SAS Visual Analytics Review

It was a little unintuitive and required some workarounds for tasks that should have been easy. It provides a robust way to wade through data and find the important points or trends.​


Valuable Features

The features I found most valuable were the quick visualizations and the ease with which one could explore data sets. This gives the user a fast-moving and robust way to wade through data and find the important points or trends.

Improvements to My Organization

It created efficiencies in reporting and data visualization. I still resorted to Enterprise Guide and SQL for some of my work, but for quick visualizations without trying to reinvent the wheel, VA was fast and powerful. Given more time to learn and implement (and with a few bug fixes), VA could have greatly improved the way reporting was handled.

Room for Improvement

The product as used was a little unintuitive and required some workarounds for tasks that should have been easy e.g. automating a query for populating a data table. The problems that I was having were supposedly fixed in newer versions.

From memory, table joins and custom queries could have been a little more user friendly. I was also dealing with simple problems such as not being able to print dashboards or reports that I think were to be addressed in the next release.

Use of Solution

I used it for six month.

Deployment Issues

There were no big issues with the deployment.

Stability Issues

A few problems were had with tables randomly dropping out of LASR, but no big issues that I can remember that were solely caused by the software.

Scalability Issues

There were no issues with the scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Excellent. From installation to implementation, if there wasn’t a SAS consultant on site helping us work through the problem, they were very easy to get in touch with and very willing to help.

Previous Solutions

Before Visual Analytics, Enterprise Guide was used in conjunction with Information Map Studio and a couple of other products to meet reporting needs. Visual Analytics was chosen as a single software solution, and to improve reporting and visualization speed and presentation.

Initial Setup

It was complex in that it took some troubleshooting and brainstorming sessions to combine all environments that we needed combined and to make all needed data available.

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