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Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Business Intelligence is excellent for ad-hoc query implementations. We are able to provide connections to numerous data sets through a consistent user interface
  • Business Intelligence is amazing for hiding the database implementation from users and presenting ONLY what you wish them to see
  • Business Intelligence is less for suited for a seamless integration into a web site as reports are generally presented through the BO report interface
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Oracle BI Foundation Suite

The tool is still very good considering the complexities in data that can be modified within the tool using SQL queries. It can be used with advanced coding to integrate data from non-coherent sources. The only place where it is slightly less appropriate is where there is not a crisp UI. The UI and mobile experience could be more intuitive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.3

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.3
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.0
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.0
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.5

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.6
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.9
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.1
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.3
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
7.7
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.8
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.8
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.3
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.2
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.1
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
6.9
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
8.1
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.5
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.4
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.8
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.3
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.3
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
6.9
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Oracle BI Foundation Suite
7.5

Pros

  • Robust software
  • Amazing Microsoft Office Integration
  • Always increasing number of features
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  • Reporting, for our company and when recommending it to our clients its a huge selling point.
  • Especially the granular graphs, they can be adjusted for what each needed person (CFO, CEO, Managers) specifically requires.
  • It's also helpful to determine where the "bottlenecking" could be occurring within workflow.
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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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  • The performance of the web interface has degraded with 11g. Moving between screens used to be instantaneous. It now takes several seconds. All navigation is slower.
  • Support team at Oracle is difficult to work with. I'd say they know the answer to the problem at best 50% of the time. They request numerous files and don't seem to look at them. They always recommend upgrading which is an easy task.
  • Installation and configuration is much more complex in 11g. We used to be able to perform a major upgrade in 6 weeks. Now it takes that long for a small patch. All patches have to be tested extensively as they always introduce some new problem.
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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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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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Oracle BI Foundation Suite9.0
Based on 1 answer
Oracle University offers very in-depth training.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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Alternatives Considered

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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Oracle BI foundation suite has specific capabilities like scorecard and strategy management. It helps us to set specific goals, and track and manage performance.
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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