't have to consult with anyone, I can work to put together the dash board I want and using a tool set that is really robust and allows me to engage an enormous amount of data. It's provides a great deal of flexibility and the types of data I can connect to.
  • Updates...Microsoft is working diligently to keep Power BI current with monthly updates. They do a really good job of listening to the end user, if there is functionality not currently present just give them a month or so.
  • Just to be clear, even though it's easy to get going right out of the gate with Power BI it provides plenty of opportunities to create some really sophisticated reporting solutions. With DAX in Power Pivot and M language in Power Query, you are provided with plenty of head room to do some really amazing things in Power BI.
  • Training...there are resources across the web for learning and growing your skills and Power BI. And what's even better is the majority of those resources are free.
  • Data engagement, when presenting the data to the end user Power BI goes a long way to allowing that end user to engage the data and begin to identify root cause by simply interacting with the graph/chart/data set. It allows for really fluid engagement. Prior to Power BI so many times during the presentation of data we often times ended the engagement with that data with more questions than what were answered. With Power BI, more often than not, the end user is able to get answers to the questions by simply clicking on the data in the graph/chart/dataset to see the details. This tool really does have the capacity to make you look like a rock star.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft BI

  • Report Builder 3.0 shipped with MSSQL 2012 is a nice free tool but our client users sometimes encounter problems such as the tool automatically shut down without saving the changes being made. We haven't implemented the new RB with MSSQL 2016 yet thus cannot comment on the latest version.
Haibo Yang | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

  • 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.
Remy Welch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Microsoft BI is fundamental to our suite of BI applications. That being said, Northcraft Analytics is focused on delighting our customers, so if the underlying factors of our decision change, we would choose to re-write our BI applications on a different stack. Luckily, mathematics are the fundamental IP of our technology... and is portable across all BI platforms for the foreseeable future.
Lee Cullom | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 4.5
Based on 5 answers
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Usability is great. This product will make most feel right at home. I feel like this question should be asked from two points of view:1. Creator of reports, Data Models, Views etc: Most Advanced users will still rate the usability as very high. Its capabilities are still robust. However when compared to other Enterprise Class products it will not do many of the advanced application queries. 2. End user, Consumer: All end users will feel right at home. Many will be able to create connections to already created data models and other external publicly available sources like twitter, Facebook, World Health order etc... These connections are then in turn very very easily available to publish to SharePoint and Power BI. It took me a while to understand what I think is Microsoft's strategy. This will handle all but the most of robust needs. Much like many American made cars and my favorite Corvette, Microsoft is fast, has it own break downs from time to time but all of these are really to tolerate when the price is considered and the next one up that can out perform it is three to four times as much money makes this an easy one to still recommend
Sean Warren | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 6.1
Based on 2 answers
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.5
Based on 2 answers
The product has been reliable.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.0
Based on 2 answers
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) can drag at times. We created two report servers and placed them under an F5 load balancer. This configuration has worked well. We have seen sluggish performance at times due to the Windows Firewall.
Robert Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 7.1
Based on 6 answers
While support from Microsoft isn't necessarily always best of breed, you're also not paying the price for premium support that you would on other platforms. The strength of the stack is in the ecosystem that surrounds it. In contrast to other products, there are hundreds, even thousands of bloggers that post daily as well as vibrant user communities that surround the tool. I've had much better luck finding help with SQL Server related issues than I have with any other product, but that help doesn't always come directly from Microsoft.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.5
Based on 4 answers
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.
Yoni Dvorkis | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 6.9
Based on 3 answers
This training was more directed toward what the product was capable of rather than actual programming.
Stephanie Grice | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 8.5
Based on 2 answers
I have used on-line training from Microsoft and from Pragmatic Works. I would recommend Pragmatic Works as the best way to get up to speed quickly, and then use the Microsoft on-line training to deep dive into specific features that you need to get depth with.
Sean Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Microsoft BI

Microsoft BI 9.6
Based on 7 answers
We are a consulting firm and as such our best resources are always billing on client projects. Our internal implementation has weaknesses, but that's true for any company like ours. My rating is based on the product's ease of implementation.
Jacob Saunders | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft BI

Looking at the visualization portion of BI, there are three types of tools.
  1. Programming packages. Free and powerful, they let you make any diagram, at the cost of difficulty of use.
  2. Specialist software like Tableau and Microsoft BI. This is the best choice in most cases due to ease of use and quality of output.
  3. More generic software offered by the big IT companies, often part of a BI suite. There's really a lot of variety here. Use this when it fits the workflow and you are already using the relevant software. But, personally, I'd still use the specialist software.
Alexander Lubyansky | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

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.
Rishi Bavishi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Microsoft BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Nathan Och | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft BI

  • Business users easily learned self service BI with training and what to do and what not to do with self service BI
  • Learning curve for Powerpivot and other office 365 tools for IT team who already knew about data warehousing concepts is steep
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAS Advanced Analytics

  • 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.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft BI

General

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

Microsoft BI Editions & Modules

Edition
Power BI$0
Power BI Pro$102
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

SAS Advanced Analytics

General

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

SAS Advanced Analytics Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft BI
8.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft BI
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
4.5

Usability

Microsoft BI
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
6.1

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft BI
9.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
10.0

Performance

Microsoft BI
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
9.0

Support

Microsoft BI
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
9.5

In-Person Training

Microsoft BI
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
9.0

Online Training

Microsoft BI
8.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
8.0

Implementation

Microsoft BI
9.6
SAS Advanced Analytics
9.0

Scalability

Microsoft BI
SAS Advanced Analytics
9.0

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