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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BW

SAP BW is best for:1. Large enterprises2. Enterprises with 3+ legacy systems with entrenched users (politically difficult to merge)3. Enterprises with employees who can understand both the technical capabilities of SAP BW and the needs of the business users - ability to speak both languages, otherwise the program could be unwieldy and potentially underutilized (it's not particularly inexpensive)SAP BW is less appropriate for:1. Small enterprises2. Enterprises who have well established, same location, CRM and UFS - the integration of data analysis will be easier and less expensive with other solutions3. HANA
Jeff Looby, CPA | 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

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Customizable dashboards
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Report Formatting Templates
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Drill-down analysis
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.7
Formatting capabilities
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Report sharing and collaboration
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Publish to Web
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Publish to PDF
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Versioning
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Predictive Analytics
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8

Access Control and Security

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Role-Based Security Model
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.5

Mobile Capabilities

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Dedicated Android Application
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
REST API
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Javascript API
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
iFrames
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Java API
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1

Pros

SAP BW

  • it has the best availability tool for generating different reports like Bex analyzer
  • different data models like sementic data model for different data management systems
  • can easily integrate and generate the reports from different sources like XML file uploading, 3rd party data sources etc...
Pradeep Bele | 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

SAP BW

  • I wish it could hold a part where even though it is not in use yet, but you know you will need it, it won't allow it to be checked it rather than put on backorder.
  • Some of the menu paths can be a little difficult to remember or follow.
  • It is not easy for a novice user to go in and create a report quickly.
Brandi Brown-Lang | 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

SAP BW

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 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

SAP BW

SAP BW 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It basically stores all data I need in designed reports, which helps a lot with the analysis and calculation.It's quite interactive when you understand reports and know how to drill-down/swap. Fresh users might need some training. There are quite a lot of options to display data differently, or to add more filters in data as well as to extract the data in xlsx/csv/html format.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 5 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

Reliability and Availability

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 4 answers
When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 11 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

SAP BW

SAP BW 8.0
Based on 4 answers
SAP BW is a consolidated tool. There are thousands of SAP notes in order to solve your problems and in case do not exist, SAP support will help you on the issue you face.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 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

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 10.0
Based on 3 answers
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 8 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

SAP BW

SAP Business Warehouse scores higher in data warehouse functionalities for integration to SAP ERP and other SAP solutions such as SAP CRM, SAP APO, and SAP SRM. Standard SAP data source extractors which are available in SAP ERP can be used immediately for full or delta replication into SAP Business Warehouse. System governance in SAP Business Warehouse is top-notch with change management support for migration between system landscape from the development system to production system.
Julius Shen | 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

Scalability

SAP BW

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform 9.0
Based on 2 answers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration.People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SAP BW

  • The positive Return on Investment we receive with the software was the ability to import decades of data. We were then able to review the materials see trends we were previously unable to see without intense work.
  • The only negative impact was applying the training and changing procedures to deal with the software. This worked out, obviously, because this is not a software to be using without proper training.
Alfred Brock | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

SAP BW

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

SAP BW
8.3
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Usability

SAP BW
9.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Reliability and Availability

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Performance

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Support Rating

SAP BW
8.0
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

In-Person Training

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
10.0

Online Training

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Implementation Rating

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

Scalability

SAP BW
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
9.0

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