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SAS Business Intelligence

45 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

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SAS Business Intelligence

Implementing SAS BI will work best when you either have strong IT support or someone on your team with IT experience. We naively went into this adventure with a group of researchers who could not fully articulate what a virtual server was. That was a mistake. SAS BI is typically installed in a multi-tier, multi-server environment. Getting the server configuration and server sizing correct from the outset is critical and the SAS organization can only help so much without inside knowledge of the needs of your organization. SAS BI is also well-suited for organizations which do not have an existing reporting solution. Previously, our organization had no way to get data into the hands of our users outside of ad-hoc requests delivered as Excel tables or graphs. This was a great way to get up and running quickly delivering interactive reports that are accessible from anywhere and updated daily.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.4

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0

Pros

  • 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

  • Business Objects should provide a more consistent mobile/desktop interface so operation between the two is seamless
  • Business Objects needs to make it easier to query across disparate data sets such as Oracle to SQL to Mongo DB
  • Our installation of Business Objects does not natively allow the export of XLSX documents, only XLS
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Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence9.3
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 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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Breadth of Deployment

about 100 users, about 10 departments
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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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Collaboration and Sharing

SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
Our Business Intelligence implementation is seamlessly integrated with our active directory structure and single sign-on. This allows simplified control for reporting and access across the entire world-wide organization.
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Data Integration

SAS Business Intelligence9.0
Based on 5 answers
We easily present data from various data sources via a consistent user interface. Our numerous data models can now be presented to our users using a consistent reporting interface. This has allowed our technical team to provide a much improved level of service to our end-users for the purpose of 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
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