SAS Activity-Based Management Archived Reviews (More than two years old)

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Vendor
CEO at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
Jul 18 2017

How has it helped my organization?

Helps to compare production costs across different departments.

What needs improvement?

* The data integration is very complex * Visualization of the cost flow is not user-friendly * It takes hours to build OLAP cubes to analyze the results of the model

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

Try to get other products in the package like enterprise guide and SAS integration studio.

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

We did not use a different solution before this one.

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hyperion PCM and SAP PCM.
Vendor
Data Scientist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 11 2015

What is most valuable?

The product is designed for very specific accounting based projects such as cost allocation and maybe transfer pricing.

How has it helped my organization?

The product helped determine the organization's true cost of providing its products and services to customers.

What needs improvement?

The interface is poorly designed and could really use an improvement to compete with other comparable software.

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

It cost a lot of in-house resources to get this product to work. The software itself was not very expensive through the agreement we had with the vendor.

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

The original software was owned by another company, and SAS acquired them. There was some level of backward compatibility but it wasn't that smooth of a transition.

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No because legacy models were created in this system, we had to use it. There are a wide range of other options in data analytics that could provide similar capabilities.
Consultant
Optimization Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 30 2015

What is most valuable?

The calculation ability because when you make Activity Based cost models, you need to be able to calculate the distributed cost for each activity. The model consists of several layers and ABM is able to calculate how costs are split and added. This task is too advanced for Excel and it needs a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The product allows us to calculate the distributed cost across activities

What needs improvement?

The usability needs to be improved but bear in mind that we did not have the latest update. Changes in the model were not easy through ABM as some user constraints were not logical. For example, the default layout couldn't be changed, so each user had to switch the layout whenever they opened a… more »

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.
Vendor
Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 19 2015

What do you think of SAS Activity-Based Management?

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…
Vendor
Performance Management/VP at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 16 2015

What is most valuable?

SAS Activity Based Management (ABM): * OLAP drilling function with chart/ graphs (available on version 6.2 but removed in version 6.4): this function helps in presentation preparation * OLAP data extraction and export * Able to trace back… more »

How has it helped my organization?

ABM: * We use ABM as an expense allocation model and it has improve the awareness and accountability of the cost incurred (due to the 'traceability' feature as mentioned in no.4 above). * We are able to run and refresh the expense… more »

What needs improvement?

I am hoping the 'drilling with graph function' (as mentioned in above) can be brought back in the updated version.

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

I am not sure about the setup cost but our annual maintenance fee is around Malaysian Ringgit 10k (charges based on number of users).

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… more »

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.
SAS Activity-Based Management customers
Bank of Queensland, Barclays Bank, BioMar, Danske Bank, Danske Spil, DPPS, First Allied