796 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 100
118 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 3 feature sets: Ad-hoc Reporting, Report Output and Scheduling, Mobile Capabilities
  • Sisense ranks higher in 2 feature sets: BI Standard Reporting, Access Control and Security
  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform and Sisense are tied in 1 feature set: Data Discovery and Visualization

BI Standard Reporting

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
8.6

Sisense

86%
Sisense ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pixel Perfect reports

8.4
84%
43 Ratings
7.9
79%
36 Ratings

Customizable dashboards

8.5
85%
44 Ratings
9.0
90%
46 Ratings

Report Formatting Templates

8.2
82%
44 Ratings
9.0
90%
32 Ratings

Ad-hoc Reporting

8.9

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

89%
8.3

Sisense

83%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/4 features

Drill-down analysis

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
8.0
80%
46 Ratings

Formatting capabilities

9.0
90%
43 Ratings
8.9
89%
46 Ratings

Integration with R or other statistical packages

9.3
93%
29 Ratings
9.0
90%
26 Ratings

Report sharing and collaboration

8.3
83%
43 Ratings
7.3
73%
3 Ratings

Report Output and Scheduling

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
8.2

Sisense

82%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 4/5 features

Publish to Web

9.0
90%
38 Ratings
8.0
80%
35 Ratings

Publish to PDF

8.7
87%
43 Ratings
9.0
90%
45 Ratings

Report Versioning

9.6
96%
38 Ratings
8.0
80%
23 Ratings

Report Delivery Scheduling

9.3
93%
43 Ratings
8.0
80%
38 Ratings

Delivery to Remote Servers

9.4
94%
23 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data Discovery and Visualization

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
9.0

Sisense

90%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 2/3 features

Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

9.6
96%
38 Ratings
9.0
90%
44 Ratings

Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

8.0
80%
36 Ratings
9.0
90%
41 Ratings

Predictive Analytics

9.3
93%
34 Ratings
9.0
90%
28 Ratings

Access Control and Security

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
10.0

Sisense

100%
Sisense ranks higher in 3/4 features

Multi-User Support (named login)

8.6
86%
44 Ratings
10.0
100%
44 Ratings

Role-Based Security Model

9.3
93%
42 Ratings
10.0
100%
43 Ratings

Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

9.4
94%
42 Ratings
9.9
99%
44 Ratings

Single Sign-On (SSO)

9.3
93%
27 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Mobile Capabilities

9.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

92%
9.0

Sisense

90%
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 2/3 features

Responsive Design for Web Access

9.0
90%
30 Ratings
9.0
90%
39 Ratings

Mobile Application

9.3
93%
25 Ratings
10.0
100%
25 Ratings

Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

9.3
93%
28 Ratings
8.0
80%
33 Ratings

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

8.2

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

82%

Sisense

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform ranks higher in 6/6 features

REST API

8.1
81%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Javascript API

8.1
81%
17 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

iFrames

8.5
85%
15 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Java API

8.4
84%
19 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Themeable User Interface (UI)

8.0
80%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customizable Platform (Open Source)

8.4
84%
18 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is rated higher in 10 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Performance, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Ease of integration, Product Scalability
  • Sisense is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
65 Ratings
7.2

Sisense

72%
57 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.4

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

84%
22 Ratings
8.9

Sisense

89%
14 Ratings

Usability

8.8

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

88%
10 Ratings
8.0

Sisense

80%
5 Ratings

Availability

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
7 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
2 Ratings

Performance

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
17 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.6

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

86%
18 Ratings
9.0

Sisense

90%
11 Ratings

In-Person Training

10.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

100%
3 Ratings
7.3

Sisense

73%
1 Rating

Online Training

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
15 Ratings
7.1

Sisense

71%
6 Ratings

Configurability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
2 Ratings
8.2

Sisense

82%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
9.1

Sisense

91%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

90%
1 Rating
9.1

Sisense

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP

BI was used to manage our parts and machines. It can be used to manage your factory or systems to properly allocate items to select places. However the system does not respond well, and it can scale well provided you have an actual team knowledgeable in this field. Once you get it set up it works well, but of course, if you try and add new implementations, it can become hazardous to your business.
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Sisense Ltd

I believe Sisense is perfectly suited for any organization of any size that have access to the proper resources, as the tool is very expensive. The data connectors come in all shapes and sizes out of the box, which allows a great deal of data control within the ElastiCubes. Additionally, while the platform only runs on Windows platforms, the web application can be accessed on any client: mobile, Apple, Windows, etc. This allows a much more flexible user experience, resulting in data and dashboards reaching further than any other tool.
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Pros

SAP

  • 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.
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Sisense Ltd

  • Customization - lots of supported and community plugins available. Users can also adjust the look and feel through JavaScript.
  • Innovation - Sisense is continuing to push the envelope by developing new features through Sisense Labs.
  • Customer support - the commitment to excellent customer service and ensuring organizations get the most out of their investment.
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Cons

SAP

  • 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.
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Sisense Ltd

  • The usability of the application on mobile devices needs some improvement, especially navigation and filtering.
  • Dashboards that are created by multiple users can be a bit of a hassle to share by Admins.
  • If you need to embed dashboards into your website, you are require to buy a license separate from the user and platform license. This is a norm on most BI visualization tools, but Sisense can seem a bit on the high side, cost-wide.
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Pricing Details

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Sisense

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Sisense editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SAP Connector1

    Footnotes

    1. none

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Must contact sales team for pricing.

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAP

    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.
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    Sisense Ltd

    I think the business and myself as a user has come to rely on SiSense as a dashboarding and quick ad-hoc reporting tool. I am hoping to integrate SiSense dashboards into more parts of the business in the future. We have reduced our report turn-around time for the most part from hours/days to minutes and in some cases almost the speed of thought. Reports are also easier on the eye and more easily distributed. I would also like to say that the support and professionalism from the SiSense team has been excellent.
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    Usability

    SAP

    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.
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    Sisense Ltd

    New V5 is ground floor of an exciting collection of possibilities. Weekly Sisense developers come up with new functionality that they share with us in their forums. The move to HTML5 has been pleasing in that widgets auto size themselves into appropriate forms in the board but everyone of them can be popped out to full page size to be looked at in more detail
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    Reliability and Availability

    SAP

    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
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    Sisense Ltd

    There are very few situations when there is unexpected downtime. Mostly during development, new dashboard implementation and during upgrades. other then that there were very few crashes.
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    Performance

    SAP

    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).
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    Sisense Ltd

    SiSense is usually performing better then other solutions even if going for complex reports/dashboards(of course within reasonable frames). I haven't noticed any bad influence on other systems, usually if something happens it stays within SiSense.
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    Support Rating

    SAP

    SAP has released various versions of SAP BO BI. starting from 3.1 and going to 4.0,4.1,4.2 and latest being 4.3. SAP provides support to these new versions. As new versions keep on coming, support for the very old software goes out of scope from SAP. it is when the different organization plans to get their BO content migrated from a lower version to a newer version. The newer version had definitely added functionality and features which ease the work of users.
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    Sisense Ltd

    SiSense's support ninjas are very knowledgeable and are exceptionally responsive. So far, all of the issues we ran into were resolved within minimum time. My sense of dealing with the support staff at SiSense is that they are very focused on not just answering your immediate question, but also to delve into the cause of the matter.
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    In-Person Training

    SAP

    SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
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    Sisense Ltd

    Easy and free training that allowed us quickly understand basics in SiSense and start using them. More advanced features requires some browsing through SiSense forums, but there is always support to help, and SiSense support is one of the best whith which I worked so far.
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    Online Training

    SAP

    I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

    Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
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    Sisense Ltd

    Many examples, videos and scenarios which you try on your own right away. This combined with in-person training gives you enough to utilize most of SiSense's power.
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    Implementation Rating

    SAP

    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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    Sisense Ltd

    Remember to migrate the plugins. The documentation however is pretty straight forward.
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    Alternatives Considered

    SAP

    Some organizations use Spotfire which is far more advanced in terms of its analytical capabilities vs. Lumira/PA etc. but the sharing/storage side of the BI Platform is far superior and much better managed. The ability to create user groups, access levels etc. on BI Platform helps to keep the platform secure.
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    Sisense Ltd

    1) Easy to use, really, there is nothing too much to say. The set up is easy and not confusing. You can use it internally or externally.
    2) Customer Service, having spoken to various product reps from similar industry. Sisense rep provides you with the best support to get started, and it is really appreciated.
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    Scalability

    SAP

    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
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    Sisense Ltd

    Product is quite easily scalable. The whole installation can be easily moved to stronger machine if needed.
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    Return on Investment

    SAP

    • 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.
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    Sisense Ltd

    • Report development time is reduced from 2~3 days to 2~3 hours.
    • Report querying time is improved from 0.5~10 mins to 2~30 seconds.
    • A 2-staff team delivers 10 times the BI output that we did on the old system.
    • We were able to deliver BI and data analysis for all business functions instead of a very limited group of users
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