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Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is more suited to organizations which are already using SAS as the primary software for their analytics needs. Learning curve is relatively shorter for teams already skilled in BASE SAS. For organizations already working with open source software like Julia and Python, it doesn't make much sense to use SAS BI.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

Sigma [Computing] is by far the easiest to use and most powerful business intelligence tool that I've ever used. It really puts the power of huge databases in the hands of business users in an interface that is familiar, easy to learn and easy to understand.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
Sigma
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
5.9
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
7.3
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Sigma
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
Sigma
7.3
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Sigma
7.3
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Sigma
6.7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
7.6
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
7.5

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.4
Sigma
6.9
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
7.2
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Sigma
7.4
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
6.3
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Sigma
7.6
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
6.2

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
6.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
6.5
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
6.2
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
5.6

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Sigma
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Sigma
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Sigma
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Sigma
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Sigma
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
Sigma
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Sigma
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Sigma
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Sigma
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Sigma
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Sigma

Pros

SAS Business Intelligence

  • 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.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

  • Easy to learn but with enough depth to appeal to more advanced BI users.
  • Constantly updating and improving the tool.
  • The parameter and filter functionality is on point. It makes creating enterprise quality reporting a breeze for our team.
  • The SQL writer is very straight forward and the fact you can write directly in SQL gives Sigma a huge leg up on other BI tools that use their own languages.
Jordan Seib | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SAS Business Intelligence

  • 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.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

  • The user interface had at least one big change in the past two years, which was confusing.
  • I would like to be able to create and run report on the fly, instead of having to schedule them.
  • Better navigation using tabs and menus.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
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.
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Because we are very satisfied with the product and would most likely renew because of the services it provides. It is a tool that you bring into your organization and let it change the way you analyze your data, present your data and share you date within the Respective teams
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 7.5
Based on 2 answers
SAS has better reporting and analytical features in comparison to other tools in market and is a market leader in analytics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

Sigma 7.7
Based on 45 answers
Sigma is a modern business intelligence (BI) and analytics application built for the cloud. Sigma provides live access to cloud data warehouses using an intuitive spreadsheet interface empowering business experts to ask more of their data. Sigma is self-service analytics as it was meant to be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Yes, as long as you don’t conduct user error sigma is always up and running and waiting for you to complete your dashboards
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
It depends, it loads quickly for smaller dashboards but when loading larger amounts of data it takes more time to do so
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.0
Based on 3 answers
I didn't have a lot of experience with SAS BI support teams apart from one interaction. I was able to reach out to local support team via email and got a prompt response where they helped me resolve the issue I was facing on the next day. The team was knowledgeable and they resolved it to my satisfaction. But it made me wonder what if it would have been [if it were] a critical issue and I need[ed] support on an urgent basis. Since a dedicated resource and after office hours support was not there, it made me a little uncomfortable.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

Sigma 8.0
Based on 58 answers
Support team is helpful in answering questions and providing help with using the UI. There are knowledgeable people within the support team.There are also good online support tools. There are significant community support resources available.There is however lack of a live support. It would be useful to have live phone number or chat to use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I don’t have enough insight as I was not a big piece of this implementation
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is not the cream of the crop for business intelligence applications, but it is not far behind. The software is generally easier to apply than most other business intelligence software. Additionally, SAS Business Intelligence runs smoothly in the background when making real-time updates. With that said, the software is not as efficient of many of the other business intelligence software applications that have been on the market for longer than this one.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

Sigma [Computing] is the easiest to use. Visualizations and calculations can be created easily without writing code. It's super intuitive and also has nice charts and visuals. Sigma [Computing] also allows users to write their own SQL queries without having to learn another language to create reports. Other BI tools have their language or functions which users must learn before they are able to fully use the tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Sigma

Sigma 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It is a cloud service offering that is able to expand based on your usage
Siddique Chaudhry, CCSK | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sigma

  • Sigma has allowed business users to vastly increase their access to data, driving much more data-driven decision-making.
  • Sigma has freed up the data team from routine data-gathering, allowing the team to focus on building higher-level tools and products that unlock value for the company.
Peter Jaffe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SAS Business Intelligence

Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

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

Sigma

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence
8.7
Sigma
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence
9.3
Sigma
7.3

Usability

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
Sigma
7.7

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence
Sigma
7.3

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence
Sigma
8.2

Support Rating

SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
Sigma
8.0

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence
Sigma
8.2

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence
Sigma
7.3

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