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SAS Enterprise Guide is #2 ranked solution in top Data Preparation Tools. PeerSpot users give SAS Enterprise Guide an average rating of 8 out of 10. SAS Enterprise Guide is most commonly compared to Alteryx: SAS Enterprise Guide vs Alteryx. SAS Enterprise Guide is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 75% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a financial services firm, accounting for 24% of all views.
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What is SAS Enterprise Guide?

SAS Enterprise Guide is an intuitive statistical analysis solution that enables users of all backgrounds to engage in statistical analysis.

Users can create and deploy customized tasks and dynamic content that best meet their needs. Interactive content can easily be shared on the cloud and the internet.

Benefits of SAS Enterprise Guide

Some of the benefits of using SAS Enterprise Guide include:

  • Provides users with robust, centralized, and role based system security. SAS Enterprise Guide enables users to protect their network from a wide variety of threats. A single system of security provides and authenticates system access credentials. Individuals are empowered to easily adjust their organization’s security credentials to meet their changing security needs.
  • Easily access and manipulate system data. SAS Enterprise Guide employs a user-friendly user interface that enables users to view and and use data without requiring them to have an extensive knowledge of coding. Business analysts can generate and disseminate reports without help. Information technology teams are freed up to handle more pressing issues. Datasets can also be embedded into the system so that users dont have to re-enter them into the system.

Reviews from Real Users

SAS Enterprise Guide is a statistical analysis tool that stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the solution’s intuitive nature and the suite of functionalities that it offers. SAS Enterprise Guide makes it easy for users who lack a background in statistical analysis to create workflows. The solution enables users to customize and configure queries without requiring them to have a background in coding. SAS Enterprise Guide has a wide variety of functionalities. It is highly flexible and gives users the ability to complete many different tasks.

The head of analytics at a communications services provider writes, “I think that the ease of use is the most valuable feature. I know SQL. I even taught SQL. But new people who come to the tool without in-depth knowledge of SQL or people who do not have an analytics background can still use the tool. It is very easy for these new users to climb the learning curve using SAS Enterprise Guide because of the way it was created with ease-of-use in mind. It is well-oriented to the business user. In no time new users are able to create workflows. Obviously, it is best if they have some basic knowledge of how things work in doing analysis — like the concept of joins, data profiling, and maybe some other SQL-related concepts. But the key here is they do not need to know how it is coded or the exact commands. All the features are available within Enterprise Guide through a drag-and-drop interface so queries can be built without extensive knowledge of how that works behind the scenes. The ease-of-use makes the tool valuable even for someone who is near the beginner level.”

Monica B., an SAS Application Architect at a computer software company, writes, “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 statistics course.”

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What users are saying about SAS Enterprise Guide pricing:
  • "In general, SAS has high prices, which is a reason why some clients don't use SAS solutions. The licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "I did look at the prices a few years ago, and I believe it was approximately $1,000 for a yearly subscription at that time."
  • "It is expensive. We get a different price based on our corporate rate. So, I'm not sure what the general cost is because we got a special rate for it."
  • "It is very expensive. We have a basic license, and there are many features that are not available with the basic version."
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    Head Of Analytics at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10Leaderboard
    Easy-to-use with a drag-and-drop querying feature, this fine tool still lags in visualization and machine learning
    Pros and Cons
    • "The product has a drag-and-drop feature that is excellent for business users and that makes it easy-to-use."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the product for data analysis and investigations.  

    What is most valuable?

    I think that the ease of use is the most valuable feature. I know SQL. I even taught SQL. But new people who come to the tool without in-depth knowledge of SQL or people who do not have an analytics background can still use the tool. It is very easy for these new users to climb the learning curve using SAS Enterprise Guide because of the way it was created with ease-of-use in mind. It is well-oriented to the business user.  In no time new users are able to create workflows. Obviously, it is best if they have some basic knowledge of how things work in doing analysis — like the concept of joins, data profiling, and maybe some other SQL-related concepts. But the key here is they do not need to know how it is coded or the exact commands. All the features are available within Enterprise Guide through a drag-and-drop interface so queries can be built without extensive knowledge of how that works behind the scenes.   The ease-of-use makes the tool valuable even for someone who is near the beginner level.  

    What needs improvement?

    I think machine learning should be added to the product. It already has virtually everything from the data wrangling perspective. Machine learning concepts could further enhance the user experience and the results.   The concept of visualization could also be added because, currently, we need to use a separate tool. We use Business Objects for data visualizations.   Competing products — like in case of Alteryx that is just in trial versions for now — has both machine learning concepts as well as some of the visualization capabilities within the data profiling features. SAS Guide will have to have these features to keep up with competing products and their capabilities.  If these elements do pan out properly in Alteryx, I may like it better than SAS Enterprise Guide overall. I have a data science background but the more advanced data science features are new in these products and they are very useful in analytics.   So SAS should work on ML (Machine Learning) features, visualizations, and even more on ease-of-use. It is good but everything can get better.  

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with SAS Enterprise Guide for six years.  
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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have not yet had any stability issues with the product. First of all, it is working well. Secondly, on the hardware side, we thought that we need to have more resources, so we did a capacity planning exercise involving SAS. They gave us some recommendations to improve our environment moving forward. We are installing a new setup on new hardware based on those recommendations. This should maintain our current level of stability and maybe enhance performance. I feel that SAS has a good foundation. It has not given us a lot of problems when it comes to performance. We were being proactive. It works really well in combination with Teradata, but there is a lot of room for performance optimization with both tools.  Using both platforms — and by that I mean featuring both SAS and Teradata — we do get our data out. In telco, the data volumes are huge, but even though that is the case we do not usually get stuck or experience stability issues.  There are a lot of ways to get the performance optimization you need from products, get the work done, and delegate your time. It takes evaluation and revisions to accomplish those goals.  

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    There are many more business users in our organization, but there are only about seven people who really use Enterprise Guide as technical people. We do not see much of a problem with scalability for either group of users.  

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is good. Whenever we have a problem, we have technical support sessions. It can be improved, I believe, but I would say that it is not bad either. It works for us.  

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

    We do use other tools on occasion although we are presently focused on Enterprise Guide as our core in analytics. Ultimately the goal is to get the best results in the easiest way. If that requires changing tools, that may be necessary. Right now we are using SAS along with Teradata.  

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is a bit complex. For the guest access setup, that is something that we do ourselves. But when it comes to the server installation, that is where we require support from SAS. When it comes to the server installation, the configuration is usually done by SAS themselves. The setup is something that is certainly too complex for business users or people who do not have a technical background. It is usually good to involve SAS even if you are going to an upgrade. It can just make things go more smoothly and keep from wasting time with unnecessary issues.   We just have one guy for the maintenance of the system. If there is a problem, then he can rely on support. There is only one guy because the product is pretty stable.  

    What other advice do I have?

    When looking at different tools on the market for data analysis what you need depends on what you want to do. If you have a portfolio within your organization, you may feel that you will need a lot of other tools in addition to make a proper analysis. SAS is a broader solution. It is not just the Enterprise Guide. It has marketing automation and there is even stream processing. Then there is Enterprise Miner. Enterprise Guide is a suite and not just a one-dimensional tool.  If you feel that you are ready to make an investment and you need the capability of advanced analytics within your organization, you will be able to utilize the whole tech stack with Enterprise Guide. If that is the case, then obviously I think you should go for SAS because it is a more mature and evolved product than most other products. In addition, the opportunities for integration with the SAS platform is really good.  If you need a specialty architecture, you have Alteryx on one side and you have SAS on the other side. If you do go with Alteryx, then you have a separate campaign management tool and you may not be able to get the full benefit of an integrated solution.   People considering SAS Enterprise Guide should also look at Alteryx. It is pretty simple. Some people on my team feel that Alteryx is actually much easier to use for what they do and that its interface is much better even if it is similar to Enterprise Guide. The overall availability of different kinds of features is much better in Alteryx.   I think the first step of evaluating potential solutions should be to look at your roadmap. If you want to go start simple, then obviously you can start with any tool. But if you have a roadmap in place or if you are not a beginner, then I would suggest going for one integrated platform as a suite rather than multiple tools. Having an integrated solution is probably a better overall.   On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Enterprise Guide as a seven overall. It is a good product but it lacks some important features other products are coming out with.  

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Monica Besleaga - PeerSpot reviewer
    SAS Application Architect at a computer software company
    Real User
    Top 10Leaderboard
    Easy to extend, stable, has a lot of functionalities, and doesn't require coding skills
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am currently using this solution for testing purposes. I am working for a pharmaceutical company in Belgium, and we are building a data warehouse by using SAS Data Integration Studio, and we are using SAS Enterprise Guide to test our development. We are building Enterprise Guide projects by using query builder, filters, and other things. We have also built stored procedures. Sometimes, we also write SAS base code to perform unit tests after development and to do some sanity checks to respond to UAT questions. Overall, we are using the majority of functionalities of SAS Enterprise Guide. 

    How has it helped my organization?

    A client has used SAS Enterprise Guide to build an ETL process that involves extracting and transforming the data and producing reports. These reports are very crucial and useful for their monthly and daily activities. By using SAS Enterprise Guide, they are able to deal with end-to-end processes for their business.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution since 2005. It has been almost 16 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is very stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is easy to extend for fast data integration functionalities. We have around 1,000 users. They are developers, business analysts, and project managers.

    In terms of usage, my clients don't have any plans to expand its usage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    They are responsive and very good. They respond within a day of creating a ticket. 

    How was the initial setup?

    It is not quite easy to deploy. When we worked on the SAS migration project, the migration to Enterprise Guide was quite difficult. The deployment duration depends on the project. Generally, it would take a few days to solve all the issues.

    What about the implementation team?

    For the SAS migration project, we worked with the SAS Belgium team. With their help, it was okay, but it should be easier.

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

    In general, SAS has high prices, which is a reason why some clients don't use SAS solutions. The licensing is on a yearly basis.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. It is a very good tool for outputs from different domains, such as ETL reporting, data science, etc. It would be good to bring more functionalities similar to Data Integration Studio so that we have one single tool. 

    I would rate SAS Enterprise Guide an eight out of ten.

    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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    IT Administrator with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Easy to use, drag and drop interface, with good built-in help facilities
    Pros and Cons
    • "Similar to Microsoft Access, you can drag and drop. You can simply drag and drop objects onto the page and create various flows to establish your query within the project. You can extract those queries from the preview as needed."
    • "I would like it to give more information rather than just a forever loop that forces you to shut down the system. Give you more error messages without stopping the entire project, or even the entire application. That it displays more error messages rather than terminating the application."

    What is our primary use case?

    SQL can be used with SAS. We also use Microsoft SQLs, which I still use on occasion. Part of the background is that the coding can be done using SQL. SAS allows you to write SCL statements and is mostly drag and drop, similar to Microsoft Access.

    That is the SAS Enterprise Guide's drag-and-drop functionality.

    What is most valuable?

    I like the ease of use. 

    Similar to Microsoft Access, you can drag and drop. You can simply drag and drop objects onto the page and create various flows to establish your query within the project. You can extract those queries from the preview as needed. 

    The application uses standard SQL in the background. You can go behind the scenes and use the information you want to change. 

    I like the interface where you can get help if you need it. They also have functions that can be called up to perform various tasks. For example, If you want to write a case statement for something, just put that function in there and see what syntax you might be missing.

    What needs improvement?

    It crashes more frequently than I would like. For example, you can create projects, but with our data system, the field changes from time to time. Our data-driven managers will occasionally attempt to update. They speed up everything and change the names of the fields slightly. When you go back in there and try to make changes, the project frequently crashes. When you attempt to make those various changes. And it can take some time to get it right. I guess what I'm working on right now is a project that I completed two years ago and needed to be re-run. It's also crashing because the data fields have changed.

    It just gets stuck in a never-ending loop. Then you must control, alt, delete, and return to the program's main menu to exit. That's a little frustrating.

    I would like it to give more information rather than just a forever loop that forces you to shut down the system. Give you more error messages without stopping the entire project, or even the entire application. That it displays more error messages rather than terminating the application.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with SAS Enterprise Guide for 10 years.

    We keep it updated, and are using the most recent version.

    We are currently transferring some of its data to the cloud, including some of the storage files.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is used by our entire office as well as my old office. I work for the Department of Education and previously worked for another part of the state, and they both use it. SAS is used by others in the state. It's a well-known program.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not contacted technical support recently, regarding this most recent issue.

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

    I'm familiar with KNIME, but it's been a while since I've used it. I took a look at it in the last 12 months, and I like how they combine flows for different purposes.

    We had previously used SPSS in a BI query, but we switched to SAS about ten years ago.

    They have SAS E Miner. I don't have much experience with it; I used it two years ago, but it includes a statistical practice package.

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

    I did look at the prices a few years ago, and I believe it was approximately $1,000 for a yearly subscription at that time. I knew it was something I wouldn't be able to afford if I wanted to do some consulting. That was one of the reasons I looked into KNIME. There are several alternatives to SAS.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate SAS Enterprise Guide an eight out of ten. They are good, but they could be better.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Head of Customer Intelligence & Research at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    A powerful tool to work with and connect with different sources, but it is expensive
    Pros and Cons
    • "The data cleaning part is valuable. SAS is a very powerful tool to work with and connect with different sources. We have several tables, and we are looking up tables from one place to another place. We are connecting with different data sources. The data is not coming from one source. There are several sources of data, and we have information coming from different sources. There are some flat files, and there is some information from the data warehouse."
    • "It is expensive."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using it for data cleaning and data lookups.

    What is most valuable?

    The data cleaning part is valuable. SAS is a very powerful tool to work with and connect with different sources. We have several tables, and we are looking up tables from one place to another place. We are connecting with different data sources. The data is not coming from one source. There are several sources of data, and we have information coming from different sources. There are some flat files, and there is some information from the data warehouse.

    What needs improvement?

    It is expensive.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for the last 10 years. I just deployed this solution in my new organization, and I have used it in other banks as well.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It depends on the usage of the current organization. Stability depends on the business technology team that owns the on-premise server. It requires updates on the server side. So, you need someone who is an expert and can update the patches or requirements every month or every three or six months. When the renewal happens, you need to update to the new version. You have to update the new patches based on the Windows requirements. So, it depends on the technical capability. I'm not the owner of the server. I'm basically a user, but I know that when the server is down, we cannot write queries and fetch data from the server. It is the application layer that actually fetches the data from database servers.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is good. I can give them almost 100% marks in terms of scalability. It has all the solutions that I can use for the next five years without having any upgrades.

    Every single department in the organization is using this solution. We have almost 100 people.

    How are customer service and support?

    I didn't interact with them. So far, everything is going fine. If problems happen, it is a normal thing. It is not a big deal for me.

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

    I never used any other software. I just used this one.

    How was the initial setup?

    It's complex. It's not easy to use. The deployment took six months.

    What about the implementation team?

    It was done by consultants.

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

    It is expensive. We get a different price based on our corporate rate. So, I'm not sure what the general cost is because we got a special rate for it.

    What other advice do I have?

    It depends on the users. It depends on how you use it. Sometimes, if you run a lot of queries together at the same time, it'll be difficult. If you're using it in a sequential manner, it'll be much better. So, before starting, you should understand the usage of SAS. It's not like Microsoft Office. It's a little bit complicated or delicate software. So, if any wrong query is executed, the query would keep running, and you might think that it'll not come back.

    I would rate it a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Actuarial Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10Leaderboard
    Reliable, powerful for working with large data sets, and saves time
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "They should provide more information for the errors or logs. Currently, it gives you just the error message without explaining anything."

    What is our primary use case?

    I use it for programming. When we import data sets or databases, we work with data management and program scripts, etc. We have its basic license.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We work with large data sets that cannot be handled in Excel. SAS gives us the opportunity and the privilege to work with large data sets. It is very easy with SAS, and it saves time. For example, if I want to use the same data with Excel, it would take a whole day, but with SAS, I can do it in two or three hours at the most.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    They should provide more information for the errors or logs. Currently, it gives you just the error message without explaining anything.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been working with this solution for two years. I use it daily for my work.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. It can handle large data sets. There is no problem with that.

    Currently, we have a team of five people. I have a manager and other colleagues. All of us don't have the same role. We all handle data, but we have different diplomas. I work as an actuarial analyst, statistics engineer, and data analyst.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I am not sure if we have a contact for technical support from them, but there is a big community of SAS.

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

    We used the open-source product R, which is not exactly similar. We switched because it was a part of our strategy to use SAS. In terms of time response, R is not very powerful. SAS is more powerful in terms of data management., and someone who is not very experienced with programming can use the UI.

    How was the initial setup?

    I was not involved in the initial setup. Its maintenance and administration are handled by IT, but they're not very well-trained in this solution. It is a new one for them, and sometimes, we do get stuck because they are not very experienced with this solution and its features.

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

    It is very expensive. We have a basic license, and there are many features that are not available with the basic version.

    What other advice do I have?

    You must have a basic background in programming, such as SQL programming, to use it easily.

    I would rate SAS Enterprise Guide an eight out of ten.

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    Senior Manager, Data Science and AI / ML Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Wide feature set, highly stable, but lacking features
    Pros and Cons
    • "We are using SAS Enterprise Guide on a basic level and the Pro SQL and other procedures within it are the most useful right now. Additionally, it has a wide feature set and capabilities"
    • "We don't use SAS Enterprise Guide that much here because we haven't explored some of the statistical modeling capabilities. However, I do not think SAS Enterprise Guide provides all the machine learning features that we want. Those would be separate products from SAS, such as SAS Buyers or any of the other solutions, which will give us the capabilities that we are looking for."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use SAS Enterprise Guide for ETL and data processing.

    How has it helped my organization?

    My team is not using SAS Enterprise Guide extensively, but I imagine it's being used heavily for processing a lot of workloads in my company which has been an improvement.

    What is most valuable?

    We are using SAS Enterprise Guide on a basic level and the Pro SQL and other procedures within it are the most useful right now. Additionally, it has a wide feature set and capabilities

    What needs improvement?

    We don't use SAS Enterprise Guide that much here because we haven't explored some of the statistical modeling capabilities. However, I do not think SAS Enterprise Guide provides all the machine learning features that we want. Those would be separate products from SAS, such as SAS Buyers or any of the other solutions, which will give us the capabilities that we are looking for. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using SAS Enterprise Guide for approximately 10 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    SAS Enterprise Guide's stability is fantastic.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability of the SAS Enterprise Guide is good.

    We have several hundred users using this solution in my organization. We have data analysts, data scientists, developers, and other roles using it.

    We do not have plans to increase usage because we only use the solution for a particular purpose.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have not contacted the support from SAS Enterprise Guide.

    What was our ROI?

    We have seen a return on investment from using SAS Enterprise Guide.

    What other advice do I have?

    SAS Enterprise Guide does what it does quite well, we use it for a particular purpose. We haven't explored some of the other opportunities with a lot of the statistical modeling and other options that it provides, but those would be nice to have.

    I would advise others to start with small use cases and then scale up. It will scale very well to many of the functions that you want in data science and data engineering.

    I rate SAS Enterprise Guide a seven out of ten.

    The reason I wouldn't rate Enterprise Guide as 10 is that it is lacking some features that we are looking for.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Francisco Aparicio - PeerSpot reviewer
    Advisor at KPMG
    Real User
    Useful resources for the query builder, user friendly, and plenty of features
    Pros and Cons
    • "The solution is user-friendly, the resource for the query builder is very useful, and the ability to explore the data is a benefit."
    • "There needs to be a community of SAS Enterprise Guide users for assistance. For example, as they do for Python or SQL."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am using the solution for programming, data manipulation, and query building.

    What is most valuable?

    The solution is user-friendly, the resource for the query builder is very useful, and the ability to explore the data is a benefit.

    I feel I use maybe a 10th of the potential of the solution. It has a lot of features for reporting and data, with a lot of exploration you can do. There are many research areas that give you logistical information about the data.

    What needs improvement?

    There needs to be a community of SAS Enterprise Guide users for assistance. For example, as they do for Python or SQL. 

    The interface could be simplified to allow quicker tool access and usage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution within the last 18 months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution has been stable. However, we have had some clients having connection problems.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is really scalable.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Sometimes you have to rely on support, and that is a bit time-consuming. They take a while to respond to an inquiry. We are left to use the internet for answers.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. However, it depends on the use case that they want to use it for. I am not sure of the price of the solution which could play a big role in if it is useful enough to purchase at the price. It is a solid solution in my experience.

    I rate SAS Enterprise Guide an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner