Visual Analytics makes my job fun and interesting
June 08, 2016

Visual Analytics makes my job fun and interesting

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SAS Visual Analytics

We are an agency that provides marketing and database consulting solutions to multiple clients. Depending on the needs of the client we use SAS Visual Analytics to provide BI dashboards where client can get access to updated data as soon as it is available and drill down on the metrics they are interested in. It also allows them to export the data behind a chart (bar chart, pie chart etc.) in different formats.
We also use it internally for exploration, we have used decision trees and network diagrams in the past.
  • Visualization of large amount of data is faster because of the SAS engine behind it.
  • Features like decision trees, box plot, scatter plot, and histogram are very easy to use for exploring large data. It also has some unique features like Sankey Diagrams which can be used to show a flow of a process.
  • Customization options for the design of reports, making it visually more appealing.
  • Better HTML5 support.
  • More tutorial videos or literature on the features that are present in SAs visual analytics
I have used Tableau Desktop for which free access is provided for a limited time with limited features. Tableau is visually more appealing than SAS VA but SAS VA can handle data better. My use of Tableau with limited features may have effected my viewpoint.
Data builder provides options to merge multiple data tables through a GUI tool. It does not require a user to have coding experience to perform this operation.
Users can access it without login information as seen with the University of Texas at Dallas public Dashboard*. It also provides administrators to provide user role based privileges to display the modification of a report.

* All data, charts and copyright for the above charts above belong to University of Texas System
Well Suited for:
Providing BI dashboards that can be accessed across multiple devices.
Visualizing/exploring large amounts of data.

SAS Visual Analytics Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
8
Customizable dashboards
10
Report Formatting Templates
9
Drill-down analysis
10
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
7
Report sharing and collaboration
10
Publish to Web
9
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
6
Report Delivery Scheduling
6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
10
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
10
Predictive Analytics
9
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
7
Dedicated Android Application
7
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8