SAS Business Intelligence is good at many things, but be prepared to wait for your models to run
Updated December 09, 2020

SAS Business Intelligence is good at many things, but be prepared to wait for your models to run

Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is used in the department for creating user-friendly, nice-looking graphics that are easy to follow and automatically update or require minimal effort to update. SAS Business Intelligence solves the problem of offering simple real-time analytics and data visualization for users that are not technically oriented.
  • SAS Business Intelligence is very easy to set up and automate. Very easy.
  • SAS Business Intelligence graphics are above average, and the user interactivity is generally better than others in the industry.
  • SAS Business Intelligence makes doing advanced calculations much easier than other tools. That may be because the software uses SAS programming behind the scenes, and users that know SAS programming will find it easier to create business intelligence charts.
  • SAS Business Intelligence is generally slower than other business intelligence platforms. This surprised me because I've been a SAS user for 15 years and have found base SAS to be the most responsive and fastest processing tools around. Not sure why the SAS Business Intelligence is behind the other tools for processing speed.
  • Although SAS Business Intelligence offers many default graphics, rearranging things is not as easy as other business intelligence tools.
  • SAS Business Intelligence needs to work on improving the drill-down capability of the business intelligence charts. The software is behind other business intelligence tools that have been in the market for much longer.
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.
One of the clear advantages of SAS Business Intelligence is its ability to connect to multiple data sources and merge those data sources into one usable database. The software is also fine at updating data in real-time, including the ability to update advanced analytics in real-time. It's the ability to update advanced analytical models in real-time that puts it into the top.
SAS has years of experience doing user control, sharing data and code across an organization, and automating reports. I don't think there is a software out there that has been doing it for as long as SAS (the creator of SAS Business Intelligence). I have never had any question about SAS Business Intelligence's security or data sharing. It's the best out there.
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SAS Business Intelligence is well-suited for companies that already have employees doing SAS programming or companies that want to move into a more advanced, paid business intelligence platform. The software is a natural extension of the base SAS system, and base SAS programmers should enjoy the visual capabilities offered by SAS Business Intelligence. The software, of course, is not only for established SAS customers. It is easy enough for non-SAS programmers to figure it out, but it will be easier for experienced professionals. SAS Business Intelligence is ideal for companies looking to have reports automated, such as accounting reports, processing reports, statistical reports, and various other business reports. The software is not appropriate for one or two person shops, unless you are the type that wants to create reports for yourself. I think it would be hard to justify the cost if the company does not have executives interested in real-time visualization and analytics. If they're not going to use it, it's not useful.

SAS Business Intelligence Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
7
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
6
Drill-down analysis
5
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
6
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
8
Publish to PDF
10
Report Versioning
10
Report Delivery Scheduling
10
Delivery to Remote Servers
10
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
7
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
9
Predictive Analytics
10
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
10
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
10
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Dedicated iOS Application
5
Dedicated Android Application
5
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
6
REST API
8
Javascript API
6
iFrames
6
Java API
8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
10
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated