SAS BI: The power to see and be seen.The Institutional Research Department at the college uses the full functionality of SAS BI to manipulate data, and produce reports and dashboards. These products are placed on the SAS Information Delivery Portal for use by administrators, deans and other staff across the college in data-driven decision making. Having a centralized repository for reports that are timely, interactive and easy to use has helped our employees in their decision making.,Collect and combine data from multiple sources. For example, data from the college database, the National Student Clearinghouse and our student services tracking software can combine to feed one report. Condense millions of rows of data into a single, easy to use report. For example, we can produce a cube that is collapsed at a high level, and users can drill down to their area of interest in seconds. Create interactive reports. It was important that our reports contained the ability for users to play with the data. They had to be able to filter large datasets, drag and drop comparison groups into graphs, and drill down to student-level data. SAS BI provided all of this and more.,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.,10,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.,10,1000,6,To provide timely, appropriate data to decision makers at the college. To provide transparency of the college's data. To promote a culture of evidence or assessment culture at the college.,To develop and deliver an auto-graduation system for the college, as well as propel other initiatives to address the completion agenda like reverse transfer and a near-graduates reach-out program.,We hope to get into forecasting in the near future, as in predicting enrollment and completion trends.,No,10,Yes,Shortly after our install of the product, we had a deadline to produce a large number of reports for the college. SAS was able to provide us assistance in producing the foundation for many of those reports, as we were all just starting to learn the product. By providing several basic reports using our data and according to our specifications, we were able to modify them quickly to our final specs. It also sped our learning of the product by having some examples ready to go.SAS BI is the best product ever offeredSAS Business Intelligence is being used for health care economics and outcomes research and is used across the organization. It allows to develop optimal strategies of health care to treat patients and predict the cost of different options and protocols. SAS/STAT is an important part of statistical evaluation in most of the studies.,User friendly Efficient Comprehensive,More usage guides,9,,9,about 100 users, about 10 departments,10,9,8SAS is the total packageThis product is used by several departments across the organization. While it was slow getting groups engaged, it has solved the problem of accumulating data from different sources into one place where it can be reported on and analyzed, thus serving the need of having the identical data pulls across all organizations. It also solved the issue with having analysts using thin-client to access the data which alleviated the need to have software installed on their workstations.,Providing a seamless data access engine to monitor utilization of credit lines across several lines of business. Pulling data from Teradata, Oracle, DB2, Netezza and others to be combined into a single data source for reporting Ability to analyze data through thin client which is able to access the data on the network Reporting software which is also thin client and can be productionalized to refresh at any time.,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.,9,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,MicroStrategy Analytics,10
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June 06, 2014

SAS Business Intelligence Review: "SAS BI: The power to see and be seen."

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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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May 20, 2014

SAS Business Intelligence Review: "SAS is the total package"

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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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Feature Scorecard Summary

Pixel Perfect reports (5)
Customizable dashboards (5)
Report Formatting Templates (5)
Drill-down analysis (5)
Formatting capabilities (5)
Integration with R or other statistical packages (5)
Report sharing and collaboration (5)
Publish to Web (5)
Publish to PDF (5)
Report Versioning (5)
Report Delivery Scheduling (5)
Delivery to Remote Servers (4)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) (3)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization (4)
Predictive Analytics (4)
Multi-User Support (named login) (5)
Role-Based Security Model (5)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete) (5)
Single Sign-On (SSO) (4)
Responsive Design for Web Access (4)
Dedicated iOS Application (4)
Dedicated Android Application (4)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile (4)
Javascript API (3)
iFrames (3)
Java API (3)
Themeable User Interface (UI) (2)
Customizable Platform (Open Source) (1)

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