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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 1 feature set: Report Output and Scheduling
  • Sisense ranks higher in 5 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Ad-hoc Reporting, Data Discovery and Visualization, Access Control and Security, Mobile Capabilities

BI Standard Reporting

6.7

SAS Business Intelligence

67%
8.7

Sisense

87%
Sisense ranks higher in 3/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
36 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
46 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

6.1
61%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
32 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

7.0

SAS Business Intelligence

70%
8.3

Sisense

83%
Sisense ranks higher in 3/4 features

Drill-down analysis

5.2
52%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
46 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

7.1
71%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
46 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

6.0
60%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
26 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

9.8
98%
5 Ratings
7.3
73%
3 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9.5

SAS Business Intelligence

95%
8.2

Sisense

82%
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 5/5 features

Publish to Web

8.0
80%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
35 Ratings

Publish to PDF

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
9.0
90%
45 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
23 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
8.0
80%
38 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

8.6

SAS Business Intelligence

86%
9.0

Sisense

90%
Sisense ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

7.0
70%
3 Ratings
9.0
90%
44 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.9
89%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
41 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
28 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.9

SAS Business Intelligence

99%
10.0

Sisense

100%
Sisense ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
44 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
43 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.9
99%
5 Ratings
10.0
100%
44 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

5.8

SAS Business Intelligence

58%
9.0

Sisense

90%
Sisense ranks higher in 3/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

7.1
71%
4 Ratings
9.0
90%
39 Ratings

Mobile Application

5.1
51%
4 Ratings
10.0
100%
25 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

6.1
61%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
33 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

7.3

SAS Business Intelligence

73%

Sisense

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
SAS Business Intelligence ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

8.0
80%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Javascript API

6.1
61%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

iFrames

6.0
60%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Java API

7.9
79%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

10.0
100%
2 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

6.0
60%
1 Rating
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SAS Business Intelligence is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew
  • Sisense is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.7

SAS Business Intelligence

77%
9 Ratings
7.0

Sisense

70%
57 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.3

SAS Business Intelligence

93%
3 Ratings
8.9

Sisense

89%
14 Ratings

Usability

6.0

SAS Business Intelligence

60%
1 Rating
8.0

Sisense

80%
5 Ratings

Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
2 Ratings

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

SAS Business Intelligence

80%
3 Ratings
9.0

Sisense

90%
11 Ratings

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Sisense

73%
1 Rating

Online Training

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
7.1

Sisense

71%
6 Ratings

Configurability

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Sisense

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

SAS Business Intelligence

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

Sisense

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS

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.
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Sisense Ltd

I believe Sisense is perfectly suited for any organization of any size that have access to the proper resources, as the tool is very expensive. The data connectors come in all shapes and sizes out of the box, which allows a great deal of data control within the ElastiCubes. Additionally, while the platform only runs on Windows platforms, the web application can be accessed on any client: mobile, Apple, Windows, etc. This allows a much more flexible user experience, resulting in data and dashboards reaching further than any other tool.
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Pros

SAS

  • 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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Sisense Ltd

  • Customization - lots of supported and community plugins available. Users can also adjust the look and feel through JavaScript.
  • Innovation - Sisense is continuing to push the envelope by developing new features through Sisense Labs.
  • Customer support - the commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring organizations get the most out of their investment.
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Cons

SAS

  • 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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Sisense Ltd

  • The usability of the application on mobile devices needs some improvement, especially navigation and filtering.
  • Dashboards that are created by multiple users can be a bit of a hassle to share by Admins.
  • If you need to embed dashboards into your website, you are require to buy a license separate from the user and platform license. This is a norm on most BI visualization tools, but Sisense can seem a bit on the high side, cost-wide.
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Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAS Business Intelligence editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Sisense

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sisense editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SAP Connector1

    Footnotes

    1. none

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Must contact sales team for pricing.

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAS

    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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    Sisense Ltd

    I think the business and myself as a user has come to rely on SiSense as a dashboarding and quick ad-hoc reporting tool. I am hoping to integrate SiSense dashboards into more parts of the business in the future. We have reduced our report turn-around time for the most part from hours/days to minutes and in some cases almost the speed of thought. Reports are also easier on the eye and more easily distributed. I would also like to say that the support and professionalism from the SiSense team has been excellent.
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    Usability

    SAS

    SAS BI is good for creating reports and dashboards and then sharing it with the users. It also has ability to manage access to the reports and dashboards but somehow with most of the world moving to open source languages R, Python and Julia, SAS BI feels to be archaic in terms of feature set and integrations it allow[s]. Also, comparing it with other Business Intelligence tools like Tableau and Microsoft BI, the functionality of SAS BI is very limited and doesn't justify the pricing.
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    Sisense Ltd

    New V5 is ground floor of an exciting collection of possibilities. Weekly Sisense developers come up with new functionality that they share with us in their forums. The move to HTML5 has been pleasing in that widgets auto size themselves into appropriate forms in the board but everyone of them can be popped out to full page size to be looked at in more detail
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    Reliability and Availability

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    There are very few situations when there is unexpected downtime. Mostly during development, new dashboard implementation and during upgrades. other then that there were very few crashes.
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    Performance

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    SiSense is usually performing better then other solutions even if going for complex reports/dashboards(of course within reasonable frames). I haven't noticed any bad influence on other systems, usually if something happens it stays within SiSense.
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    Support Rating

    SAS

    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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    Sisense Ltd

    SiSense's support ninjas are very knowledgeable and are exceptionally responsive. So far, all of the issues we ran into were resolved within minimum time. My sense of dealing with the support staff at SiSense is that they are very focused on not just answering your immediate question, but also to delve into the cause of the matter.
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    In-Person Training

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    Easy and free training that allowed us quickly understand basics in SiSense and start using them. More advanced features requires some browsing through SiSense forums, but there is always support to help, and SiSense support is one of the best whith which I worked so far.
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    Online Training

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    Many examples, videos and scenarios which you try on your own right away. This combined with in-person training gives you enough to utilize most of SiSense's power.
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    Implementation Rating

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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    Alternatives Considered

    SAS

    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.
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    Sisense Ltd

    1) Easy to use, really, there is nothing too much to say. The set up is easy and not confusing. You can use it internally or externally.
    2) Customer Service, having spoken to various product reps from similar industry. Sisense rep provides you with the best support to get started, and it is really appreciated.
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    Scalability

    SAS

    No answers on this topic

    Sisense Ltd

    Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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    Return on Investment

    SAS

    • Having a stable reporting environment. That is, everyone is using the same starting data, thus alleviating differences for timing, etc.
    • Allows for a simple reporting environment for executives which do not have the technical knowledge to gather the data
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    Sisense Ltd

    • Report development time is reduced from 2~3 days to 2~3 hours.
    • Report querying time is improved from 0.5~10 mins to 2~30 seconds.
    • A 2-staff team delivers 10 times the BI output that we did on the old system.
    • We were able to deliver BI and data analysis for all business functions instead of a very limited group of users
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