SAS Enterprise Guide Review

Reliable, powerful for working with large data sets, and saves time


What is our primary use case?

I use it for programming. When we import data sets or databases, we work with data management and program scripts, etc. We have its basic license.

How has it helped my organization?

We work with large data sets that cannot be handled in Excel. SAS gives us the opportunity and the privilege to work with large data sets. It is very easy with SAS, and it saves time. For example, if I want to use the same data with Excel, it would take a whole day, but with SAS, I can do it in two or three hours at the most.

What is most valuable?

We are able to work on the server, and I can copy a data set and share it with someone in my team. Similarly, if I want some data from them, I can get it. Being able to work on the server and being able to switch from one user to another is a good thing.

It is reliable and powerful, and its community is very wide.

What needs improvement?

They should provide more information for the errors or logs. Currently, it gives you just the error message without explaining anything.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with this solution for two years. I use it daily for my work.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. It can handle large data sets. There is no problem with that.

Currently, we have a team of five people. I have a manager and other colleagues. All of us don't have the same role. We all handle data, but we have different diplomas. I work as an actuarial analyst, statistics engineer, and data analyst.

How are customer service and technical support?

I am not sure if we have a contact for technical support from them, but there is a big community of SAS.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used the open-source product R, which is not exactly similar. We switched because it was a part of our strategy to use SAS. In terms of time response, R is not very powerful. SAS is more powerful in terms of data management., and someone who is not very experienced with programming can use the UI.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the initial setup. Its maintenance and administration are handled by IT, but they're not very well-trained in this solution. It is a new one for them, and sometimes, we do get stuck because they are not very experienced with this solution and its features.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is very expensive. We have a basic license, and there are many features that are not available with the basic version.

What other advice do I have?

You must have a basic background in programming, such as SQL programming, to use it easily.

I would rate SAS Enterprise Guide an eight out of ten.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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