SAS Business Intelligence

45 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

Oracle BI Foundation Suite

369 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

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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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Oracle BI Foundation Suite

For an organization that deals with a wide range of reporting needs and also has to handle huge volumes of data that are required for sourcing these reports, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite provides a great tool in terms of both performance and usage. The layered approach to usage allows both data analysts as well as business analysts to be able to use OBIEE comfortably. However, the premium licensing cost of OBIEE makes it difficult for most startups and low-budget business to afford.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.4
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.8
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.8
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
5.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
6.3
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.6
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
8.2
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.8

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
7.8
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.6
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.4
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.3

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.7
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.4
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.3
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.2
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.6
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.4
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
6.3
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
6.9
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
6.8

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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  • Oracle Business Intelligence Reporting platform is well enhanced with many advanced features like Visualization Recommendation for Power users when building the dashboards and Reports like which view to use based on the type of data that we are presenting to the end users.
  • Oracle BI Mobile APP Designer is very rich and has useful functionality to develop the dashboards and reports and display them on the mobile devices via Apps
  • Oracle Essbase, multi-dimensional Online Analytical processing system which uses the advanced calculation engine for financial forecasting, planning and management reporting.
  • Oracle BI Publisher Reporting capabilities caters to the needs of real time pixel perfect reporting with out lot of development time.
  • Overall Oracle BI Foundation Suite is a conglomeration of Enterprise Reporting, Real time quick reporting, multi-dimensional analytical processing, BI Mobile, Geo-spatial capabilities which every organization needs today for Analytical and Reporting needs
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Cons

  • There will be a steep learning curve for individuals transitioning from BASE SAS to SAS BI. Our department was filled with experienced SAS programmers, but that did little to prepare us for the challenges of SAS BI. Training will be a must.
  • It is possible, but extremely difficult to customize the web-based portions of SAS BI, like the Information Delivery Portal or Web Report Studio. Having an out-of-the box solution is great to get up and coming quickly, but customizing the look and feel for the web-based users will require some previous web design skills.
  • In order to fully appreciate the features of SAS BI, you absolutely need someone on your team with a background in platform administration, security, web design or some other basic IT skills. Alternatively, you may just need strong support from your IT department. Simply having a group of individuals experienced in BASE SAS will not cut it.
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  • OBIEE can provide some changes in the user interface, which has been carried out with the same look and feel almost from version 10 to 12c.
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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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Oracle BI Foundation Suite8.3
Based on 7 answers
My job title doesn't allow me to make the decision, but my input will be favorable. I think as a whole it is a good solution as long as you have the proper infrastructure to support it. If you can't commit the resources, there are much simpler tools available.
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Usability

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Oracle BI Foundation Suite8.0
Based on 1 answer
For me or a staff memeber that uses it frequently, its usability is sufficient. However newbies could have a few issues but find their workflow
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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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Oracle BI Foundation Suite9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's fast, efficient and easy to work with. Scheduling could help when planning out a day however overall it's a big plus when rolling out and supporting Oracle.
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In-Person Training

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Oracle BI Foundation Suite9.0
Based on 1 answer
Oracle University offers very in-depth training.
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Implementation

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Oracle BI Foundation Suite8.0
Based on 2 answers
Typical product roll out however once again support was with us at all times.
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Breadth of Deployment

about 100 users, about 10 departments
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Per my experience in past and current assignment, I have seen it is widely used by small to big user base. Maximum concurrent size of user using Oracle BI suite I have seen is more than 1500 users with total base user is more than 10,000. Users very from base business user to supervisor to manager to senior executive of company based on their need basis.
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Alternatives Considered

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It came with the software we use. It was recommended by the ERP software vendor.
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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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Oracle BI Foundation Suite8.7
Based on 25 answers
It’s a great tool for reporting and is used across the internal network. It’s a user friendly tool to share data and also keeping it secure at the same time. Several authentication protocols bring up the level of security for the software combined with a single sign on feature. The powerful and vast option of authentication tools makes the interaction and distribution more secure across the platform whether is used on premise or in the cloud.
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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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Oracle BI Foundation Suite8.2
Based on 25 answers
It supports a wide range of data sources.
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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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  • It is the only way to go if you have external payroll systems such as ADP and you have implemented the Oracle time and labor solution - so pretty good.
  • The reports you need to ensure federal and state level compliance can be easily generated through OBF suite without much investment elsewhere.
  • The businesses that have recently moved on to digital systems but still need on paper reports will find it useful as well.
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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

Oracle BI Foundation Suite

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