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Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

It's well suited if you have a smaller team who are looking to develop more collaboratively and enable easy sharing, scheduling etc. of reports and documentation. It can also be expanded to a wider organization but there are complexities (such as security - where we decided to just leverage the database security and open everything up at BI file/folder level). For a larger organization, it certainly isn't quick to implement and with SAP changing their strategy so much, you will soon be out of date. Analytics cloud is certainly something you should look at first.

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Customizable dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Report Formatting Templates
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Drill-down analysis
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Formatting capabilities
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.3
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Report sharing and collaboration
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Publish to Web
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
Publish to PDF
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8
Report Versioning
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.4
Predictive Analytics
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.7

Access Control and Security

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5

Mobile Capabilities

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Dedicated Android Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
REST API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.5
Javascript API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
iFrames
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Java API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.3
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0

Pros

  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is powerful and the reports are excellent, as long as your organization is dedicated to consolidate all processes into SAP.
  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, when installed centralized and published via remote access tool like Citrix, can be accessed anywhere while data is secure at central location.
  • For a BI tool SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is much more user-friendly than offerings from Oracle.
  • Dashboard access for leadership is excellent and updates are continually improving the product.

Cons

  • SAP should provide free software and licenses for students
  • SAP Extractors are designed by third party, so no support for those
  • Reporting with no semantec layer

Likelihood to Renew

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
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.

Usability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 4 answers
I have been creating SAP software solutions successfully since past 10 years and SAP BO's popularity and demand is still strong in the market.

Reliability and Availability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform1.0
Based on 3 answers
Its available anytime. Depends on the server configuration.

Performance

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.2
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).

Support

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.5
Based on 6 answers
Response is fast and good based on the level of question that we raise.

In-Person Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
Based on 2 answers
Great training with hand-on labs.

Online Training

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.

Implementation

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 7 answers
Choosing the right personnel to deploy and maintain the system is critical to success. Do not underestimate the value of a sandbox and or Development environment. Every aspect of the initial deployment and subsequent upgrade and enhancements should be thoroughly tested by the developers and administrators for expected functionality and compatibility with all interfaces. A Test environment is just as crucial. Initial key user content testing and formal performance testing should take place here prior to the production deployment. This is also where you finalize your operational support plans and system/user security

Breadth of Deployment

SAP is used by over 1000 users across the company. This includes IT, business areas, and field management users.

Alternatives Considered

ThoughtSpot is superior for query speed and simplicity but is inferior in merged-dimension query setup and execution. BOBJ is superior to Tableau in that the universes simplify the queries for the end-user, however, it's inferior in visualizations. decisionpoint is a dashboard tool with potential but is still new. However, decisionpoint is superior in building dashboards on limited technical resources and varying database platforms.

Collaboration and Sharing

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.0
Based on 27 answers
This is rating because our team is very small and hence managing data inside our team becomes easy. Data management and data integrity is good if team size are small.

Data Integration

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.8
Based on 27 answers
Data source connectivity is good when it is connected with specifically to SAP ERP platform. There are some issues while uploading the data from other ERP resources and to manage the data through disparate sources become sometimes easy or sometimes difficult.

Return on Investment

  • 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.

Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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