You don't need IT staff to write your reports!
Robert Scrimshaw | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 08, 2014

You don't need IT staff to write your reports!

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Software Version

Enterprise XI release 12.1.0

Modules Used

  • Designer, Reporting Tool

Overall Satisfaction with SAP Business Objects

Business Objects is the tool used to report agaist our ERP, Lawson. It is used across the organization, and has been in play here for just over 10 years. We did not think that Lawson had a reporting package that met our needs, so Business Objects was chosen both for canned Financial/Operational reporting and for our adhoc reporting needs. We have trained multiple financial users to write reports using the Webi tool and these reports are in turn, scheduled and automatically staged and/or emailed to our users.
  • SAP Business Objects handles massive amounts of data and does so very efficiently.
  • The generation and organization of our data using Universes helps us to generate reports that are very easy to build. It's a drag and drop system that allows us to build reports with confidence that the data is correctly displayed.
  • Business Objects helps our finance analysts to be more productive in supporting our medical customers with both financial and operational reports.
  • Business Objects would be even more useful if it was integrated with a planning tool.
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.
SAP Business Objects is used across our entire organization. I believe the Finance Department, alone, is making a transition to the new tool, but Business Objects will continue to be used in many other operational areas here at Mayo.
We are able to take both operational metric type data and financial data and link them together in our data marts for reporting through B.O. It has been a seamless approach for handling such massive, disparate volumes of data, and has worked very well.
Not sure how to answer this one!
I have only seen them, not used them, but they look amazing! Our top level dashboard is currently generated in the tool and it is rolled out monthly, and eagerly awaited by our operations leadership. The reports are colorful, informative and easy to understand.
SAP Business Objects is well suited to organizations who have financial analysts who would like to write their own financial reports, without constantly having to employ specialized report writers with IT degrees. Through the use of Universes, "regular" folk can write operational and financial reports using English terms, and not SQL code. This revolutionized the reporting that we do, when we implemented it years ago. I don't use the graphing and scorecarding features of the product, but I see the results of those that do in our organization. It's quite impressive!