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Likelihood to Recommend

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics is not only a visualization layer but also data modeling tool itself. So you can bring in all your facts and dimensions and define the relationship in architect mode to build intelligent cubes. It shouldn't be mixed up with a visualization tool like Tableau which doesn't have any other capability (data architect and mining). Companies who need to use it only as a visualization layer tool shouldn't use MicroStrategy
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Pixel Perfect reports
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Customizable dashboards
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Formatting Templates
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.9
SAS Advanced Analytics

Ad-hoc Reporting

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Drill-down analysis
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.1
SAS Advanced Analytics
Formatting capabilities
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Integration with R or other statistical packages
MicroStrategy Analytics
5.2
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report sharing and collaboration
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.7
SAS Advanced Analytics

Report Output and Scheduling

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Publish to Web
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics
Publish to PDF
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Versioning
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Report Delivery Scheduling
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Delivery to Remote Servers
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics

Data Discovery and Visualization

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.9
SAS Advanced Analytics
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
MicroStrategy Analytics
6.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Predictive Analytics
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.3
SAS Advanced Analytics

Access Control and Security

MicroStrategy Analytics
8.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Multi-User Support (named login)
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.5
SAS Advanced Analytics
Role-Based Security Model
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.4
SAS Advanced Analytics
Single Sign-On (SSO)
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.1
SAS Advanced Analytics

Mobile Capabilities

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Responsive Design for Web Access
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dedicated iOS Application
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dedicated Android Application
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.1
SAS Advanced Analytics

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

MicroStrategy Analytics
7.8
SAS Advanced Analytics
REST API
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Javascript API
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
iFrames
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Java API
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Themeable User Interface (UI)
MicroStrategy Analytics
8.0
SAS Advanced Analytics
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
MicroStrategy Analytics
7.7
SAS Advanced Analytics

Pros

MicroStrategy Analytics

  • MicroStrategy Analytics has the best mobile BI on the market right now. The level of efforts (LOE) is very low for this type of development.
  • MicroStrategy Analytics's self-serve BI is very valuable to our business users and can cut development for BI developers by enabling business users to find business answers themselves.
  • The caching of Intelligence Cubes in MicroStrategy Analytics is a game changer. I have I-cubes with billions of rows stored in memory, ready at any moment.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

  • SAS is can be used as query builder tool which can automate a lot of excel process.
  • There are variety of statistical options available that tie up good visual analytics.
  • There are inbuilt models available for different operations which doesn't require any coding and are easy to run.
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Cons

MicroStrategy Analytics

  • Our team of business analysts needed a nimble tool for ad hoc analytics. MicroStrategy required greater technical knowledge than our typical user possessed and the process of creating a new view was extremely cumbersome and time-consuming.
  • We regularly needed to combine data from our warehouse with other data sources. While MicroStrategy has this capability, the level of technical knowledge required was beyond that of a typical business analyst and took too long. Part of the challenge was that our IT department imposed tight governance on the introduction of new data into the warehouse (which is common), so the minimum SLA on this process was 4 hours. This is simply not acceptable when a senior executive needs analysis for a decision right away. While I cannot fault MicroStrategy for our company's IT governance policy, they should add the capability to combine data from the warehouse with data outside the warehouse without requiring that it be added to the warehouse.
  • While MicroStrategy has some light-weight and reasonably priced user licenses, the capabilities we needed for ad hoc analysis required a far more expensive user license.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

  • No needed improvements. Company continues to add more capabilities each year
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Likelihood to Renew

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 9.9
Based on 27 answers
It didn't meet the team's needs.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 4.5
Based on 5 answers
It's an expensive product and I don't use it everyday.
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Usability

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 7.0
Based on 3 answers
It is difficult to learn, but once you figure it out through training, it becomes simpler and the reasons for it's complexity becomes apparent.
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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.
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Reliability and Availability

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.
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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.
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Performance

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.
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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.
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Support

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 10.0
Based on 3 answers
If the staff does not know they answer they either find it out at some point, or put in a feature request. I have never been left hanging or been given an answer that is unsatisfactory to the solution. Even if there was no current solution, I was still told the logical reason and why.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Simple. Their knowledge and accessibility. Support can be reached via email, text, chat, or phone. They can also utilize WebEx to tap into your machine and see what the user is seeing. SAS is dedicated to helping their users maximize their software.
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In-Person Training

MicroStrategy Analytics

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No answers yet
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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.
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Online Training

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 7.8
Based on 4 answers
The MicroStrategy training is incredible, they have great online teachers. I was fortunate to be learning MicroStrategy while also implementing a project from scratch. This helped to solidify a lot of the concepts and be able to ask questions about real world problems in addition to class room exercises.
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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.
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Implementation

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Implementation is not easy, but also not difficult. With enough training on how to create a schema, and with the proper data warehouse schema the implementation can be very quick. If there are a lot of unknowns in the beginning phase of modeling, that can greatly extend the overall time taken for a fully implemented project.
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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.
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Alternatives Considered

MicroStrategy Analytics

Speed, visually, and sales process - MicroStrategy outranked Cognos by far.
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SAS Advanced Analytics

SAS Advanced Analytics does a fairly decent job producing good results from user-chosen advanced algorithms. The software includes all of the most-often used advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. With that said, although SAS Advanced Analytics has all the popular tools, and many of the less popular tools, the software is often not the first to release cutting-edge models. Other software tools, such as R or Python, typically beat SAS Advanced Analytics to the punch. With that said, for almost every applied, practical application, SAS Advanced Analytics is a much more useful product to put in place than the two aforementioned tools.
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Scalability

MicroStrategy Analytics

MicroStrategy Analytics 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.
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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.
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Return on Investment

MicroStrategy Analytics

  • Increased efficiency through scheduled reporting.
  • Decreased manual "massaging" of data through automated reporting.
  • Standardized metrics across business verticals.
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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.
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Pricing Details

MicroStrategy Analytics

General

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

MicroStrategy Analytics Editions & Modules

MicroStrategy Analytics
On-premise Edition
Desktop
$6001
1. per named user
SaaS Edition
Web
$6001
Web
$300,0002
Mobile
$6003
Mobile
$300,0004
1. per named user
2. per CPU core
3. per named user
4. per CPU core
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

SAS Advanced Analytics
Additional Pricing Details

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