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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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is a great RDBMS and meets all of our requirements. If you need a stable DB platform to support your line of a business application you'll be well served. Licensing costs are far cheaper, more portable and a lot more user friendly than Oracle. Product support and security patches from Microsoft are strong.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
6.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Microsoft SQL Server

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
5.2
Microsoft SQL Server
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
9.8
Microsoft SQL Server

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
9.5
Microsoft SQL Server
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.6
Microsoft SQL Server
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.9
Microsoft SQL Server

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
5.8
Microsoft SQL Server
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
5.1
Microsoft SQL Server
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Microsoft SQL Server

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.3
Microsoft SQL Server
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
Microsoft SQL Server
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
7.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Microsoft SQL Server

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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Easy to configure and use with Visual Studio and Dot Net
  • Easy integration with MSBI to perform data analysis
  • Data Security
  • Easy to understand and use
  • Very easy to export database and tables in the form of SQL query or a script
Shivani Pandey | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

  • The import/export process can be tricky to follow with lots of steps and could be better for importing flat files
  • Obtaining help from Microsoft is cumbersome and often other internet sources are better and quicker
  • The documentation is not great and again it's generally better to obtain help elsewhere if needed
Paul Nockolds | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 6.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.6
Based on 10 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
Based on 50 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
Bill Starling | 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

Microsoft SQL Server

[Microsoft] SQL Server has a much better community and professional support and is overall just a more reliable system with Microsoft behind it. I've used MySQL in the past and SQL Server has just become more comfortable for me and is my go to RDBMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SAS Business Intelligence

  • 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
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Increased accuracy - We went from multiple users having different versions of an Excel spreadsheet to a single source of truth for our reporting.
  • Increased Efficiency - We can now generate reports at any time from a single source rather than multiple users spending their time collating data and generating reports.
  • Improved Security - Enterprise level security on a dedicated server rather than financial files on multiple laptop hard drives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

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

SAS Business Intelligence Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence
8.4
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence
9.3
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Usability

SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
Microsoft SQL Server
9.6

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
10.0

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Support Rating

SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
8.0

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Online Training

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

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