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User at a tech services company
Jan 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are forecasting and reporting. We have used these features to produce predictive analytics reports for retail clients.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard could be made easier to use. I think that SAS BA represents an evolution of the product in this regard. I think that this solution should be more compatible with other software, including open-source solutions. If SAS were more flexible in terms of licensing then that would be good… more»

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

I have done some predictive analytics with relational databases like SQL Server and Oracle. The interface is different for each of them, but the base of everything is SQL so the main differences are the interface and the syntax.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution, although I consider other software as competitive and more user-friendly. SAS is not for everybody. When it comes to data quality and data integrity, SAS is superior, but when it comes to user-friendliness, there is other software that behaves better. I would rate this… more»
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Data Scientist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its flexibility and the ability to integrate with SAS. It is easy to integrate with open-source technologies like R or Python. I like the drag and drop interface. We can select datasets using drag and drop, for example. We use the classification and regression functions for building models from emails.

What needs improvement?

There are not many people deploying models using this solution, which is a problem. I have done some cross-development and have found that when I am building models with the open-source software, the accuracy is better. For categorical data, the models built by SAS Emailer are very complex compared to those built by the open-source version. Technical support could be improved because they take too… more»

What other advice do I have?

For some of the things that we do, we use this solution in conjunction with SAS Forecast Studio. This is a good solution, although the speed of the technical support needs to be improved. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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