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Score 8.4 out of 101

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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
7.3
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.6

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

  • SAS BI makes it very easy to create interactive dashboards even for someone who is not from an IT background. For some specific requirements, basic knowledge of SQL is good enough.
  • A lot of functions have been predefined which makes it very convenient to create dashboards and reports. One doesn't need to be from an IT or a programming background to understand and create dashboards.
  • It supports other programming languages like R and also has a seamless API integration with various data management platforms.
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Cons

  • Software setup and administration can be cumbersome if you do not have the right people to tune the product to operate efficiently
  • Data Integration product can be difficult for those who do not already have some data processing experience.
  • Difficult to get some departments to buy in to using the product as they are siloed into another product.
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Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence9.3
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 Intelligence10.0
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

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

  • 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
Additional Pricing Details