Enterprise Software TCO Calculator – SAS BI

How it Works

Fill out the form below for a your TCO estimate. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: SAS Institute Inc. (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: BI Heavy
  • Company Headquarters: 100 SAS Campus Drive Cary, NC 27513-2414, USA
  • Site: http://www.sas.com
  • Contact number: 919.677.8000
  • Delivery Mechanism: On Premises

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MUFI Rating & Risk – SAS BI

MUFI Rating & Risk – SAS BI

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: SAS (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

SAS is one of the largest BI software vendors in the world. The hold over a third of the market for advanced analytics and SAS has its programming language for statistical analysis. However, as usual, SAS has kept a low profile, so it is easy to forget how established they are in the markets they serve. SAS did not enter the BI space until 2004, with its previous experience being forecasting and statistical applications.

Application Detail

SAS is a BI Heavy application and thus requires quite a bit of skill and investment to master. SAS is the most established software vendors in statistical analysis. Therefore, for sophisticated statistical analysis, it is difficult to compete with them. IBM attempted to do so when IBM purchased SPSS, which is a statistical program, but SPSS was always a much smaller software vendor versus SAS and SAS is still the clear leader in this BI subcategory. Of course, SPSS was not internally developed, so SAS’s roadmap with regards to its statistical tools already very strong, is predicted by us to continue to improve. SAS makes a serious solution, and unlike other major vendors develops most of its software internally, and however, SAS scores poorly in buyer satisfaction because of its inherent complexity.

SAS Demo

SAS’s BI product is one of the better from a large software vendor. Its front end is better than all the other large BI software vendors.

▶_SAS_Time_Series_Studio__Understanding_Time_Series_-_YouTube

SAS’s has some leading analytical products such as SAS Time Series. This screen shot is a demo created by SAS that shows the change in the number of Olympic medals won over the years. This demo, which is available on YouTube, not only shows off SAS software but also highlights the fact that SAS tends to deliver excellent value-added information to its clients. This is true of their consulting as well. The demo in the video is a sophisticated explanation of how to structure time series data. One can easily observe that while some software vendors focus much of their attention on pushing various trends in BI – SAS has a more serious approach to the topic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQTXkZNMZLw

Our recommendation regarding SAS is very similar to MicroStrategy because they are similar BI vendors in that they both offer leading technologies and much better overall values that most of the other large BI software vendors. SAS also has strong technology, although they don’t aggressively market it the same way other large vendors do – which we consider to be positive.

As with MicroStrategy, too many buyers have ended up with SAS solutions that are too much for them to handle, where the buyer would have been better off choosing a more straightforward to implement and maintain solution. Therefore, before deciding which vendors to place in a software selection, it makes sense to evaluate not only the business requirements, but one’s own long-term BI budget, and one’s tolerance for solution complexity. SAS BI is a very good fit for buyers that are willing to put the necessary resources into their BI solution.

SAS has a long-term partnership, which a real partnership with Teradata, the top software vendor for data warehousing. Buyers that use both vendors together report that unlike some software vendor partnerships, SAS and Teradata tend to work well together, and there is a strong overlap between the strengths of the BI platforms/applications. We are a big supporter of not committing entirely to one vendor, but on using vendors by their strengths. See our blended Solution Architecture – Combining Two Competing Applications service for customized advice on creating solution architectures from what are often considered competing software vendors.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

Vendor and Application Risk

SAS BI is a serious platform brought by a well-respected software vendor in SAS. Most the implementation resourcing and expectation issues are positive due to how SAS tends to do business. The main risk associated with a SAS BI implementation is the complexity of the platform.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor-specific risk. In our formula, the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

Risk Management Approach

SAS BI implementations require particular attention to the staffing, as outlined in our SAS BI Project Planning Package.

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References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAS_(software)

MUFI Rating & Risk – SAS Demand Driven Forecasting

MUFI: Maintainability, Usability, Functionality, Implement ability

Vendor: SAS (Select For Vendor Profile)

Introduction

SAS has over 6500 forecasting customers. Secondly, this is one of the few software vendors where engineering is actually in charge versus sales. SAS stays under the radar, but is quite popular with customers.

Application Detail

SAS forecasting has always been the go to solution when a company wanted to develop its own custom forecasting models. Unfortunately for SAS, very few companies actually staff their demand planning/forecasting departments in order to create and validate custom forecast models. Therefore SAS adjusted their application to have a broader appeal. One approach of SAS Demand Driven Forecasting, if the SAS Forecast Server is also purchased is the automation of forecasting. SAS is one of the few demand planning vendors to focus on simulation for forecasting. Forecast simulation is extremely important so that forecasting can be continually improved.

SAS has chosen to go with a very bare bones user interface in its forecasting system. As with Demand Works and Forecast Pro, the interface is highly focused around hierarchies and attributes (an attribute is a relational – impermanent hierarchy). These are used both for actually forecasting at higher levels, as well as for navigating through various groupings. SAS Demand Driven Forecasting also has a consensus based forecasting functionality within the same application. This is the demonstration of a new trend in statistical applications that they are increasingly taking consensus forecasting seriously.

A common problem in companies is missing periods. These periods should not be interpreted as zeros, because this is a data problem – not actually a zero sale period. In SAS, the application can be instructed what to do with these value, and one options is to simply treat them as missing.

SAS is appealing for customers that are not only attracted to SAS software, but to the many years of forecasting expertise and the knowledge of how forecasting systems can be implemented successfully in a company.

MUFI Scores

All scores out of a possible 10.

Vendor and Application Risk

SAS Demand Driven Forecasting faces the similar issues of the more heavyweight forecasting applications, which is one of being overwhelmed with the available functionality. SAS Demand Driven Forecasting is not as user friendly as other applications in this category, however the application is well designed and ready for heavy-duty work. SAS Demand Driven Forecasting requires a heavier implementation and support load along the lines of ToolsGroup and Oracle Demantra. A good example of the detail in SAS Demand Driven Forecasting can be viewed by simply going to their online manual such as at the following link and doing some reading.

http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/etsug/60372/HTML/default/viewer.htm#etsug_arima_sect003.htm

SAS also has quite a few training resources.

http://support.sas.com/learn/

The functionality published in the documentation, as with SAS products generally can be relied upon.

Likelihood of Implementation Success

This accounts for both the application and vendor specific risk. In our formula the total implementation risk is application + vendor + buyer risk. The buyer specific risk could increase or decrease this overall likelihood and adjust the values that you see below.

Risk Definition

See this link for more on our categorizations of risk. We also offer a Buyer Specific Risk Estimation as a service for those that want a comprehensive analysis.

Finished With Your Analysis?

To go back to the Software Selection Package page for the Demand Planning software category. Or goto this link to see other analytical products for SAS Demand Driven Forecasting.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAS_Institute

 

Project Planning Package – SAS BI

How it Works

Fill out the form below for your project planning estimate. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: SAS Institute Inc. (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: BI Heavy
  • Company Headquarters: 100 SAS Campus Drive Cary, NC 27513-2414, USA
  • Site: http://www.sas.com
  • Contact number: 919.677.8000
  • Delivery Mechanism: On Premises

Finished With Your Analysis?

Once complete, go to this link to see other analytical products for SAS BI.

References

Risk Book

Software RiskRethinking Enterprise Software Risk: Controlling the Main Risk Factors on IT Projects

Better Managing Software Risk

The software implementation is risky business and success is not a certainty. But you can reduce risk with the strategies in this book. Undertaking software selection and implementation without approximating the project’s risk is a poor way to make decisions about either projects or software. But that’s the way many companies do business, even though 50 percent of IT implementations are deemed failures.

Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

In this book, you will review the strategies commonly used by most companies for mitigating software project risk–and learn why these plans don’t work–and then acquire practical and realistic strategies that will help you to maximize success on your software implementation.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 3: The Basics of Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 4: Understanding the Enterprise Software Market
Chapter 5: Software Sell-ability versus Implementability
Chapter 6: Selecting the Right IT Consultant
Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
Chapter 8: How to Interpret Vendor-Provided Information to Reduce Project Risk
Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model

Project Planning Package – SAS Demand Driven Forecasting

How it Works

Fill out the form below for your project planning estimate. The form does not have a “beginning or end.” The form is constantly calculating, so feel free to make constant changes and the application will auto-adjust.

Details

  • Vendor Name: SAS (See for Vendor Rating)
  • Software Category: Demand Planning
  • Company Headquarters: 100 SAS Campus Dr. Cary, NC 27513-2414
  • Site: http://www.sas.com
  • Contact number:  919.677.8000
  • Delivery Mechanism: SaaS

Finished With Your Analysis?

Once complete, go to this link to see other analytical products for SAS Demand Driven Forecasting.

References

Risk Book

Software RiskRethinking Enterprise Software Risk: Controlling the Main Risk Factors on IT Projects

Better Managing Software Risk

The software implementation is risky business and success is not a certainty. But you can reduce risk with the strategies in this book. Undertaking software selection and implementation without approximating the project’s risk is a poor way to make decisions about either projects or software. But that’s the way many companies do business, even though 50 percent of IT implementations are deemed failures.

Finding What Works and What Doesn’t

In this book, you will review the strategies commonly used by most companies for mitigating software project risk–and learn why these plans don’t work–and then acquire practical and realistic strategies that will help you to maximize success on your software implementation.

Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 3: The Basics of Enterprise Software Risk Management
Chapter 4: Understanding the Enterprise Software Market
Chapter 5: Software Sell-ability versus Implementability
Chapter 6: Selecting the Right IT Consultant
Chapter 7: How to Use the Reports of Analysts Like Gartner
Chapter 8: How to Interpret Vendor-Provided Information to Reduce Project Risk
Chapter 9: Evaluating Implementation Preparedness
Chapter 10: Using TCO for Decision Making
Chapter 11: The Software Decisions’ Risk Component Model

Honest Vendor Ratings – SAS

Introduction

SAS is one of the most stable and well-respected vendors in enterprise software. It has had 35 straight profitable years. SAS has for decades been known as one of the most humanitarian of companies and one of the best software vendors in which to work, however, what we are observing across the enterprise software space is that jobs are becoming more difficult. It is much more common to find companies – epitomized by Epicor, that are primarily run for the benefit of executives. This trend is very negative for future implementation success ratios, and it is disheartening to hear about standards of how employees are treated being lowered even at SAS. Because of the way that SAS treats employees, SAS provides one of the most experienced and most knowledgeable group of consulting resources in forecasting, and that is a differentiator for the company. SAS has been an independent private since its inception, and for SAS will be independent in the future. Oracle cannot come and buy SAS, and then reduce development, support and product quality – which should count for something when companies look at the risk of their enterprise software purchases.

AS is not only rated as a good place to work in its home country of the US, but in its international locations as well. Interestingly in a time of great outsourcing – which invariably has lead to lower quality even the childcare workers at SAS work for SAS itself.

Quality of Information Provided

Known for a conservative sales philosophy, which is quite rare, particularly for a software vendor of SAS’s size. Part of the reason for this is that sales is not as well compensated versus other functions as it is in other software vendors. SAS provides good quality information. This is true of sales, and a number of employees of SAS are authors and are published through SAS Press – a longtime publisher that has written on SAS software and related topics. When SAS makes statements they are in most cases true, not only regarding their products but also about concepts. For instance, there has always been a great deal of hyperbole surrounding the business intelligence field, however, SAS has consistently been a voice of reason. One example of this was in deflating the marketing hyperbole generated by SAP and Oracle, who are cynically promoting their HANA and Exalytics “products” as items that make much more of a contribution to BI than they actually do or will.

“These in-memory approaches like SAP HANA are basic business intelligence on steroids,” said Jim Davis, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at SAS. “But you can’t do high-end analytics on them as they are database-bound systems.” – Enterprise Apps Today

Jim Davis of SAS is correct on this point. Certainly, SAS is trying to win converts, but a historical analysis of SAS’s statements demonstrates that they are typically true. When SAS says something, it most often makes sense to listen, which is normally not the case with the larger software vendors.

Consulting and Support

SAS has many experienced consultants of very good quality. We do not have enough information to comment on SAS support.

Internal Efficiency

SAS has historically had good internal efficiency, but as with any company of significant size (and SAS is now 7000 people), SAS has its challenges with bureaucracy.

Innovation

SAS has been a historical innovator. Its Current Innovation Level is still relatively high.

Vendor Scores

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