SAS Enterprise Guide Pros and Cons

SAS Enterprise Guide Pros

SN
Virtualization Manager at NMC Health
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.
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AM
Head Of Analytics at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product has a drag-and-drop feature that is excellent for business users and that makes it easy-to-use.
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SAS Application Architect at a computer software company
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.
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LT
Finance System & Process Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Query Builder is very valuable.
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Actuarial Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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Cenior Healthcare Economic Consultant at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Data Architect at levvel
Statistical functionality and basic database interaction can become very straightforward for business users that don't have a background in SQL and data analysis.
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Advisor at KPMG
The solution is user-friendly, the resource for the query builder is very useful, and the ability to explore the data is a benefit.
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GF
Sr Manager - Reporting, Analytics and Quality Control (Business Transformation) at Golden 1 Credit Union
This solution allows for simplified working with large datasets.
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SAS Enterprise Guide Cons

SN
Virtualization Manager at NMC Health
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.
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AM
Head Of Analytics at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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SAS Application Architect at a computer software company
Our data warehouse is built on the Netezza database. We have SAS BI, and we populate the Netezza database. When we have tables with, for example, a hundred million rows in Netezza, SAS Enterprise Guide doesn't work. It doesn't return any results. It works for around 30 to 40 million rows, but it is not working for anything more than that. This issue is only with the Netezza database. With Oracle, it is quite good. They can improve its performance with the Netezza database. There should be one unique tool that includes SAS Data Integration Studio and SAS Enterprise Guide for more integration capabilities. With SAS Enterprise Guide, it is not possible to create connections and libraries and build transformations that can be used for other projects. This tool should have all capabilities that SAS Enterprise Guide does not have. Such a tool would be perfect because it will be used by developers and business users at the same time. In addition to the integration capabilities, they should also provide more deployment capabilities. There should be an option to easily create SAS packages and export them from one environment to another. There could also be a possibility to connect with R and Python. Open-source tools are hot in the market nowadays, and it would be good to extend its capabilities.
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LT
Finance System & Process Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
For some of the advanced functions, you need to learn some SAS code to get what you want.
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Actuarial Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
They should provide more information for the errors or logs. Currently, it gives you just the error message without explaining anything.
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Cenior Healthcare Economic Consultant at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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.
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Data Architect at levvel
I would like to see integration with schedulers when run from hosting environments such as Citrix.
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Advisor at KPMG
There needs to be a community of SAS Enterprise Guide users for assistance. For example, as they do for Python or SQL.
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GF
Sr Manager - Reporting, Analytics and Quality Control (Business Transformation) at Golden 1 Credit Union
I would like to see better Charting in this solution.
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