SAS Activity-Based Management Overview

What is SAS Activity-Based Management?
SAS Activity-Based Management is an analytic application that models business processes to determine cost, profitability and drivers. With this solution, organizations can make informed decisions that streamline processes, deliver revenue growth and reduce costs across the organization.
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SAS Activity-Based Management Customers
Bank of Queensland, Barclays Bank, BioMar, Danske Bank, Danske Spil, DPPS, First Allied
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CEO at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
Vendor
Helps to compare production costs across different departments. Try CostPerform from QPR.

What other advice do I have?

Try Cost Perform from QPR. It is a better tool. We weren’t aware of the existence of CostPerform during the tender.
Data Scientist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
It helped determine the organization's true cost of providing its products but there were deployment problems because the installation was extremely difficult.

What other advice do I have?

Only implement this product for very specific purposes, if you need very complex scalable accounting projects. You need an IT support team to deploy and maintain this software.
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Optimization Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
ABM is able to calculate how costs are split and added. However, changes in the model were not easy as some user constraints were not logical.

What other advice do I have?

Consider self development. Also, as we only use ABM for calculating distributed costs, we are considering programming that part into the SQL server.
Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It could be made much more simpler. Most of the time it looks like a black box for developers.

What is most valuable?

Cube generation is a valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

Cost optimization Transparency

What needs improvement?

It could be made much more simpler. Most of the time it looks like a black box for developers.

For how long have I used the solution?

Two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes there are some issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes there are some issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Good. Technical Support: Good.

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

Not in the past, but I currently have an alternate solution.

How was the initial setup?

Originally I heard that it is the best product in the market…
Performance Management/VP at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
OLAP data extraction and export is a valuable feature but the drilling function needs to be brought back.

What other advice do I have?

I can't give much advice on the implementation of this product because I was not involved during that stage. However, I think extensive UAT and training should be the crucial part to ensure smooth transition and maximize usage by users. It can be difficult and confusing to use the OLAP drilling function but it is very useful if user able to gain an understanding on it. Another point is to ensure allocation of good capacity server to host this software if the data involved is huge, else performance will be an issue.
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