SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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Business Insights at Your Fingertips

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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is being used by our Operations team to monitor performance and the impact of …
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SAP BO and I: A love story

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SAP is currently used by a single department but for data that is pulled business-wide. We integrate the date of various departments and …

Why SAP? Why?

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SAP BI was used for our office to gauge manufacturing and product analytics. It was supposed to solve the problem we had with our business …

BI Platform Review

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Used throughout the enterprise. Crystal reports are used to dump data into other home-grown solutions.

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Customizable dashboards (44)

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Report Formatting Templates (44)

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Multi-User Support (named login) (44)

8.1
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What is SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform?

The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence Platform provides users with ad hoc queries, reporting, data visualizations, and analysis tools. Its integrated, unified infrastructure aims to offer scalability from one-to-many tools and interfaces on-premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.

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BI Standard Reporting

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Ad-hoc Reporting

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Report Output and Scheduling

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Data Discovery and Visualization

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Access Control and Security

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Mobile Capabilities

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Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

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Product Details

What is SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform?

The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence (BI) platform is a flexible, scalable information infrastructure that aims to help you more easily discover and share insights for better business decisions. According to the vendor, the integrated, unified infrastructure enables scalability from one to many tools and interfaces on premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Features

  • Supported: Reporting and analysis
  • Supported: Data visualization and analytics applications
  • Supported: Office integration

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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsApple Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Windows: Server 2008 and 2012; Suse SLES 11 x86_64; Red Hat EL 5 and 6 x86_64; AIX 6.1 and 7.1 Power; Solaris 10 and 11 SPARC
Mobile ApplicationNo

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What is SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform?

The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence Platform provides users with ad hoc queries, reporting, data visualizations, and analysis tools. Its integrated, unified infrastructure aims to offer scalability from one-to-many tools and interfaces on-premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.

What is SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform's best feature?

Reviewers rate Pixel Perfect reports and Responsive Design for Web Access and Delivery to Remote Servers highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform?

The most common users of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform are from Enterprises and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Saurabh Raheja | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SAP BO BI Platform can be used for reporting purposes. There are reporting tools available within this suite e.g. Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, etc. These reporting tools help us to develop reports on top of the data available in the database. We can build interactive and beautiful visualizations which help the organization in decision makings. Getting hold of meaningful data in the vast scope of backend data and displaying that in form of interactive reports and visualization help the organization in planning, decision making, and overall growth of the organization. These are the scope of the use case of the SAP BI BO Platform. One can even schedule the reports to get the reports delivered to their email, BI Inbox at any frequency like daily, weekly, monthly, and so on and so forth.
  • Maintaining users and user groups in CMC.
  • Scheduling Web Reports through CMC to get reports delivered to emails at any given frequency.
  • Maintaining roles and securities for different users, users group and BO servers
  • Regarding improvement, there is very little scope now as it has already grown up so well from BO BI 3.1 to BO BI 4.0, then BO BI 4.1, then BO BI 4.2 and now the latest is BO BI 4.3
  • One improvement I can think of is that it can go on the cloud. For example, a physical box may not be required for the installation of SAP BI BO.
A best-suited scenario which I experienced in the SAP BO BI platform was the scheduling of the web reports in any format, e.g. PDF, Excel, etc, and getting those delivered to BI Inbox, emails, DLs, etc. at any frequency e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, etc. This will help users to get hold of the latest data and get the output handy within their email whenever they need it. This is turn will help in important decision makings, planning, etc of the organizations. The less appropriate scenario that I faced was creating different user and user groups with respect to location, data involvement, etc. Managing the huge list of user and user groups and assigning appropriate roles, e.g. admin role, read-only role, etc can be a tedious task at one go.
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.
Md Tuhin Sarker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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All departments in our organization, from Finance and Planning to Sales and Marketing, use the SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence platform. We offered it to our clients as a cognitive analytic solution to meet their business needs. In the back-end, it serves as a front-end tool for querying and performing analysis. Easy-to-use, it can handle an extensive database, and the graphical user interface is attractive and intuitive. While the reporting mechanism is available, it also extracts general data. Excel and MS Power BI are still superior, even though the report display improves every day.
  • Quickly scale architecture by clustering nodes and servers, ingesting data from multiple business areas, and generating reports.
  • In addition to different design interfaces like HTML, applet, and rich client, which may be helpful in other circumstances, report scheduling is efficient and straightforward.
  • The meta-layer removes some of the complexities of other programs, allowing the end-user to interact with the program cleanly and efficiently.
  • The tool lacks impact analysis capabilities, and adding complex functions and calculations may significantly slow down reports.
  • Less training time is needed, but the benefits outweigh the costs.
On-premise SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform has a long history. This platform allows us to address various user information exploitation needs. Analysis of reports and displays is essential: excel-savvy business analysts who can do fundamental data analysis, data visualization, and report generation. Ample functions and scope variables enable complex aggregation. As a result, the universe must be carefully designed and optimized.
There is a strong community, user forum, and knowledge base available to users. They are always quick to respond and helpful when we need them. SAP support is providing BI assistance. They can answer questions about essential staff, but not complex structures. In some cases, we received feedback that our request was impossible to implement; however, later, we discovered other ways to accomplish it.
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP Bi reporting tool is our companies primary software for Reporting and Analysis. I use it heavily daily and have done it for over a decade. It's highly nimble and allows me to connect to various data sources that have been set up. I can connect and report on Financial values from our Accounting System to our Point of Sale data that holds key sales and product information. Our Account system does not hold detailed product level information but is good for P&L Reporting by Centre and Divisional level. For stock level and margin data, we use Business Objects to build custom reports and conduct various analyses from the required data source.
  • Connects to various data sources
  • Excellent for building adhoc reports and doing analysis on the fly
  • The scheduling and publication functions are great time savers and allow us to manage many regular and recurring reports.
  • At the moment we are experiencing some performance issues, but this may be down to our own companies network/infrastructure and not the BI tool
  • The older Client version I thought was more stable than the 4.2 web-based version. But this again could be down to the companies network/infrastructure
It is great if you have many data sources where you need to draw information from. We use it to pull data from the Accounting system universe and the Point of Sale Universe to combine customer, product, and P&L data where needed.
SAP offers online support and trouble shooting that has been very valuable over the years.
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is being used by our Operations team to monitor performance and the impact of changes made to code, to measure KPIs, and the success or failure of a newly introduced feature or code.
  • Deep insights on performance.
  • Ease of use for inexperienced users.
It is a great tool for teams who are trained in understanding the metrics it can provide. It is not suited for users with little understanding of performance trends and how this tool works.
They are very responsive and helpful when we need them.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP is currently used by a single department but for data that is pulled business-wide. We integrate the date of various departments and create reports in order to find out any casuality issues across the business as well as to determine if changes in one area are having the desired effect across the business. It addresses an issue we had with data being difficult to link together across large areas of the business to see if the data held by one department could be used to make savings in another.
  • Ingest data from multiple areas of the business and use them to generate easy to understand reports.
  • Report scheduling is simple and efficient allowing the team to run reports at a variety of different times to suit the stakeholder's needs.
  • The metalayer takes away some of the complexities of other programs, allowing the end user to interact with the program in a clean and efficient way.
  • We have had some difficulty linking up with data in some of our web portals. This has caused a large amount of development time, and support has been less than its usual helpful self in this regard.
  • Older versions had functions which have now been removed, or replaced with less effecient functions. For example the HTML output option.
  • Some configuration issues have arisen when we have attempted to configure API'S. Some require a JDBC connection, which was slightly more difficult than expected.
The software is fantastic at pulling data from a wide variety of sources, such as the cloud, servers and even desktops. We have used this to generate reports based on a wide data sample. Whilst we haven't attempted it with the software, it is probably less appropriate to use it for single data sources that have a consistent data set. It's not that I think it couldn't handle it, it's more that it may be overkill for such a straight forward task.
Score 7 out of 10
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SAP Business Object Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is used widely in our company across departments like Finance, Planning and Sales. Due to the different software solutions have been implemented in different business units, a tool should be available to combine different data sources to produce management and operational reports. Currently this tool is SAP BI in our organization.
  • It has a good capability of combining a variety of different data sources like ODBC, Excel, SQL Server, text, etc.
  • Design is relatively straightforward and is flexible enough to let different functions be used in different scopes (whole report, section of a report, etc) to create parts, combining data from different sources.
  • There are different design interfaces like HTML, applet and rich client which may be handy in different circumstances.
  • Scheduling of the report updates help you organize timing of your report activities.
  • Although limited, comparison of the updated report with its previous data is a good feature.
  • Adding complex functions and calculations may significantly slow down the reports.
  • Comparison of the report data histories could be extended. Currently you can only compare your report with only previous run but not with any older versions.
  • Web, applet and rich clients UI's do not always have the same design functions available, for example.
  • You may find yourself unable to export multiple reports at the same time in web interface where you can do it in the rich client interface.
  • More flexibility in report design could be helpful such as copying report sections between different reports, multi select and modifications of sub reports, etc.
  • Drilldown could be improved . For example, a feature to export drilldown structure to Excel or faster drilldown would help a lot.
SAP BI platform provides a good solution to prepare reports spanning a variety of different data sources. Also it has a good number of functions and scope variables that let you introduce complex aggregation. However, it is important to design the universe very carefully and optimized since the reports can get too long to run, even too long to navigate between sub reports.
We are getting the BI support from our SAP support company. Although they are good at some basic staff, they are unable to answer our questions for some complex structures. Sometimes we got the feedback that our request was not possible to implement, however later we found there were some methods available.
Dariusz Zyskowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP Business Objects has been a primary BI/Reporting solution for the City of Chicago for the past 14 years. It is being used by all city departments to report off practically all city databases. Available to all city employees via Web Intelligence module, it provides simple AdHoc capabilities, as well as advanced options for power users and developers.
  • Simplicity. It is very easy for a non technical user to create and format a report in Web Intelligence. This is especially true with the new 4.1 release.
  • Report distribution. Several options available, such as FTP, File Location, BO Inbox and Email. Each is very intuitive and simple to use without any confusing, very technical options (ex. Oracle's OBIEE).
  • Scheduling. This is a very important feature that is being used a lot here at the city (over 700 scheduled reports run every night). Very robust scheduling engine that can be easily configured and adjusted by the administrator if needed.
  • Service Pack/Fix Pack reliability. Each SP/FP fixes certain bugs, but unfortunately sometimes messes up other features (problematic upgrade from TOMCAT 5 to 7) which can be very frustrating. That is why we carefully test every one of them in our DEV environment before promoting it to Production/
  • JAVA vulnerability. It appears SAP is slow with latest JAVA client (needed for Web Intelligence report creation/edit) support. This creates issues when users update their JAVA release to the latest version, which is not yet supported by SAP resulting in error messages.
  • Internal reporting on Business Objects environment. You can report against user activity (from the audit tables), but there is no build in tool/capability to report on BO content, users, security environment which is very helpful for the administrators. Third party expensive tools are needed (APOS).
Key question: who is the intended audience? Do you want your regular, non technical users to have report creation capabilities? If so, then BO is a way to go. Developers/Power Users can use other BO tools (Design Studio) to create elaborate, more advanced reports, graphs and dashboards.
Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have currently deployed SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform in our company for Analytics reporting on SAP Concur Modules. We also deploy SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform for our customer to address their business needs and provide cognitive analytical solution
  • SOA Service Oriented architecture
  • Architecture scaling and deployment can be managed easily, clustering nodes and servers to give scalability
  • User friendly administration modules
  • User friendly reporting modules like Web Intelligence, SAP Lumira, SAC
  • Strong semantic layer supporting multi-source database
  • Waterfall model design is used
  • Need to compete with Agile architecture and design
  • Quick turn time like Modern BI agile tools
Best suited for SAP data source. Seamless integration with SAP BW/BEX queries. Integrates with all SAP Modules. Supports all the traditional relational database, big data, data lake.
Good Knowledge base available, good user forum and community.
  • Online training
  • in-person training
Yes
Yes, LCM tool is awesome. Tool is much mature than what it used to be in past BO5.x series
Score 9 out of 10
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SAP BO BI is widely used in my organization since it is a tool that does not require an understanding of coding and provides a good supplement to support tools such as Excel and pivot tables. It is a good tool for a business analyst to do reporting and data visualization.
  • Nice visualization.
  • Nice reporting.
  • Integrated system.
  • Required java.
  • Based on Adobe.
  • Stability.
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is well suited for a business analyst who performs basic data analysis and data visualization and output into the report originally through Excel or without too deep understanding of coding or any other data science tool that allows them to perform the analysis in R or Python.
Martin Lopez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I have used SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform in countless companies and covering different types of industries with excellent results. It allows you to solve all the reporting needs as well as the development of boards and the massive distribution of information automatically. It you allows to meet the needs of different types of users, as many as the management area as the power users.
  • Operational reporting through the SAP Web Intelligence tool
  • Pixel-perfect reporting through SAP Crystal Reports
  • Visualizations with SAP Lumira
  • Avoid the need to use Java in certain functionalities.
  • Avoid reliance on Adobe Flash on certain features.
  • Improvement in the need for adaptations for mobile devices.
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform is an on premise solution with a lot of history and allows you to solve all kinds of information exploitation needs for different types of users.
April 02, 2019

Why SAP? Why?

Michael Diaz-Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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SAP BI was used for our office to gauge manufacturing and product analytics. It was supposed to solve the problem we had with our business portion of our software. However after deployment, we quickly found out it was not so easy. It was used in manufacturing and parts management.
  • It has a great way of displaying information.
  • It's affordable.
  • It can scale well provided you have good support.
  • The interface looks like it's something out of 1999.
  • Customer support is horrible and honestly it's a lottery any time you call.
  • The system crashes constantly.
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.
October 28, 2019

BI Platform Review

Score 4 out of 10
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Used throughout the enterprise. Crystal reports are used to dump data into other home-grown solutions.
  • Easy access to fully developed reports
  • Ability to schedule report output to different destination types.
  • Platform administration.
  • Stability. Servers go down, memory leaks.
  • Support is better than five years ago, but still doesn't measure up.
The website is not intuitive. Lumira is an utter disaster. Need third-party products to oversee the environment. Search continually malfunctions. Not enough default configuration settings that can be customized.
Tim Dorscher | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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I use it to gather data from our SAP Warehouse to report out our financial information and high and low performing/selling products. It allows us to gather that data and put it into Excel where we can then use other tools to create visualizations of the data in our monthly, quarterly and yearly reports.
  • Allows significant customization and filtering of the data when creating reports.
  • Is an easy, relatively user-friendly way of accessing the data.
  • No SQL or other programming languages needed for queries.
  • The interface is old and unintuitive. The tooltips are helpful but for someone new to it there is little help in where to begin and what to do
  • This may be our systems but it is slow when querying our data.
  • For some reason when exporting the data, if I choose reports it never exports ALL the data so I am not sure what function that option is supposed to provide.
It is a graphical way of getting to the data housed in an SAP Warehouse. It allows users without specific database knowledge to access the data they require and manipulate it in other tools they may be more familiar with. It serves a function and it does that reasonably well. However, it is not the most intuitive platform for new users if that is your audience.
Bryan Arroyo Fernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SAP BusinessObjects is currently being used by several departments within my company. In the case of my department (Quality), it is used to produce purchase order reports based on the material or supplier being investigated.
  • PO Reports by Supplier and Material
  • Stock Overview reports
  • Processing of POs
  • Needs to work on the user interface. It is not particularly user friendly
  • No support on Mac computers
SAP BuisnessObjects BI is great when used as a database. Not so great if the user wants to use it as a dashboard. Based on the access level I've been to SAP I can't create graphs in SAP directly. To do so I must export the data to excel and use this application for all my reporting needs. Its also important to note that the exporting function Spreadsheet for PO's tends to download symbols that are translated as pictures in the middle of the data table
Rodolfo Pinera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Recently, I did for production a report sales in WebIntelligence, which started with 30 users and the main heads in company, and now are in process for 100 users. Additionally I am in a project for Finance users, the objective is to create a set of reports in Web Intelligence and a dashboard in Design Studio.
  • We can expand results for a lot of users in a short time.
  • The tool WebIntelligence is easy for the user and the training also is in a short time.
  • It is possible to inherit the security that is implemented in SAP BW.
  • Funcional users can be independent for generating your own analytics.
  • I am using WebI 4.1, and I think it has deficiency in a variety of charts, for example vs Power BI.
  • I generate my principal reports from BW querys, would be wonderful if for example in IDT if I could edit the BW query in like a: change names, create folders, new ratios...
  • Some times when I need change the data source in special from a BW query, is difficult.
I think that some times the restrictions are only in costs. But for me, WebIntelligence can be adapted in many situations, a lot or a few users, a lot of data or a little data...
Josh Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform is being used to host reports created in Lumira and Analysis for Office, to enable the creation, storage, and sharing of data and reports. Our most comfortable state is having someone centrally refreshing reports, saving them to a share point and then sending the link to their organization, so the BI Platform has a big opportunity for productivity savings and a better UX! It's being used globally across all areas of Business Planning and some accounting.
  • The fact that you are able to work offline on creating reports and then, within the local client, be able to upload it to the BI Platform and continue editing from the local client, while connected to the BI Platform
  • Separation of end user (BI Launchpad) and management/administration (Central Management Console) access points
  • Interoperability with other SAP products (e.g. Lumira, FIORI, AA)
  • The "FIORI-fied" BI Launchpad still has limited functionality which causes us not to leverage it. It is important to have a consistent UI look and feel for our users but we cannot sacrifice functionality. Therefore we don't have users access the BI Launchpad, we just link them from FIORI, directly to the reports.
  • We've found it very hard to find answers to very simple questions (e.g. what is the best approach for security model, bearing in mind the size of our organization). Both directly with SAP and via third-party contractors, we have struggled to find answers quickly, and sometimes at all...
  • As with all SAP products, they constantly change their recommendation. One minute, the BI Platform is the way forward and we should invest everything into this, and then the next it is SAP Analytics Cloud, and BI Platform will become obsolete.
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.
Score 8 out of 10
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The SAP BO BI has been used for several years within the company in the areas of production planning and reporting, budgeting, market data analysis. The main source data comprise in-house data (ordering system, production plan, production performance) and external data (market data, dealer/distributor data]) and social media data. The main tasks of the solution are in a regular reporting as well as ad-hoc analytics. Examples of business problems are production reporting, trend analysis, competition analysis. The platform is used in a multinational environment of a large production firm.
  • Very good scalability and a real must if you have an SAP as the main ERP system in the production across several factories.
  • Very good vertical integration with other SAP tools and even other main ERP solutions.
  • A good choice for a publicly traded company, where a robust auditable system is a prerequisite for getting transparency into internal.
  • Mobility - in the version currently in use it is complicated to build responsive mobile reports
  • We have integrated the reports on SAP HANA data, and SAP BO did not deliver the required results - the solution had to be replaced by SAP BO Design Studio, purchased additionally.
  • Pricing - this is not a technical feature, but for companies with only a handful of analysts, this could be an insuperable problem.
Use it anywhere where scalability and performance are required, especially if newer SAP version has been implemented.
The mode users will use it, the better - otherwise, the pricing policy could spoil the ROI. Very good integration possibilities, with other standard enterprise applications. Support of various data resources, incl. XML, OLAP etc. including the ability to connect to JAVA, MS Sharepoint, MS Office and .NET applications.

The programmer community around SAP BO is HUGE. It is quite certain, that the problem you have has already been solved by someone else. It requires a little digging in discussions, but the help is mostly available. You definitely cannot start small with SAP BO. It feels too costly,
Score 7 out of 10
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SAP BusinessObjects BI (BOBJ) is used across the organization. Access to reporting is the main problem it addresses however it's limited by the number of licenses available to our end users. It also addresses our need for pixel-perfect reporting and distributed reporting.
  • Merged dimension queries.
  • Flexibility with Universe Query vs. Free-Hand SQL.
  • Licensing cost is very prohibitive for smaller/medium-sized businesses.
  • Upgrades to BOBJ are non-existent without additional cost.
  • BOBJ is severely lagging on available technologies at the current price point.
If you have a large budget and large staff to manage the deployment you can fare very well with BOBJ. Distributed reporting is excellent, however, to get benefits from big data you must also purchase HANA - more cost with more technical resources.
Score 9 out of 10
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SAP BusinessObjects is the transaction level detail query platform within the organization - we have trained and continuously train users on BusinessObjects for self-service mode so that they can generate and customize their own queries without depending on a central IT team. It is very prolifically used within the organization as we are a highly analytics driven organization.
  • Easy to write queries
  • Easy to transfer to Excel and analyze data
  • Customizable queries can be written
  • One area is the ability to do graphs within BusinessObjects without transferring to Excel
When there is a data warehouse that stores data, BusinessObjects can be linked to the data warehouse and a detailed line item level transactional query can be done by users once trained without relying on central IT.
Sumeet Saraf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Business Objects is currently being used across the whole organisation. It helps users to get instant information for what they are looking for. It helps them to get financial data on the go, maintain all the vendor and dealer information, automate the data, and schedule the reports to the vendors/dealers directly. It's easy to use it for ad-hock queries, easy for understanding the company DB, etc. It's one of the best tools for the company to evaluate data and getting the right information.
  • It can get the right set of information in the format you want out of the whole organisation wide data.
  • It can allow you to automate the data to be shared with internal and external vendors.
  • It allows dashboards, analytics and graphical representation of data for better understanding.
  • The Lumira tool needs to be stabilised.
  • Scheduling of dashboards and analysis need to be simplified.
The tool is best for big and mid size organisations. This one tool can give you a complete picture of the whole organisation's data. It is not good for small scale industries as its license would be a bit expensive.
Score 5 out of 10
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I used SAP BO BI in my previous job as an energy market analyst. It is a good supplement to embedded with Excel tools such as VBA, Pivot Tables, etc. Because of that, it is fairly flexible to extend its ability in analysis and calculation. However, since I moved to be a data scientist, I have barely used this tool.
  • Nice, interactive visualizations.
  • Suitable for ad-hoc analysis.
  • Costly.
  • Limited tools.
If you want to get some tools for business analysts, who are fairly familiar with Excel but easily get intimidated by code and programming, then this tool might be an ideal tool to leverage. However, if you just have a group of data scientists, the tool won’t be needed.
Score 8 out of 10
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SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform was used for analytical reporting within the Strategy, Marketing, Operations, and Finance departments. It is used like a front-end tool to data ware systems in the back-end to query data and make analysis. It has a built-in reporting display mechanism but we have been using it for generally extracting data. Even though the report displays are getting better and better every day, Excel, MS Power BI reports are better.
  • Data extraction.
  • Connection to the SAP universe via a good front-end.
  • Should be cheaper.
  • It is not easy to learn.
The main functionalities are data extraction, analysis, reporting, and displays. The newer versions seem to offer better usability, especially the cloud version, but my companies were using on-premise versions. Therefore, we didn't have the chance to use any newer functionalities.

I would suggest using the cloud versions because in time new reporting capabilities are introduced. This way after 3 years, users do not need to start using Excel for my reporting purposes.
Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used across the whole organization to make data-informed decisions. Human resources, Finance and various schools use BusinessObjects for their daily activities and also do the ad-hoc reporting.
  • Easily adaptable for any level of user's technical ability to use reporting tools.
  • Ad-hoc reporting capabilities.
  • Impact analysis (data lineage) features are not available in the tool.
  • Administrators cannot perform bulk activities.
BusinessObjects BI can be used to combine data from different sources and report on the semantic objects, well suited for ad-hoc analysis for Business Analysts. It has both conventional reporting tools like webi, crystal reports as well as visualization tools like Dashboards tool.

Coming to ease of creating visualization dashboards, it is bit challenging to use Dashboard tools of BO compared to other tools in the market like Tableau.
Score 6 out of 10
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When working in pharma marketing there are a lot of different platforms that produce massive amounts of data from many different locations, SAP Business Objects BI Platform acts as the centralized hub for the synthesis of all of that information and spits out easy to digest reports containing insights that can be shared with all levels of the business.
  • Real-time business intelligence.
  • Data consumption is super simple.
  • Integrations with Microsoft office.
  • The price is high.
  • Initial implementation could be easier.
  • Customer support wasn't what we expected and could use some work.
We used this system to pull inpatient data from various sources. It was nice to use SAP Business Objects BI Platform because they put such a high priority on data security. The privacy of the patient information was incredibly important which is why we went with the platform in the first place. It had to comply with specific HIPAA compliance items and it did the job.
January 28, 2020

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Score 6 out of 10
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We are using SAP BI for analysis and reporting purposes. We use this within the insurance industry. We had some issues with a client regarding reporting and used SAP BI to help solve this problem so we could stop doing this manually.
  • It is easy to use and is easily understandable.
  • Lots of built-in functionality which makes things easier for developers.
  • Paid tool.
  • Connectivity should be better with the latest data sources.
SAP Business Object Business Intelligence (BI) Platform was used in the cases when we wanted to show data in something like a grid or table format. It can be easily understood because it provides summary-like pages along with filters that can help us directly fetch data.