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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS BI is a great BI tool as it incorporates the advantage of SAS which is proven to be robust over the years. SAS BI is more suitable for a relatively larger organization which is looking for self-service BI tools where most of the users are not technically proficient. Also, since license fee is an on a higher end, smaller organizations will find it hard to afford SAS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.3
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
9.4

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
9.2
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.4

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
6.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.2
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Collect and combine data from multiple sources. For example, data from the college database, the National Student Clearinghouse and our student services tracking software can combine to feed one report.
  • Condense millions of rows of data into a single, easy to use report. For example, we can produce a cube that is collapsed at a high level, and users can drill down to their area of interest in seconds.
  • Create interactive reports. It was important that our reports contained the ability for users to play with the data. They had to be able to filter large datasets, drag and drop comparison groups into graphs, and drill down to student-level data. SAS BI provided all of this and more.
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Cons

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS Business Intelligence is generally slower than other business intelligence platforms. This surprised me because I've been a SAS user for 15 years and have found base SAS to be the most responsive and fastest processing tools around. Not sure why the SAS Business Intelligence is behind the other tools for processing speed.
  • Although SAS Business Intelligence offers many default graphics, rearranging things is not as easy as other business intelligence tools.
  • SAS Business Intelligence needs to work on improving the drill-down capability of the business intelligence charts. The software is behind other business intelligence tools that have been in the market for much longer.
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Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
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Support

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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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Alternatives Considered

SAS Business Intelligence

I have used Crystal Reports, Jaspersoft and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I would recommended Business Intelligence over SSRS and Crystal Reports. SSRS is very SQL-centric and Crystal Reports is more of an end-user tool. I would recommend Jaspersoft over Business Intelligence for developing a seamless web-based reporting interface but I highly recommend Business Intelligence for end-user ad-hoc reporting.
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Return on Investment

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
  • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
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Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

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

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