SAP Business Objects to Empower the Enterprise Data Consumption
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 29, 2019

SAP Business Objects to Empower the Enterprise Data Consumption

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform

We use SAP BOBJ to extract data from our ERP (SAP ECC6 EHP6) thru some Pre-defined Rapid Mart schemas. Once data is loaded, we created Universes and do the required ETL (Extract Transform and Load) to model the data to be consumed to all organization from Finance and Costs to Maintenance, Production, Sales a, d Purchasing. Users have either BI reports ready or they use Microsoft Power BI to consume the data.
  • Easy connection to ERP (SAP) thru pre-defined Rapid Marts or tables.
  • Easy connection to other Databases (our plant data or our custom apps).
  • Strong and reliable ETL functions.
  • Stability.
  • The BI reporting is not so simple for a non-experienced user.
  • Mobility and publishing can be improved.
  • Sharing of BI reporting by users.
That was the best alternative that could connect to our ERP instances. The availability of SAP Rapid Marts that could be leveraged to pull data models for specific SAP areas such as Sales tables, Production, Maintenance, and others was also a very important differentiation. Along with the ability to easily and consistently simplify the data models from SAP and combine with other datasets from other apps.
Ease of integrating and pulling SAP ECC data thru SAP Data Marts that we acquire.
Merging data extracts with other data models and other databases.
ETL scheduling integration with our job scheduling tool had no issues.
Excellent interface for the ETL models design and testing.
Stability and integrity of data.
Works well with Oracle and SQL databases.
Building Roles and Security models were not quite simple for us because we needed to include key SAP security objects like plant number, company code, and movement type in our model. Anyway, it is working as expected after we were able to clearly define that we wanted security of data and not only access to tables and reports.

Collaboration is good but depends on users experiencing what they might want to work with simpler interfaces for collaboration like MS PBI.
Our Database Team can easily create Universes and simplified data models to be published to our corporate data warehouse. Experienced users can consume this data and build some valuable reporting and dashboards. Anyway, end users prefer a more dynamic tool to handle the reporting and dashboards like MS PBI for example.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
7
Customizable dashboards
7
Report Formatting Templates
7
Drill-down analysis
7
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
6
Publish to Web
7
Publish to PDF
8
Report Versioning
8
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
7
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
8
Role-Based Security Model
8
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
8
Single Sign-On (SSO)
8
Responsive Design for Web Access
7
Dedicated iOS Application
7
Dedicated Android Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
7
REST API
Not Rated
Javascript API
Not Rated
iFrames
Not Rated
Java API
Not Rated
Themeable User Interface (UI)
7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
Not Rated