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Data Preparation Tools Reviews

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Alteryx
Real User
Associate Solutions Analyst at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features to me is its ability to take millions of rows of data, blend them with more millions of rows of data, then output the data set to a Tableau Data Extract can output to a *.tde, we are able to use it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Non-computer-savvy business users used to require periodic and ad-hoc reports to spot trends or so they could work with our customers on spend allocation. Some of these reports took days or weeks to compile. Alteryx allowed us to access all... more»

What needs improvement?

The company is constantly pushing updates and making the product more user friendly and faster. Although I have about seven months’ experience using it, I don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface on its capabilities. I haven’t used its... more»
Alteryx
Real User
Director at Decision Science
Mar 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* The codeless concept and speed of processing are unique. Super intuitive to use and easy to master. No coder needed. * I did not find a data source that I could not connect to yet. * In/out, preparation, blending, parsing, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Alteryx speeds up the time to obtain business answers/insights on data. It can quickly process huge amounts of data. It allows you to have your business prepare their own data sets, and it can even be used by IT people. The speed of... more»

What needs improvement?

Even when it already includes some AI models, this area could be improved. The another area which could be improved is the visualizations. It would be great to create the final users' visualization within Alteryx.

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Alteryx
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

The drag-and-drop capability to create a workflow works like drawing a flow chart. Each icon represents an action. You drag the action on the canvas and connect it to the data source, make configurations on the action, then run the workflow.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Alteryx automated some manual standard processes and the workflow is easy to maintain. Staff do not need to wait for IT to prepare data once a data warehouse is set up. The output can be shared within the company which other teams can make... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the field tracks along the workflow show the route of selected field. That would be easier to do checking or modification when designing a complex workflow. Also, data profiling would be helpful if audit/compliance... more»
User
Statistician
Feb 22 2018

What is most valuable?

As discussed above, the process flow and code wizards are very valuable as they allow any analyst, even those totally new to SAS, to quickly learn about new projects and get up to speed so that they can start working with it as fast as... more»

How has it helped my organization?

SAS EG is a reliable program that consistently performs well when it comes to manipulating large datasets. Furthermore, the process flow and code wizards help keep things well organized so that it's easy to pass on projects to other analysts.

What needs improvement?

I realize that this is fairly impractical as a request, given how SAS EG is programmed, but I'd love it to be as quick as base SAS for simpler data queries. The intention of SAS EG is that the SAS commands are executed on a server, so this... more»
Alteryx
Real User
Founding Partner at Altdata Analytics
Jul 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* One-stop shop for data preparation, blending, prediction, and optimization in a single workflow. * In-database analytics native to SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, and SAP HANA * Spatial tools for geographic analysis and data enrichment

How has it helped my organization?

We provided the whole consulting delivery on a single tool with reporting and automated PowerPoint presentations.

What needs improvement?

* GPU or multi-core CPU utilization * WYSIWYG reporting with interactive filters and graphics * Mobile integration: Triggers analytic apps through mobile phone and gets results interactively. * More statistics tools: We can use to compare... more»
Alteryx
Vendor
Global People Analytics & Metrics Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 18 2018

What do you think of Alteryx?

Improvements to My Organization We can now provide a single source of truth and build a bigger picture. • Valuable Features The data preparation. We have high reporting needs and the data is stored in many different tools. We are moving to predictive analysis too. Still, we need an easy to deploy solution until the IT department finds a better solution to connect all data sources. • Room for Improvement The learning curve is long, and there is lack of e-learning; the tool is not user-friendly to a non-technical user. • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues No stability issues. • Scalability Issues No scalability issues, if it is accompanied with centralization or the organization has a strong top-down culture. • Customer Service and...
Consultant
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Aug 10 2017

What do you think of SAS Enterprise Guide?

Valuable Features SAS/EG is a very good tool for data management and analytics tasks. You can use the workflow to create jobs in a guided mode or you can write code in SAS/BASE. The workflow possibility is a very good option, because you don't need to know programming to create analytics projects. • Improvements to My Organization This tool has improved the work in customer intelligence or business intelligence departments. • Room for Improvement I found difficulties when trying to connect to Big Data environments, such as Apache Spark. • Use of Solution For 10 years using SAS/EG and SAS/BASE. • Stability Issues No. • Scalability Issues No. • Customer Service and Technical Support An eight out of 10. • Previous Solutions I have also used R. Both are...
Alteryx
Real User
Founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & President (company of 1) with 51-200 employees
Jan 18 2017

What do you think of Alteryx?

Valuable Features Data Blending and Predictive Analytics: Alteryx is very intuitive and you don’t need to know how to write code to use Alteryx. • Improvements to My Organization It helped us reduce time blending data from multiple sources into one file. Our analyst’s time was cut from two days to one hour of data blending and the output was amazing! And we could map out file-run predictive analytics in the same tool. • Room for Improvement Visualization: There is room to improve here. • Use of Solution I have used it for two years; this is our third year using Alteryx Designer. • Stability Issues I did not encounter any stability issues. • Scalability Issues I did not encounter any scalability issues. • Customer Service and Technical Support I haven’t...
Consultant
Consultant BI senior - spécialité SAS at a financial services firm
Feb 26 2018

What is most valuable?

Some of the tasks provided are really useful, such as "characterize data". This feature saved me a lot of time in the past years by providing me with a complete picture of a data table with just a few clicks. It is great for profiling data.

How has it helped my organization?

SAS EG really helped us fix a security problem with SAS PC by bringing the data on a secure SAS server. Then, we could have the end users use SAS EG for work with SAS. This secured the overall solution, also bringing better performance by... more»

What needs improvement?

I feel that the performance could be increased by leveraging multi-thread with any SAS BI platform, not just the high performance ones. I see no reason for limiting the process to sequential all the time.
Real User
Senior Risk and Fraud Analyst at a financial services firm
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

SAS EG offers many excellent features, such as parallel execution on the same server, controlling output datasets in the process flow, and conditional processing. Just to name a few.

How has it helped my organization?

SAS EG has evolved significantly, especially in the past 10 years. It has improved tremendously moving from providing an easy menu-driven system to also providing an excellent platform for developing and running full production systems, with... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be very useful if EG could be enhanced to automatically file and clear the project log to ensure non-stop running of the project.
Real User
Business Intelligence Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 01 2018

What is most valuable?

Scheduling downtime of some programs has been eliminated. The process flows are a very exciting feature to use. Also, for the tasks, this makes it easier to just filter without having to really code.

How has it helped my organization?

SAS EG improved my organization. We do not bother any longer with some programs did not run, hence having to rerun them again.

What needs improvement?

A log belongs to each program. I have experienced a situation where when I run just the exec files, it replaces the whole log and I wanted to see the earlier log, then this was not possible.
Alteryx
Real User
Billigence VP for Europe at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 14 2017

What do you think of Alteryx?

Improvements to My Organization Faster delivery of projects Quick preparation of data for analysis Direct output to Tableau extract for visualization Significant productivity improvement • Valuable Features Data blending Calculations Predictive models, which are easy to use, and help a lot with fast design and deployment. • Room for Improvement Visualization. • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues No issues. • Scalability Issues Not really. • Customer Service and Technical Support There is a very good and supported community.  Reasonable reaction time for the support. • Previous Solutions Different ETL tools (SSIS, Talend). We switched for ease of use and a wide range of features. • Initial Setup Easy to install and intuitive to...
Alteryx
Real User
Senior Insights Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 11 2018

What is most valuable?

Geo features have made spatial mapping large retail universes possible. The basic package of manipulation tools are the tools that my team use the most. It makes lengthy Excel processes seamless and lighting quick in comparison.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows for manipulation and automation, which has greatly reduced the amount of time required per project.

What needs improvement?

A feature which allows the user to be able to click on an output (in a file browser) and see the creation of the module would be fantastic. Also, when a process completes there is a notification, but the notification does not include the... more»
Real User
Economist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 28 2018

What do you think of SAS Enterprise Guide?

Primary Use Case I use it for quality assurance and identification of outliers. EG is great for a quick standardized sort of analysis. • Improvements to My Organization It has definitely improved our communication with senior management. • Valuable Features The point and click makes it easy to transfer the knowledge to new employees. It is also compatible with other softwares, such as Excel.  • Room for Improvement Sentiment analytics would be a great feature to add into EG, as well as compatibility with machine learning languages, such as Python and R.  • Use of Solution More than five years. • Previous Solutions It is the solution that we have been using since before I started working at my organization.
Real User
Vice President, Enterprise Data Management, Analytics CoE at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 26 2018

What do you think of SAS Enterprise Guide?

Primary Use Case Using with SAS Grid, data manipulation, preparation, and modeling development. • Improvements to My Organization Enabled us to remove PC SAS, which reduced risk. Takes advantage of our Enterprise SAS Grid. • Valuable Features The Copy task feature Portability with SAS Studio User interface and code builder • Room for Improvement More bi-directional integration with the SAS Studio suite of tools is needed. • Use of Solution More than five years.
Alteryx
Real User
Professor Adjunct at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 18 2018

What do you think of Alteryx?

Primary Use Case Data integration Automation Data analytics • Improvements to My Organization It saves time on a lot projects. • Valuable Features The analytics are easy. • Room for Improvement In the database, it should be more functional and connect to more big data, especially using IPI. • Use of Solution More than five years.

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