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Score 8.4 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is well-suited for companies that already have employees doing SAS programming or companies that want to move into a more advanced, paid business intelligence platform. The software is a natural extension of the base SAS system, and base SAS programmers should enjoy the visual capabilities offered by SAS Business Intelligence. The software, of course, is not only for established SAS customers. It is easy enough for non-SAS programmers to figure it out, but it will be easier for experienced professionals. SAS Business Intelligence is ideal for companies looking to have reports automated, such as accounting reports, processing reports, statistical reports, and various other business reports. The software is not appropriate for one or two person shops, unless you are the type that wants to create reports for yourself. I think it would be hard to justify the cost if the company does not have executives interested in real-time visualization and analytics. If they're not going to use it, it's not useful.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.2
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
7.2
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
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.2
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
9.2

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.2

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
6.7
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Presentation of complex data in an easy-to-understand layout
  • Self-service querying of data on both mobile and desktop devices
  • Business Objects allows users to save report layouts for use in future queries
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Cons

SAS Business Intelligence

  • It can be sometimes be little clunky
  • Need for seamless integration with more external softwares like R
  • Installation, maintenance and user management can be made more simpler
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Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
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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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

There is no contest. SAS is easier maintain and has much more in the way of analytics than MicroStrategy has. It can pull from more than one data source and when the underlying architecture changes, it is much easier to maintain. More savvy analysts can perform more with SAS due to its data manipulation background.
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Return on Investment

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Positive Impact: better customer service. We have been able to deliver reports that will help multiple employees and implement any feedback they have on those reports quickly.
  • Positive Impact: increased inter-departmental discussions. We have long had a problem working in silos. Now we are pulling data from multiple departments into one report, and it becomes easy to see how what one department is doing in affecting another. We had a meeting to discuss a preliminary report on course scheduling efficiency. It included data from our Facilities folks and our academic Deans. Once we put the numbers up on the screen, there spawned a helpful discussion about how what one department can do to help another.
  • Positive Impact: organizational transparency. For the first time, our users are exposed to a wealth of data about themselves and other areas of the college. It is starting to make some question the way we do business, and if there is a better way.
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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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