SAP Business Objects is a complex but valuable tool.
February 13, 2019

SAP Business Objects is a complex but valuable tool.

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

SAP Business Objects platform is currently in use by two departments across our enterprise with a total of about 200 people. These departments take requests from businesses across the enterprise and work with them to generate reports based off of criteria that the business decides. The whole organization benefits from Business Objects.
  • It is a very flexible platform with many different add-ons that provide lots of different functionality.
  • If configured and installed correctly it can be a very robust and dependable platform for the business.
  • It has the ability to handle almost all types of data sources you can throw at it.
  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
We currently have implementations of both Microsoft BI and SAP Business Objects so our enterprise has found reasons for both. Some users prefer BI over SAP and it depends on the department they are working for. SAP was chosen for the more complex tasks that require large data sets and its ability to help its users visualize the data and plan for the future.
The big reason for my high rating would be the ability to handle disparate sources of almost any kind of data you can think of. We primarily use the Microsoft SQL driver for our ODBC connectivity but it can handle so much more. The ability to do real-time data analysis is also very valuable to our customers.
Business Objects does a good job with role-based access control that handles most types of users and situations out of the box. The ability to share reports and publish easily means that the data is quickly and effectively shared across teams. The ability to format in many different outputs is also important. The roles handle most security concerns.
SAP Business Objects is well suited for mid to large enterprise environments. It can handle multiple data types from almost any different source. It can be overly complex and expensive for a small organization or an organization new to BI. Microsoft's Business Intelligence may be a more realistic option for some customers.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
6
Customizable dashboards
8
Report Formatting Templates
6
Drill-down analysis
9
Formatting capabilities
9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
8
Report sharing and collaboration
9
Publish to Web
8
Publish to PDF
7
Report Versioning
7
Report Delivery Scheduling
8
Delivery to Remote Servers
7
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
8
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
7
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
10
Role-Based Security Model
7
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
10
Single Sign-On (SSO)
8
Responsive Design for Web Access
8
Dedicated iOS Application
5
Dedicated Android Application
6
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
8
REST API
9
Javascript API
9
iFrames
7
Java API
8
Themeable User Interface (UI)
7
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
7