SAP BusinessObjects BI - the budget killer
Jason Westenskow | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 25, 2017

SAP BusinessObjects BI - the budget killer

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform

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.
ThoughtSpot is superior for query speed and simplicity but is inferior in merged-dimension query setup and execution. BOBJ is superior to Tableau in that the universes simplify the queries for the end-user, however, it's inferior in visualizations. decisionpoint is a dashboard tool with potential but is still new. However, decisionpoint is superior in building dashboards on limited technical resources and varying database platforms.
We've utilized several database platforms and find it satisfactory.
Sharing within BOBJ is good, scheduled reporting is standard but collaboration is lacking in our environment.
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.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
9
Customizable dashboards
6
Report Formatting Templates
6
Drill-down analysis
6
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
Not Rated
Report Delivery Scheduling
9
Delivery to Remote Servers
9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
5
Predictive Analytics
Not Rated
Multi-User Support (named login)
9
Role-Based Security Model
9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
6
Dedicated iOS Application
9
Dedicated Android Application
9
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
Not Rated
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated