SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform


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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  • Customizable dashboards (44)
  • Report Formatting Templates (44)
  • Pixel Perfect reports (43)

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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

Standard reporting means pre-built or canned reports available to users without having to create them.

8.3Avg 8.1

Ad-hoc Reporting

Ad-Hoc Reports are reports built by the user to meet highly specific requirements.

8.9Avg 8.0

Report Output and Scheduling

Ability to schedule and manager report output.

9.2Avg 8.3

Data Discovery and Visualization

Data Discovery and Visualization is the analysis of multiple data sources in a search for pattern and outliers and the ability to represent the data visually.

9Avg 8.1

Access Control and Security

Access control means being able to determine who has access to which data.

9.3Avg 8.5

Mobile Capabilities

Support for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

9.3Avg 7.9

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for used for embedding one application in another

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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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Microsoft BI (MSBI) and Tableau Desktop are common alternatives for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform.

Reviewers rate Report Versioning and Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.) highest, with a score of 9.8.

The most common users of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Dharmesh Shah | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
BI Platform
Supported Data Sources
BI Standard Reporting (3)
Pixel Perfect reports
Customizable dashboards
Report Formatting Templates
Ad-hoc Reporting (4)
Drill-down analysis
Formatting capabilities
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Report sharing and collaboration
Report Output and Scheduling (5)
Publish to Web
Publish to PDF
Report Versioning
Report Delivery Scheduling
Delivery to Remote Servers
Data Discovery and Visualization (3)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Predictive Analytics
Access Control and Security (4)
Multi-User Support (named login)
Role-Based Security Model
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Mobile Capabilities (3)
Responsive Design for Web Access
Mobile Application
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding (6)
Javascript API
Java API
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
  • We have seen significant ROI, 9-12 months
  • As per license model you can plan your deployment model to justify ROI
  • Tool being in industry for quite long, customer adoption and adaptability brings ROI
MicroStrategy Analytics and IBM Cognos Analytics is costlier compared to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform stacks. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform stacks is user friendly, easy to adapt, easy to train resources and get them productive. SOA architecture and platform scalability adds to it.

SOA Service oriented architecture, Platform scalability. Strong semantic layer, seamless integration with SAP BW and bex queries.
Good Knowledge base available, good user forum and community.
Function and domain knowledge on SAP modules. Technical skills for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence analytics. Good Administration skills for code pipeline deployment

  • Add more business users
  • Self service BI
  • Self service BI analytics
  • SAP BW and Bex integration
  • Microsoft Office SAP integration
  • Innovative dashboard
  • Collaborate with business users
  • Implementation support
Good implementation support and user community
Just love the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence analytics, will continue to explore it further with latest service pack features

  • Implemented in-house
Agile framework was used, we planned the deployment in different waves, prioritize the phases.
Change management was minimal
Document well change management to be well prepared
  • Not much challenges faced
  • Seamless installation and backup
Just love the tool, great interface and user friendly
  • Online training
  • in-person training
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
Well managed online training. Hands on labs well managed and prepared.
SAP configuration is very user friendly, I really enjoyed working on it
Make it more competitive compared to competitors
Some - we have done small customizations to the interface
Yes - we have added extensive custom code
We have played a lot with SAP BO SDK
BO SDK gives you full control on metadata
Benefits you get from premium support, access to the latest patches and service packs
I've connected with SAP labs and co-workers. I was part of SAP architect team, easy to relate the upcoming landscape. SAP Innovation, collaboration is one of the best in the industry which makes SAP to be in leaders space for so long.
  • SAP BI BO User Interface
  • Strongly integrated with Microsoft office products
  • Easily collaborate with the users, share the output in various formats
  • Scheduling engine is one of the best in the industry
  • SOA Service Oriented Architecture
  • Waterfall architecture, need quick turn around time
  • Need to move towards agile methodology
Awesome SAP BI mobile interface. Easy to implement and get it operational in short span of time
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
We usually use weekend window for all housekeeping activities like Patch upgrades, backup etc. We have scalable architecture to prevent any downtime in real time application. Even if one server goes down, other server takes over.
Architecture deployment plan is responsible for performance. You need to plan well hardware as per the environment, database, users concurrent login. You can checklist from SAP calculator to derive the CPU license needed.
  • Power BI
  • Tableau
We query SAP BW/Bex query to pull data in Tableau and Power BI for few of user groups.
  • SAP HANA with Power BI integration is seamless
SAP HANA, BW, Bex query integration with external tool is seamless
  • Single Signon
  • API (e.g. SOAP or REST)
  • ETL tools
RestAPI is awesome
Easy integration of SAP HANA, BW, Bex query with external Modern BI tools like Tableau, Power BI
Please go ahead with full confidence, integration is easy
Easy access to SAP local Sales team
Good support, queries get addressed as needed
Keep on the good job
Yes, LCM tool is awesome. Tool is much mature than what it used to be in past BO5.x series
  • Get latest features offered by service packs
  • Resolved bugs in existing service packs
  • Lots of tool competitor features available in latest service packs
  • Upskill team with the latest service packs
  • User friendly business features
Nathan Patrick Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The product is a great central platform for BI needs.
  • User can be setup to have access to specific data elements.
  • Reports and documents can be published and pushed out to each user.
  • The software can be distributed via a central server rather than maintain software on each user's computer.
  • The software typically requires training to use and is not very intuitive.
  • The security setup is difficult to learn and understand.
  • There have been some compatibility issues when connecting to the latest non-SAP data sources.
  • Updating and upgrading the software is not easy.
Microsoft/Caradigm Amalga

SAP offered the most complete package. We were looking for a platform that gave us ETL tools, reporting, dashboards, and security.
We may end up switching to Microsoft's BI stack as we use a Microsoft's PDW appliance which is not fully compatible with SAP BusinessObjects.
  • We use the product to measure performance. High performance equates to higher reimbursements rates in our industry.
  • Cleaner, more reliable data.
  • The product is used as our primary BI platform.
  • We use Crystal Reports for end user reporting.
  • SAP Dashboards for our monthly performance improvement dashboards.
  • Web intelligence for ad-hoc data reports and exploration.
  • Data services is used to move data from our production system to our data warehouse.
We did not previously own a BI solution.
  • Implemented in-house
The product requires hardware that is spec'd a bit higher than the vendor's recommendation.
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
Great training with hand-on labs.
SAP's training is excellent, though it is expensive.
The product is not easy to use without training. I'd recommend that anyone who implements BusinessObjects receive training on each component.
We have not found SAP's support to be particularly useful.
The support system is difficult to use.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • I would score an 8 if reporting on a relational database - performance is good and the product works well.
  • Features and options are good. It can cater to many different use cases, depending on end-user requirements.
  • The suite contains multiple tools - OLAP, Explorer, Dashboards. It's highly versatile with a great variety of tool-sets. It doesn't force people to do things one way using a single tool.
  • However, continuing problems in reporting against an OLAP database reduce the overall score to a 6.
  • BW / Business Objects integration: SAP has more work to do here. Version 4.0 has removed major obstacles in stability, but we still have a lot of performance issues. The Business Objects features have been limited by the BW background. I would give this a score of 5 overall.
  • SAP is pushing an in-memory database solution - HANA. SAP resources are focused on moving BW to HANA database. I believe BO performance will improve significantly as a result of this. We want to re-evaluate our data warehousing strategy, middle of next year. We are going on two paths currently. We want to take a step back and re-evaluate if SAP has a better solution.
  • Dashboard tool sub-standard relative to Tableau. Takes weeks to get working vs. days in Tableau to build.
  • Mobile compatibility is far ahead in Tableau.
  • From the admin perspective, Business Objects is not fine tuned out of the box.
  • Rolling out support packages is not disciplined -sometimes every 2 weeks, sometimes every 2 months.
  • No good alerting and monitoring systems.
  • No handshake to BW - e.g. send something on a trigger basis from another system to Business Objects.
  • Sales - helps track revenue, shipments, pay commissions to reps.
  • Operations - usability of tool is good - one common repository for every body to see reports. This really is a one-stop-shop for reporting.
  • Inter-operability of analysis views.
We will likely make this decision at the end of next year. We have 2 paths. We have to determine how we consolidate our various data warehouses, and what are the enterprise promoted tools. Most of the operations reports are in the WebI ad-hoc reporting tool, and we don't have any complaints about them.
Operations Finance Sales
One is a DBA, the other is SAP Basis person.
  • Operations: We use Business Objects to create operational reports on manufacturing processes. We pull data from SAP ERP into BW and then report on that data.
  • Finance: We bring in data from SAP ERP to BW and report using the native BW reporting tool called BusinessExporer (BEx). This has all GL information, and we use a profitability analysis tool called CO-PA (cost and profitability analysis) to track revenue, and sales goals.
  • Sales:we pull data from all systems - SAP ERP,, SAP CRM - and bring the data intoto BW, for where we report on it using Business Objects. We use Business Objects to build pipeline reports, revenue reports, shipment reports. and also to track the revenue quarter to quarter. We have another system called Adexa Collaborative Demand Planning (CDP) - for trend analysis and forecasts.
  • We are not using Salesforce as revenue system. Everything related to revenue has to come from SAP. Primary report that SAP is looking for is revenue. We collect all data from transactional systems into BW.
We were using the SAP Business Warehouse (SAP BW) for reporting, visualization etc.
Originally, Business Objects was implemented before I joined. When we had issues with Business Objects Version 3, we evaluated: 1) Tableau - This is a great product, really rich/appealing, and good mobile finctionality, but the price and the ETL functionality were issues. Allso performance of Tableau against OLAP data was not that good. It was much better against relational databases. 2) SQL BI - This had most of the features looking for. We have started to use SQL BI tools - not in production, we are stilltesting. We are not using with OLAP - we bring data from BW and store in a SQL data mart, stage, transform if required, model, then report. - Finance still using old SAP BW tools. - Operations is using BO 4.0 - Another group using Business Objects 3.1, and is going to try out SQL BI tools We also evaluated another product called Greenplum (acquired by EMC). This has no front end to it, and is essentially a data warehouse.
  • Vendor implemented
  • Implemented in-house
  • Professional services company
For both 3.1 and 4.0 implementation was a combination of us and SAP Professional Services. Tool implementation is overall pretty easy. In addition to SAP, we hired another consulting company to help audit and troubleshoot. They didn't find anything wrong with what we were doing - although we were experiencing some issues.
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user. Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
We learned through on the job training as administrators. End users learn through documentation, online training and classroom training that we put on. We put on a class whenever we roll out a new report.
Seeing how difficult the tool is to keep up and running, our CIO decided to do this.
Initial level of support is normal. Used to respond quickly, now less so. Quality seems to be degrading a little. Level of expertise - sometimes it takes months to get to the right level of information, sometimes it can be fairly quick. On average it's pretty fast compared to other SAP tools. Business Objects support is better than that for other SAP products.
If end users are trained enough, this tool is pretty slick. People can create reports without too much trouble. Training is a very important component to use the tool. Most training is pretty straightforward. Classroom training comprises 3-4 sessions or two weeks of orientation.
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
Highly contingent on source database.
  • SAP Business Warehouse
  • SQL relational database tool called Planview
Data from SAP CRM, etc, into BW.
  • SAP ERP directly
SAP has given a few direct integration points for specific use cases. This helps us to avoid ETL processes.
It's tough.They are very bureaucratic - there's no one person to go to who can directly help us .We have a service coordinator - every meeting has 10 people. No dedicated technical account manager.
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