SAS Visual Analytics Overview

What is SAS Visual Analytics?

SAS Business Intelligence package offers business owners an all-in-one tool for data analysis. It is mainly comprised of analytics software that can handle all of the statistical analysis that a company requires. Functions include mining and managing to fetching important information from a variety of sources and even adapting that information, all for the purpose of analyzing the data for future use.

The SAS Business Intelligence software allows users to handle, understand, and analyze their data in both past and present fields, as well as influence vital factors for future changes. Users can also create and publish reports based on their findings so that others in their field can share the information and input suggestions. The graphic presentation is another benefit that many businesses find useful when presenting their findings to others.

SAS Visual Analytics is also known as SAS BI.

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SAS Visual Analytics Customers

Staples, Ausgrid, Scotiabank, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Xcel Energy, and Triad Analytics Solutions.

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IT Project Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Easy to create a forecast, discover insights, but visualization needs work

Pros and Cons

  • "Quick deployment to dashboards and analytics features (using SAS Visual Statistics and Enterprise Guide). Easy to create a simple forecast and discover business insights using segmentation tools."
  • "Better connectivity with other data origins, better visualization, and the ability to create KPIs directly would all help."
  • "There are scalability issues. It depends on the data volume and number of end-users. VA requires a lot of hardware resources to move volumes of data."
ITCS user
Statisticien at a government with self employed
Real User
Simplifies report designs and quickly displays tables and graphs

What is our primary use case?

We use Base SAS to extract IIS logs and prepare them for analysis. Then, we load them in SAS Visual Analytics to feed the reports that we made (tables and charts). We use dynamics dropdown lists to add interactivity (such as year/month).

Pros and Cons

  • "Simplifies report designs and quickly displays tables and graphs."
  • "The speed to display charts and react to users' choices is great."
  • "The charts and tables could use better sorting, primarily using other variables than the ones on the figure. If they could implement views like in the older version (previous to Viya), it would be very nice."
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it_user543933
MSc. Health Informatics at a training & coaching company
Vendor
the best tool for insightful and analytical dashboard development and reporting

Pros and Cons

  • "The alert generation feature also helps in sending out ad hoc messages to the business users if business thresholds have been crossed."
  • "Colours used on report objects"

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and do it! It’s the best tool for insightful and analytical dashboard development and reporting.
it_user393597
SAS Visual Analytics Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
​It has taken out the step of preparing the reports so it shortened our turnaround time.

Valuable Features:

The variety of graphs and charts make it easy to show the data in a way that's easy to interpret.

Improvements to My Organization:

It has taken out the step of preparing the reports so it shortened our turnaround time. You only need to prepare the report once. Anytime an updated report is needed, you just need to upload an updated data mart.

Room for Improvement:

There are a lot of technicalities in setting up the product. 

Use of Solution:

Setting it up will probably take a while.

Deployment Issues:

Setting it up will probably take a while.

Stability Issues:

There have been no issues with its stability.

Scalability Issues:

There have been no issues scaling it.

Other Advice:

Coordinate with your IT department so they'll know the specific…
ITCS user
Junior Business Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
It provides interactive reporting with various statistical graphs.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I think SAS VA is a great software for interactive reporting. It is also very user friendly and allows people with no statistical or computing background to learn quickly to analyse data across the company.
it_user392361
Principal Engineer Processing at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It provides self-service for analytics where other systems are not so intuitive. ​

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you know your functional requirements up front. It is a great visualisation tool however if it does not support the tasks and objectives it may not work out for you.
it_user388008
Project Analyst - SAS at a renewables & environment company with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
It was a little unintuitive and required some workarounds for tasks that should have been easy. It provides a robust way to wade through data and find the important points or trends.​
it_user379647
Senior Manager, Group Analytics at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Empowers our citizen data scientists to answer their own business questions regarding customer trends and to forecast future trends.
it_user375498
Data Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
The most valuable features for us are forecasting, word clouds, and the distributed flavour.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that you always keep it simple and keep documenting what you do. Before working for any vendor, it is always better to train a certain number of people in-house, so at the client side things will be hassle free.
ITCS user
Business Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
One of the advantages of this tool is that I can analyze data without date limitations.

What other advice do I have?

It’s not a full data mining tool such as SAS Enterprise Miner, but it's a very powerful analytics tool, with useful statistical options. I especially appreciate dynamic way of visualizing data, mostly used for exploring patterns in the data. And also user friendly interface – user doesn’t really need to be data scientist to use potential of this tool. If you’re looking for advanced tool for data analysis, but you do not have enough experience for SAS Enterprise Miner, or other data mining tools, this is a good first step for you due to user friendly interface and useful options. Always keep in…
it_user374145
Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Two of the most valuable features are its forecasting capabilities and the user-friendly report access and view control.

What other advice do I have?

Please ensure you go through the implementation process with a SAS team member. There are a series of access/authority barriers that require SAS technical help.
it_user254223
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Consultant
Data preparation, exploratory analysis, and Report Designer make this visual BI tool an effective solution, but there are competitors that also provide similar features.
Originally posted in Spanish at https://sasybi.blogspot.com.es/2015/07/sas-visual-a... SAS Visual Analytics is a business analytics solution that allows you to visually explore all data in an easy-to-use platform that's accessible to users of all levels without statistical, technical, or design skills. Visual Analytics within BI solutions that are available on the market are positioned within the analytical displays solutions group. In this group, we have solutions such as QlikView, Tableau, and TIBCO Spotfire, amongst others. In summary the proposed solutions have: Analytical visualization tools that allow interactive analysis, relying on visualization capabilities and agile data management, allowing them to perform a free analysis of the data model imported into the tool.…
it_user254223
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Consultant
It enables forecasting without a background in statistics, but data preparation and management need work.

What other advice do I have?

It's important to have a data preparation tool like SAS/Enterprise Guide if your data model is complex or your volume of data high.
it_user254223
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Consultant
When it comes to statistical analysis tools, SAS and R lead the way, but are different in important ways such that the pro's and con's of each should be considered.
Originally posted in Spanish at https://blog.mbitschool.com/2015/05/data-science-tools-sas-vs-r.html and https://sasybi.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/data-science-tools-sas-vs-r.html Some of the disciplines that have experienced the most development in recent years have all related to data science. The techniques and tools used in this discipline are gaining more weight in the business environment. If we take a look at the tools most commonly used, we see that there have been changes in recent years. The next (www.datasciencecentral.com) chart shows the major tools currently used by data scientists. They are the most sought after today and represent the long trend led by R, and if we focus on existing posts, the leader has been SAS. We could add to those listed in the chart…
it_user263847
Senior Software Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Auto-charting helps identify the best chart for the categories and measures selected, but on deployment, it throws up errors like "ask your system administrator."

What other advice do I have?

It's good to go.
it_user7437
Director of Data Analytics at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Can do statistics on ratios that were more complex and advanced than other BI tools but it's not as user friendly as other BI tools
I worked on a CMS project which used hadoop, my sql, rolled into a DW (inofrmatica) which included the powercenter, metadata, dataquality moduals and SAS BI. We choose SAS because of the predictive modeling piece, they can do statistics on ratios that were more complex and advanced than other BI tools. The difficulty is that it's hard to implement and not as user friendly as other BI tools.
Ariel Lindenfeld
Director of Content at IT Central Station
Community Manager
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it_user5691
Architect at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Improved interface but still not for novices
SAS is a great toolset for moderate to advanced statistical analysis. I have been using SAS since 1975 when I was doing market research projects for my packaged goods clients. It is not for novices; you really need to know statistics and while they have improved on the interfaces significantly (eg the management console), it will be still technically challenging for someone not used to anything but true drag and drop. You still need to master the "data step" to get unruly data into shape for analysis or write precisely formatted reports, or know SQL for Proc SQL.
it_user4518
Head of Databases at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Vendor
Great for data analysis and reports once we got it up and running. Recommended

What other advice do I have?

We are using SAS because it provides us a complete set of BI capabilities. We use its role based portal to define the access level of each member of our team. I love the wizard-based report creation function which helps us in creating reports with enhanced graphs and skins. I also really like that we can print reports in PDF format and export data in any format to Excel as per our requirements. SAS in my opinion is an excellent BI solution if you have the money.
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