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Real User
IT Project Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Agility in dashboard creation and evaluating statistics with simple models.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

* Connectivity with other data origins * Visualization is poor * Create KPIs directly

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

Compare pricing online with other vendors; licensing type is simple.

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

QlikView and Qlik Sense, IBM Cognos suite.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Qlik, IBM Cognos, MicroStrategy, and others.
Real User
Statisticien at a government with self employed
Feb 27 2018

What is most valuable?

The speed to display charts and react to users' choices is great. We use different charts and they added some new ones since the last version which are great to display what we have to show.

How has it helped my organization?

Simplifies report designs and quickly displays tables and graphs. Time is not wasted thinking about what I want, then waiting for 30 minutes before seeing the display was not it.

What needs improvement?

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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Vendor
MSc. Health Informatics at a professional training and coaching company
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Majorly, SAS is a statistical analysis tool and the statistics incorporated within the VA/VS of a business intelligence tool is quite sufficient. It enables the users to… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I cannot comment on this since I belong to an organisation who sells and implements this tool, but our customers are satisfied with this tool.

What needs improvement?

* Colours used on report objects * Look and feel * Nested calculations

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

Know your data volumes needed for reporting, and project your data growth for at least five years to size your servers right!

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and do it! It’s the best tool for insightful and analytical dashboard development and reporting.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I sell and implement this tool. The evaluation is always at the customer end.
Vendor
SAS Visual Analytics Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 23 2016

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

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…
Consultant
Junior Business Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 22 2016

What is most valuable?

Interactive reporting with various statistical graphs. The company was able to see the 360 view of how the customers were consuming their services in terms of membership… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It removes functional silos that departments have before. With the use of SAS Visual Analytics, the marketing department can actually see if their campaigns are actually… more »

What needs improvement?

It will be better if SAS can accomodate Survey data as some organisations are would like to load their survey results and analyse in SAS. Easier data cleaning features in… more »

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

I think given the power of analytics and how it can improve your company, the price for licensing is worth it although it may be regarded as pricy for smaller… more »

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

I did not use any solution before. We decided to use SAS straightaway. There wasn't any analytics solution we use before.

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluate other softwares. We found that SAS can take data from other applications such as Salesforce and many other enterprise applications.
Vendor
Principal Engineer Processing at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 21 2016

What is most valuable?

Since it is simply drag and drop it makes data inspection easy. It is the most complete in its fulfilment of the "vision". Mostly used for creating structured reports that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The advanced and predictive analytics where disparate time series dataset need to be combined based on irregular time and other, it was not the best tool. It was fairly… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see the ability to use Python or other codes within the workflow. The helpdesk was not great. Part of the reason why we went back to open source Python was… more »

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

Reasonable for what you get. Very good production/operations tool to enable self services of analytics. Not good for development.

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

Used Python and R, as well as Rapidminer for data exploration and visualisation. Tried SAS for two months and found it too slow and not flexible enough. Visual Analytics… more »

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Vendor
Project Analyst - SAS at a renewables & environment company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 16 2016

What is most valuable?

The features I found most valuable were the quick visualizations and the ease with which one could explore data sets. This gives the user a fast-moving and robust way to wade through data and find the important points or trends.

How has it helped my organization?

It created efficiencies in reporting and data visualization. I still resorted to Enterprise Guide and SQL for some of my work, but for quick visualizations without trying to reinvent the wheel, VA was fast and powerful. Given more time to learn and implement (and with a few bug fixes), VA could have… more »

What needs improvement?

The product as used was a little unintuitive and required some workarounds for tasks that should have been easy e.g. automating a query for populating a data table. The problems that I was having were supposedly fixed in newer versions. From memory, table joins and custom queries could have been a… more »

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

Before Visual Analytics, Enterprise Guide was used in conjunction with Information Map Studio and a couple of other products to meet reporting needs. Visual Analytics was chosen as a single software solution, and to improve reporting and visualization speed and presentation.
Vendor
Senior Manager, Group Analytics at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2016

What is most valuable?

* Fast interactive dashboard designer * Visual data explorer (network analysis, sankey, model segmentation) * Inclusion of a really good predictive modelling visual interface

How has it helped my organization?

* Exposure of full population transactional data to customer facing roles with ability to analyse trends and patterns * Empowers our citizen data scientists to answer their own business questions regarding customer trends and to forecast… more »

What needs improvement?

* Random forest modelling in visual statistics * Ability to select category for display in data object from control such as drop down list

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

Pricing is excellent and beats a lot of the competition, especially when scaling.

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

SAS Visual Analytics was been chosen by my employer as one of two applications for strategic data visualisation. Tableau has been adopted for general purposes, whilst SAS Visual Analytics and Visual Studio are deployed for data… more »
Vendor
Data Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 27 2016

What is most valuable?

* Forecasting * Word clouds * Distributed flavour

How has it helped my organization?

After implementation of SAS Visual Analytics, we overcome the prediction of future business and we were able to plan the future business, who are our premium customers… more »

What needs improvement?

If there could be 100% feasibility of forecasting feature available then we could be more accurate as it's currently 95%.

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

The next release of SAS Visual Analytics, v10, will be cloud based, so pricing and licensing will cost you less.

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

I used SAS BI as well. Infomap Studio, Web Report Studio, and Information Delivery Portals(IDP), which does almost the same as this does, but much slower, and there is no… more »

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It doesn't matter if the data is live or historical, if you have visualization and analytics skills, then Visual Analytics is the best way to project the visualization of… more »
Consultant
Business Analyst at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The way how data is shown in the tool – using predefined views (statistical methods) is very helpful for understanding data/patterns – with such help I’m able to focus only on a specific area within my data set much easier than in other… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Handling of large volumes of data is much easier here, even with the fact that we’re using various data tools. I’m working mostly with ITIL core processes data (incident management, problem management, configuration management etc.). What… more »

What needs improvement?

Extension to more statistical functions, rest is quite OK. We always need to have in mind is that this is not a data mining tool, but an analytics tool for data exploring and for big data handling, which main advantage is in way how output… more »

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

I'm an experienced SAP Business Objects report developer, I have also experience with IBM SPSS, SQL Developer, with an overview of SAS Enterprise Miner, MS Excel, and other tools. The advantage of this tool is its big data handling in… more »

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… more »
Consultant
Analyst at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2016

What is most valuable?

* Reporting capability * Rapid data processing * Seamless * User-friendly report access and view control * Forecasting capabilities All these features blend in very well together. Users from the most… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We implemented this product for our client as a BI/reporting tool. It has been key to addressing some major bottlenecks in our client’s CAPEX/OPEX planning.

What needs improvement?

SAS Visual Analytics was often prone to crashing. Modules with barely 20 to 30 GB datasets took a lot of time to load even after satisfying necessary software specifications (RAM, etc.).

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

In terms of ROI, our client was able to chart out a viable savings plan using the insights we drew using SAS Visual Analytics.

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

SAS products/licensing fees are generally higher than industry standards.
Consultant
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Aug 10 2015

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

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.…
Consultant
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Aug 09 2015

What is most valuable?

* Visual analytics * Reporting * Predictions features

How has it helped my organization?

We have detected a high margin group of customers with very little work.

What needs improvement?

Data preparation, and data management need work, as without Enterprise Guide, if you use SAS/VA alone (not SAS/VA pro), it will be hard to do the data preparation… more »

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

The initial cost is just for the licenses, and the day-to-day cost is the consulting services.

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

I knew Business Objects and QlikView. I started with SAS/VA because the client needed prediction and forecasting features.

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Qlikview. It was good at visualization, but poor about prediction and forecasting features, so we chose SAS Visual Analytics.
Consultant
Project Manager - Business Intelligence at www.datademy.es
Jul 06 2015

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

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…
Vendor
Senior Software Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2015

What is most valuable?

* Correlation * Forecasting * Autocharting * Geomaps

How has it helped my organization?

The correlation gives us a better understanding of new data. Also, with auto-charting, it helps in identifying the best chart for the categories and measures selected.

What needs improvement?

Many things missing, including - * Infomaps * Facebook connection * Better objects * Forecasting, auto-charting, and correlation are only available in exploration but should be available in reports *… more »

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

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

It's good to go.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were evaluated.
Vendor
Director of Data Analytics at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 01 2013

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

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
Community Manager
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Jun 11 2013

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

The February 2013 Magic Quadrant states that the primary drivers for SAS BI adoption are data access & integration, and the ability to support large volumes of data. Are you a Real User of SAS BI? Why did you chose this solution? If you are a user or are evaluating SAS BI, add your comment below or write your own review. Share your opinion with our community!
Vendor
Architect at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 04 2013

What do you think of SAS Visual Analytics?

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.
Vendor
Head of Databases at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 26 2013

What is most valuable?

• Includes great tools for performing data analysis, executing queries and developing reports. • We can develop all types of reports by using its web based interactive interface. It enables us to build, load, organize, view and save reports based on OLAP cubes and/or relational data from one or more data sources. • It offers us a central platform and support for maintaining consistent metadata… more »

What needs improvement?

• It is expensive. This is BI at the the high end. • Installation is complex. We required expensive professional services for installation. Would be nice to be able to do the install ourselves! • We had compatibility issues while integrating SAS.

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… more »

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.

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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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