A Quick Summary of Business Objects
September 12, 2014

A Quick Summary of Business Objects

Michael Spino | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
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  • Desktop Intelligence
  • Web Intelligence
  • Web Intelligence Rich Client
  • Universe Designer

Overall Satisfaction with SAP Business Objects

Business Objects is being used as a reporting tool for both IT and business teams. It's relied upon to query a number of data sources including Oracle databases, datamarts, and EDW data stores. Reports are primarily created and maintained by a combination of IT and business teams. Business objects provides the ability for quick adhoc reporting and scheduling of routine reports.
  • Quick ad hoc reporting of standardized information from the same datasource
  • Easy drag and drop interface for new users to get acclimated to existing datasources without having to know the intricate join logic
  • Web based interface allows users to easily share and distribute reports they create
  • Scheduling allows users to setup a report to run for any time and frequency they prefer with little maintenance.
  • Hard to keep track of changes to reports and report recovery
  • Frequent version upgrades require businesses to update their infrastructure and reports
  • Diminishing support from SAP for the Business Objects suite
SAP Business Objects is primarily used since it can plug into a large variety of existing data sources and only required setup of it's own admin server. A number of other tools have been utilized for functionality but SAP Business Objects proved the best for reporting.
SAP Business Objects is well suited for both scheduling reports and ad hoc reporting. Users can typically learn the basic reporting functionality without a lot of training. The tool is not strong in pulling data from multiple data sources for the same report and the more advanced reporting is hard to learn.