SAS BI & Analytics Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

SAS BI & Analytics

A suite of integrated BI and Analytics solutions from SAS

4.28/5 (32 reviews)

SAS BI & Analytics overview

What is SAS BI & Analytics?

SAS Business Intelligence & Analytics is an Enterprise BI platform encompassing six key products. Including SAS Enterprise BI Server, SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Office Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics and crucially, SAS Visual Analytics – the seamlessly integrated suite provides “limitless” BI tool and feature sets. SAS Visual Analytics resides at its core, facilitating visual data exploration, identifying business data patterns, relationships and rapid insights from interactive visualizations. Find metrics vital to forecasting and predicting trends, utilising dashboard-based environments to generate distribution-ready reports all from one place. With SAS Visual Statistics, a rich drag-and-drop interface enables the creation of descriptive and predictive models, with platform support for Hadoop, Teradata, Greenplum, SAP HANA and Oracle databases.

SAS Office Analytics aids collaboration by surfacing results and analytics insights into Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook and Excel – valuable for sharing ideas between workflows and teams. This emphasis on easy, fast data access and reporting then extends beyond the office to keep Business Intelligence informed and refreshed while on the move. As part of the SAS Visual Analytics solution, SAS Mobile BI is a companion app available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Access reports and dashboards at anytime while leveraging multi-touch gesture support to navigate data, reports and report elements such as graphs, tables, KPIs and data grids.

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United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech and 22 other languages, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
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SAS BI & Analytics reviews

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Donald Wildeboer

Very powerful, flexible, and works with all third parties we need.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-23
Review Source: Capterra

The ability to connect with all third parties (that we use) and merge their data together in one system then analyze the structured information in a consistent and reliable way makes SAS Business Intelligence a very powerful system. The ability to run code that we made 10 years ago is also very nice.

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The ability to connect with all third parties (that we use) and merge their data together in one system then analyze the structured information in a consistent and reliable way makes SAS Business Intelligence a very powerful system. The ability to run code that we made 10 years ago is also very nice.

Cons
The complexity and inconstancy of the product is not always the most desirable. Often times doing similar things requires very different approaches. SAS Business Intelligence has been around for such a long time that different "procs", as they are called in their system, often have extreme variance in syntax.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Tapan Jain

SAS BI - Scalable and Comprehensive BI Tool

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-01-29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
It's Visual Data Exploration capabilities to visualize the data and find patterns quickly is amazing. The features such as heat maps helps us understand where most of the traffic for an advertiser is coming from and helps the advertiser to target the customers more effectively. Creating Dashboards doesn't require a lot of technical know how and anyone can start making dashboards. Also, these dashboards and reports simplifies collaboration as different people are able to share their comments by directly commenting on the visuals or charts. Another feature which interests me is that it allows to integrate with other open source platforms like R.

Cons
Such a comprehensive set of features with a brand like SAS obviously comes with a price but I find the price to be over the top for the small and medium organizations. Only a few open source platforms are supported and lot of common ones used by a lot of smaller organizations have been left out. Further, user interface looks dated and needs a facelift to match other players like Tableau.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Anonymous

SAS for data wrangling

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-17
Review Source: Capterra

I am working as a full-time SAS developer in my current organization. SAS is easy to use and good for data wrangling purposes. If your primary goal if to work on model development I would prefer other languages like python and R which has numerous libraries and free to use.

Pros
I worked as a Data wrangler and data scientist in my current organization. I like the ecosystem and customer support of SAS. It is easy to learn if you have basics SQL knowledge. It is faster than python/R. Preferred over open source if data privacy is a concern.

Cons
The user community is not so great as compared with another open-source. SAS is pretty expensive so companies are now switching to open sources like python and R.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Steven Kohl

Sas for business analytics

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-04-05
Review Source: Capterra

We have been using SAS since the 1980's We like it, but find it pricy for a small firm such as ourselves

Pros
Feature rich

Cons
Tough to learn

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Powerful but dated

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-05
Review Source: Capterra

Good stuff. Dated but works. Nothing to brag about, but checks all the right boxes

Pros
SAS is what started the party. It's so much faster than the legacy of Cobol and mainframe based packages. Love the advanced features and the power.

Cons
Licences are expensive. If you are using SQL you miss Moss of the raw power. SAS procs arenot the most I tuitive. And most importantly, newer packages re after 10x or more quicker. Eg. IBM aginity netezza

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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SAS BI & Analytics pricing

Pricing only available on personalized quote request.

SAS BI & Analytics features

Activity Dashboard
Ad hoc Reporting
Business Intelligence
Collaboration Tools
Customizable Reporting
Dashboard Creation
Data Filtering
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Real Time Analytics
Reporting & Statistics
Visual Analytics

API (164 other apps)
Charting (76 other apps)
Monitoring (77 other apps)
Multiple Data Sources (64 other apps)
Real Time Data (81 other apps)
Third Party Integration (90 other apps)
Trend Analysis (64 other apps)

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Additional information for SAS BI & Analytics

Key features of SAS BI & Analytics

  • Monitor key BI metrics, view analytics and share reports
  • Visually identify metrics, outliers, correlations & patterns
  • SAS Mobile BI companion app for iOS and Android
  • Send visual insights into Office apps like Outlook and Excel
  • Produce ad hoc distribution-quality reports
  • Explore data and find patterns from rich visual insights
  • Create ad hoc analytics dashboards
  • Create predictive models with SAS Visual Statistics
  • Create storyboards or narratives to share ideas and insights
  • Design reports once, then distribute and publish anywhere
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Benefits

Visual Data Exploration creates compelling visuals to make BI data exploration more intuitive, aiding the more rapid identification of trends, patterns and relationships.
Use SAS Visual Analytics to find metrics crucial to predicting trends and outcomes, while ensuring complex analytics remain easy to understand.
Interactive reporting and dashboard features provide a self-service approach, enabling ad hoc reporting without the need for outside IT support.
SAS Visual Statistics utilizes distributed, in-memory processing for creating and editing descriptive and predictive data models via a drag-and-drop interface.
Collaborate and share data more freely between teams or workflows by sending visual insights to Microsoft Office apps with SAS Office Analytics.
SAS Mobile BI app freely available for iOS and Android integrates with SAS Visual Analytics to offer remote access to reports and dashboards.