SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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Likelihood to Recommend

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

One of the things I like about BusinessObjects is that, as a BI manager, I can help varying levels of users. For example, if I have a user that has no interest/technical skill, I can build up a universe, create an InfoSpace, and design some view sets. If the user is more advanced, maybe I just need to build the universe and let them play with the view sets. Users can insert themselves in the BI process where they feel comfortable.
I dislike that there has traditionally not been a good method of restoring a single item when a user accidentally over-engineers it or deletes it altogether. And until recently, there hasn't been any kind of versioning. If there is much customization of the environment, it takes a little more effort to upgrade an existing environment or stage a new one.
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Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Customizable dashboards
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Report Formatting Templates
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Drill-down analysis
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Formatting capabilities
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
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
7.9

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Publish to Web
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Publish to PDF
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Versioning
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.2
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.0
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Predictive Analytics
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5

Access Control and Security

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.9
Role-Based Security Model
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.1
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.0
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
8.3

Mobile Capabilities

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8
Dedicated Android Application
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.9
REST API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.1
Javascript API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.2
iFrames
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Java API
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.5
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.3
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8

Pros

  • It is a very flexible platform with many different add-ons that provide lots of different functionality.
  • If configured and installed correctly it can be a very robust and dependable platform for the business.
  • It has the ability to handle almost all types of data sources you can throw at it.
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Cons

  • Implementation of SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform requires large capital investment.
  • User training tools provided by SAP for SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is lacking interactive content. Improved user training material with version updates would be very helpful for implementation and continuous education.
  • Managing version upgrades and hotfixes for SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform with more control to users to have time to plan for upgrades.
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Likelihood to Renew

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 22 answers
We currently have a strong user base, and the Des Moines area is a strong BO community so it is easier to get talent. The value is very good for the money you pay. SAP is a leader in the industry. though it is playing catch-up in some areas, it has the money to quickly resolve that.
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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.
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Reliability and Availability

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.2
Based on 8 answers
Like any BI stack, how well it performs is dependent on many factors including what resources you provide the system itself and how well the source data is structured. If you do it right as at least a 3 tiered installation separating the processing components from the front end and keeping the database separate, along with a dimensional data warehousehouse as your source, it is a star performer.
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Support

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.5
Based on 6 answers
Very difficult website to use that is not very intuitive. It's hard to reach a good support person that can actually help with the issue. We usually end up solving the issue ourselves.
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In-Person Training

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

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

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
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.
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Alternatives Considered

We recently evaluated Oracle's OBIEE solution. Strengths: very good dashboard creating tool and two separate ad hoc modules: one for simple reporting ("Analysis") and one for more advanced, "Pixel Perfect" reports ("BI Publisher). All available from the same place and web based (no client needed). Also, there is no separate license needed.BO has a separate module (additional license) to create dashboards and only one reporting tool, that does have certain limitations when it comes to advanced report creation.Weaknesses: hard to administer, as OBIEE is part of the entire Oracle deployment, so you would have to use multiple tools: EM and Web Logic consoles.BO is administered via single console CMC (Central Management Console)OBIEE's GUI looks like from the late 90's. Very congested and not very user friendly. BO Webi is just the opposite.
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Return on Investment

  • The availability of having a web based tool is vastly superior.
  • The actual query and objects layout is very user friendly.
  • Even a person with limited query experience will be able to use the general functions or run a shared project easily.
  • The ability to share a project with another user is very convenient.
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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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