Monica BesleagaSAS Application Architect at a computer software company
Anonymous UserSolution Architect at a financial services firm
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"This solution allows for simplified working with large datasets."
"In Daman, I had used the data module, where you can join the table and take whatever data we require for our work. You join tables and create columns as you wish, then analyze data in various ways depending on what the problem is. We used it to detect fraud, abnormalities, anomalies, abnormal trends, etc. It's also good for exporting and importing tables."
"Statistical functionality and basic database interaction can become very straightforward for business users that don't have a background in SQL and data analysis."
"The Query Builder is very valuable."
"Areas where SAS EG does a better job than regular SAS are in the realm of importing and exporting data. For instance, exporting a SAS data set in Unix to an Excel spreadsheet on a PC is a simple task compared to doing the same task with Base SAS."
"The product has a drag-and-drop feature that is excellent for business users and that makes it easy-to-use."
"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."
"Filter and sort query builder is valuable. The ability to do advanced SAS programming is also a useful feature because we can do anything by using Enterprise Guide. It has a lot of functionalities. We can build ETL processes. There are clients who are using SAS Enterprise Guide to build ETL processes. They have a SAS-based program that is scheduled to run at a certain frequency to produce some reports for the business. It is a very useful tool for ETL unit tests and functional tests. You can also do data science projects in SAS Enterprise Guide by using different statistics. During my MBA, we used SAS Enterprise Guide for our statistic course. To query the data, there are many solutions such as SQL, but these tools are only a part of the integration. They are only useful for querying the data and require knowledge of SQL, so they are not suitable for business users. SAS Enterprise Guide can be very easily used by business users to filter and sort the data and build queries. It is not necessary to have coding skills to use SAS Enterprise Guide. For this reason, it is attractive for businesses."
"The most valuable feature is the ability to map data and write workflows with logic inside them."
"You can create a lot of ingestions based on the file levels or based on the time."
"I would like to see better Charting in this solution."
"Now that I have experience with Tableau, I think the visualization part of SAS EG could be more user friendly and easier to use. Tableau is very easy to use. It's just does a lot of work by itself, including color schemes. I think that could be incorporated easily into SAS EG, which would make it a much better product. Then you would not need Tableau."
"I would like to see integration with schedulers when run from hosting environments such as Citrix."
"For some of the advanced functions, you need to learn some SAS code to get what you want."
"I had difficulty with the diagrammatic flow chart style representation of projects. When projects got too large and complex (which was basically every project, except the most trivial). There just wasn't enough real estate to display the flow chart and dependencies without a lot of scrolling, even when a flow was down to minimum tasks. My recourse was making the flow less "atomic". E.g., rather than use the various subset, etc., tasks as program nodes to display the details, I would write chunks of code that did a few things and use them as SAS program nodes."
"The product is missing a visualization component so we have to use a separate tool for visualization."
"Machine learning is not utilized and that could enhance the product."
"They should provide more information for the errors or logs. Currently, it gives you just the error message without explaining anything."
"Technical support is in need of improvement."
"The major pain point with Zaloni is that their exception handling is not good. If any event happens, it doesn't tell you at which point it failed and it doesn't tell the operations team how they should take corrective actions unless you call Zaloni and then identify the issues. That is one issue."
"Management liked it a lot because the license per seat was cheaper than a traditional SAS environment."
"It is very expensive. We have a basic license, and there are many features that are not available with the basic version."
"In general, SAS has high prices, which is a reason why some clients don't use SAS solutions. The licensing is on a yearly basis."
SAS Enterprise Guide is a point-and-click, menu- and wizard-driven tool that empowers users to analyze data and publish results. It provides fast-track learning for quick data analysis, generates code for productivity and speeds your ability to deploy analyses and forecasts in real time.
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SAS Enterprise Guide is ranked 2nd in Data Preparation Tools with 9 reviews while Zaloni Data Platform is ranked 3rd in Data Preparation Tools with 2 reviews. SAS Enterprise Guide is rated 7.6, while Zaloni Data Platform is rated 6.6. The top reviewer of SAS Enterprise Guide writes "Very good for analysis but visualization is somewhat lacking". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zaloni Data Platform writes "Solid multi-ingestion tool but with poor exception handling". SAS Enterprise Guide is most compared with Alteryx, Trifacta Wrangler Enterprise, Toad Data Point, SAS Data Loader For Hadoop and Paxata, whereas Zaloni Data Platform is most compared with Collibra Governance, Alteryx and Alation Data Catalog. See our SAS Enterprise Guide vs. Zaloni Data Platform report.
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