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Microsoft Power BI

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Score 8.2 out of 100

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI is great for reporting of any type. The dashboards I create for my executive team are crisp and easy to understand. I often get complements on it, and suggestions on what other reports or data could benefit from Power BI. Power BI is still dependent on data sources, so if my data source connections break, then the report is no good. This isn't something that you can create and forget. It needs eyes on it to ensure the data is correct
Richard Crane | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We need to create/open reports every month. The manual way would be to download data manually from SAP BW and then paste in Excel to start formatting/cleaning. With SAP Analysis Office, we create a report once. Next month when we open it, we just need to change the time frame and refresh the data. It takes 5 mins to open and update data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Customizable dashboards
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Report Formatting Templates
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Drill-down analysis
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Formatting capabilities
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Report sharing and collaboration
Microsoft Power BI
8.7
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Publish to Web
Microsoft Power BI
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Publish to PDF
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Versioning
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Delivery to Remote Servers
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Microsoft Power BI
8.5
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Predictive Analytics
Microsoft Power BI
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Access Control and Security

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Role-Based Security Model
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Microsoft Power BI
8.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.6

Mobile Capabilities

Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Dedicated iOS Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Dedicated Android Application
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

Microsoft Power BI
8.2
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
REST API
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Javascript API
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
iFrames
Microsoft Power BI
8.1
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Java API
Microsoft Power BI
7.9
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Microsoft Power BI
8.4
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Microsoft Power BI
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6

Pros

Microsoft Power BI

  • Engaging dashboard displays with drag and drop modules to convey data in a meaningful ways.
  • Familiar Microsoft "Ribbon" type interface that creates an integral feel with the rest of the Microsoft suite of products.
  • Built-in mobile optimization window and associated Mobile applications that allow viewing from any location connected to the server.
Rick Botha | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Power BI

  • It is such a powerful system that it can come across as intimidating for some without some Excel knowledge
  • I'm not a database analyst or administrator, so calling the data in can be difficult (not necessary the fault of the software, but something that could be difficult for teams without someone with database knowledge)
  • It can come across as confusing, when there is both a local Power BI and online Power BI components. They don't necessarily do the same functions. You'll definitely want to know how to use the online version as this is how you'll publish and share the results of your findings, but the local one has a lot of capabilities that don't appear to be directly available in the online version (and if so, it's not immediately apparent).
Steffany Winkelmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I find it helpful and easy to use
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.4
Based on 22 answers
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
Robert Scrimshaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI 9.0
Based on 3 answers
PBI is very easy to use because of its similarity with power pivot and excel. DAX is the basic foundation language to be mastered to quickly build reports. Custom measures have been introduce to write instant DAX functions (But doesnt work all the time and need a understanding of DAX to debug). Easy to chart multiple charts and also third party charts
Rohit Acharya | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.5
Based on 4 answers
From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 7.2
Based on 8 answers
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
Dariusz Zyskowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 7.5
Based on 6 answers
The overall support package is very good. The online knowledge base provides wealth of information including step by step details on how to resolve known issues on a per release basis. When required software and/or code is included as a download or cut and paste option. It is also highly recommended to have well trained personnel as your system administrators. Do not relay on support alone to resolve all of your issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.5
Based on 2 answers
Great training with hand-on labs.
Nathan Patrick Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.
Nathan Patrick Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 8.4
Based on 7 answers
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
Priyanka Musale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Power BI as I said earlier is unfortunate in relation to the panels but compared to Tableau.Although Microsoft Power BI has a general interface easier to understand in my company because we already have a signature with the package Office 365 that the integration of the same is excellent.
Gabriel Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We selected SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) based on price. It can stack up against others in terms of price and honestly, that's about it. Salesforce Commerce does a hell of a better job at handling it. However, in the space of Business Intelligence, SAP can do more, and that's why at the end we went with it
Michael Diaz-Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Power BI

  • I'm using the free version, so the only investment was the time spent to learn how to use the product (which as an Excel user, was very short).
  • I use Excel to store every single bit of information about all the projects I do, and being able to see them visualized helped me see some redundant steps I was taking.
  • No negative impact at all for me.
jim paroly | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • Business Objects allows me to pull data quickly when I am in a time crunch, for example, I was able to pull together a presentation for a last-minute board meeting to discuss financial objectives for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Business Objects data is used in identifying items that should be discontinued due to low sales volume or low margins
  • Business Objects data is used to analyze customer and brand performance and identify areas of success that can be translated to other customers, or areas that could be improved.
Carrie Brate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Microsoft Power BI

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Power BI
8.6
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Power BI
10.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Usability

Microsoft Power BI
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.5

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
1.0

Performance

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2

Support Rating

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5

In-Person Training

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.5

Online Training

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Scalability

Microsoft Power BI
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

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