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Business Objects SRC is a financial planning / performance management product and was acquired by Business Objects in 2005. SAP acquired Business Objects in 2007, and made the decision to retire the SRC product line in 2008 in order to consolidate their product portfolio. The replacement product is SAP Business Planning & Consolidation (a rebranded version of the former Outlooksoft product).BOBJ: Powerful Reporting Solutions for SAP driven DataOur Business Intelligence team uses it almost exclusively to build dynamic reports for both out internal users, customers, and vendors to mostly aid in the financial accounting of day to day operations. After our SAP implementation back in September on 2013, BOBJ was mainly used to recreate the reports our customers and personnel relied on to keep the books straight. Now that we have moved onto the Realization Phase of the implementation there has been a wide variety of requests for our BI team to tackle. The one report paramount to me is the KPI report they are developing, which is a currently a manual task I undergo weekly to consolidate the company's most important Key Performance Indicators and used to steer decision making at the highest level.,Dynamic reporting and consolidation of information from disconnected sources Adaptability to needs of shifting business initiatives,QA environments are understandably slow, but BOBJ's borders on driving me crazy Users must be highly trained to maximize the tool's capabilities.,7,Thus far the BI team has been playing catch-up since our SAP implementation, as a good many important customer facing reports were left out of the implementation as a requirement for go-live. The scalability and SAP data conversion are the real value.,,9Business Objects - SRCHighly flexible reporting environment. Easy to write your own reports. Business Objects was fair at Budgeting. It allowed a lot of flexibility in creating a budget that meets the customized needs of any organization, but along with that it can be clunky and a little difficult to use. I would say the reporting ability was much better than the budgeting capability. Another aspect that this product does well is that it allows endless ways to consolidate different business units, departments, sites, etc. You can roll up a region, district, certain departments, etc. easily. This was a major advantage to my role overseeing 30+ hospital sites.,SRC had a delay in information until the month's operations officially closed and the data was fed into the system. Other products that I have used allow you to see activity throughout the month. Knowing that it isn’t final, you can still get a sense of how revenues/expenses are stacking up for the month, etc. In addition, other operational metrics, like Average Daily Census, Admissions, etc. should be able to be tracked daily, rather than having to wait until the month is over.,NA,8,200,1,To report on financial and operational results. Used for budgeting evaluation and projecting financial results. Used for daily/weekly tracking of pertinent operational metrics.,No,Don't know,In-person training Self-taught,6,I would not recommend using the product without some sort of training. It is important to learn the coding language to write reports in this product.,This configuration consisted of allowing access to certain hospital sites within my organization, certain security settings, and the ability for me to write reports, rather than just run existing reports.,5,9,7,Business Warehouse Business Explorer SAP,SalesForce.com,,NABusiness Objects SRC - Excel on SteroidsOur company is very diverse and Business Objects SRC has been able to satisfy all the budgeting and planning needs across the board. Regardless of the data to be reported on or the planning cycle and even the level of planning detail, we have not found anything that Business Objects SRC cannot do.,Ad hoc reporting Planning using trending and seasonality spreads High level to very detailed analysis,One negative is being limited by the version of Excel that Business Objects SRC uses. On occasion a report or a query is maxed do to the row/column limitations.,8,Business Objects SRC drastically decreased the consolidated reporting time. Business Objects SRC has made management reporting more efficient and more flexible, providing our management the information they really need, when and how they need it. Budgeting takes far less time that in the past due to the ability to "seed" the budget with actuals as a starting point.,BO go or no-goWe use Business Objects for our enterprise reporting needs, various departments get their canned reports daily/weekly. They are able to run ad-hoc jobs. Business Objects addresses the need for massive report distribution and quick easy solutions to end users.,Robust and sophisticated and can get the easy and quick answer to the business User friendly Easy scheduling and distribution of reports,The SQL engine can be re-engineered , sometimes it will be over-head on database to fetch simple answer. Can be more powerful querying tool with lite/web versions with analytic reporting features,8,Better customer service,MicroStrategy Analytics,4,9
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January 05, 2015

Business Objects SRC Review: "BOBJ: Powerful Reporting Solutions for SAP driven Data"

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Our Business Intelligence team uses it almost exclusively to build dynamic reports for both out internal users, customers, and vendors to mostly aid in the financial accounting of day to day operations. After our SAP implementation back in September on 2013, BOBJ was mainly used to recreate the reports our customers and personnel relied on to keep the books straight. Now that we have moved onto the Realization Phase of the implementation there has been a wide variety of requests for our BI team to tackle. The one report paramount to me is the KPI report they are developing, which is a currently a manual task I undergo weekly to consolidate the company's most important Key Performance Indicators and used to steer decision making at the highest level.
  • Dynamic reporting and consolidation of information from disconnected sources
  • Adaptability to needs of shifting business initiatives
  • QA environments are understandably slow, but BOBJ's borders on driving me crazy
  • Users must be highly trained to maximize the tool's capabilities.
As it is our organization's new reporting tool, it is the default application to create or recreate existing reports to utilize the data captured in SAP.
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July 02, 2013

Business Objects SRC Review: "Business Objects - SRC"

Score 8 out of 10
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  • Highly flexible reporting environment. Easy to write your own reports.
  • Business Objects was fair at Budgeting. It allowed a lot of flexibility in creating a budget that meets the customized needs of any organization, but along with that it can be clunky and a little difficult to use. I would say the reporting ability was much better than the budgeting capability.
  • Another aspect that this product does well is that it allows endless ways to consolidate different business units, departments, sites, etc. You can roll up a region, district, certain departments, etc. easily. This was a major advantage to my role overseeing 30+ hospital sites.
  • SRC had a delay in information until the month's operations officially closed and the data was fed into the system. Other products that I have used allow you to see activity throughout the month. Knowing that it isn’t final, you can still get a sense of how revenues/expenses are stacking up for the month, etc. In addition, other operational metrics, like Average Daily Census, Admissions, etc. should be able to be tracked daily, rather than having to wait until the month is over.
I enjoyed this program and felt it met the needs of my role and my organization.
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September 15, 2015

Review: "Business Objects SRC - Excel on Steroids"

Score 8 out of 10
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Our company is very diverse and Business Objects SRC has been able to satisfy all the budgeting and planning needs across the board. Regardless of the data to be reported on or the planning cycle and even the level of planning detail, we have not found anything that Business Objects SRC cannot do.
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Planning using trending and seasonality spreads
  • High level to very detailed analysis
  • One negative is being limited by the version of Excel that Business Objects SRC uses. On occasion a report or a query is maxed do to the row/column limitations.
The system is not always intuitive to a new user. However with some upfront training it is easy to catch on. A lot of the management is left in the hands of the users, in our company that would be finance. To us that is a great benefit, however, that may not work in all situations.
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December 18, 2014

Business Objects SRC Review: "BO go or no-go"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Business Objects for our enterprise reporting needs, various departments get their canned reports daily/weekly. They are able to run ad-hoc jobs. Business Objects addresses the need for massive report distribution and quick easy solutions to end users.
  • Robust and sophisticated and can get the easy and quick answer to the business
  • User friendly
  • Easy scheduling and distribution of reports
  • The SQL engine can be re-engineered , sometimes it will be over-head on database to fetch simple answer.
  • Can be more powerful querying tool with lite/web versions with analytic reporting features
Business Objects SRC is not the right fit for just extracting data and showing in a fancy tabular form.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Long-term financial planning (1)
7
Financial budgeting (1)
9
Forecasting (1)
8
Scenario modeling (1)
6
Management reporting (1)
9
Financial data consolidation (1)
6
Journal entries and reports (1)
6
Multi-currency management (1)
9
Intercompany Eliminations (1)
8
Local and consolidated reporting (1)
9
Detailed Audit Trails (1)
8
Financial Statement Reporting (1)
9
Management Reporting (1)
9
Excel-based Reporting (1)
9
Automated board and financial reporting (1)
8
XBRL support for regulatory filing (1)
8
Personalized dashboards (1)
6
Color-coded scorecards (1)
8
KPIs (1)
8
Cost and profitability analysis (1)
8
Key Performance Indicator setting (1)
8
Benchmarking with external data (1)
3
Flat file integration (1)
9
Excel data integration (1)
9
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources (1)
9

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Business Objects SRC is a financial planning / performance management product and was acquired by Business Objects in 2005. SAP acquired Business Objects in 2007, and made the decision to retire the SRC product line in 2008 in order to consolidate their product portfolio. The replacement product is SAP Business Planning & Consolidation (a rebranded version of the former Outlooksoft product).

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