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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organization, it certainly isn't quick to implement and with SAP changing their strategy so much, you will soon be out of date.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
6.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.3
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
6.7
Publish to PDF
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.8
Report Versioning
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.7
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
7.4

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.6
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform
6.8
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
7.5
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
6.4

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

  • Easily allows end-users to build their own customized data queries and reports.
  • Reports can be exported to excel or pdf with one click in order to be shared with other stakeholders.
  • Once built, reports can also be scheduled to run at specific intervals (daily, weekly, etc) and automatically e-mailed to stakeholders, saving time.

Cons

  • Try to combine Crystal reports for Enterprise and Crystal Reports 2013.
  • Analysis for Office can be more standardized. It faces issues with different versions of Excel and operating systems.
  • Some user friendly dash boarding tool can be introduced.

Likelihood to Renew

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform8.4
Based on 22 answers
We are still debating the SAP BO license renewal. We want to make sure (by comparing it to other tools) that BO has kept up with its competition with features and general product development direction. One major point for the established BO customers (like us) is Desktop Intelligence (Deski) reports support. Back when the product was purchased this was the only reporting tool offered by BO, so great majority of reports have been created in Deski. Now, new BO release 4.1 officially does not support it, but SAP recently made some concessions to at lease extend its life and make it easier to convert them to Webi

Usability

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform9.5
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.

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
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.

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

We have around 30000 users for all the departments.

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
Sharing within BOBJ is good, scheduled reporting is standard but collaboration is lacking in our environment.

Data Integration

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform7.7
Based on 27 answers
Easy to use

Return on Investment

  • We use the product to measure performance. High performance equates to higher reimbursements rates in our industry.
  • Cleaner, more reliable data.

Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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