SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Review

We extensively use the publication features of Crystal Reports and scheduling features of Web Intelligence. But we had some challenges with upgrades.

Valuable Features:

Business Object is truly a scalable and complete business intelligence solution for larger organizations. We have made use of the following components: Live Office, Xcelsius, Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence. We extensively use the publication features of Crystal Reports and scheduling features of Web Intelligence. For an organization that uses Excel extensively, the Live Office direct connect is fast, accurate and user friendly. Be sure to have some super users in the business who can develop Crystal Reports and well as Web Intelligence ad hoc queries. This will make the life of the IT developers and administrative employees much easier. Overall, with past experiences, I would have to rate our opinion of BOBJ very highly.

Room for Improvement:

On the downside, we have had some challenges with upgrades. Be sure to fully test every aspect in your development environment before applying any patches or service packs to Business Objects production servers. SAP was quick to respond to issues, but this still caused problems for users. The bugs we found were deep into software features (displaying column headings, formula logic, etc) and weren’t something we found in our extensive testing. I do admit we pushed the limits and had a lot of custom coding, but we expected these features to work and not break in future releases.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

Yes, SAP Business Objects is scalable and flexible with great performance. But, why do many users have problems using this program whenever they upgrade their browsers? This is more so common when the Firefox is upgraded to the 10.0 or any other new versions. What is the solution to this issue?

2nd Question: Does the SAP Business Objects Explorer aid in the deployment process for access to all features and resources?

3rd Question: We have been experiencing services in our company's SAP Business Object failing to start as a result of .jar files missing which disables them. How can I solve this?

author avatarit_user9972 (CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

Hi Tina,
Please use Internet Explorer as the default browser for Business Objects, other browsers doesnt support all features

Yes, BO Explorer leverages the complete underlying BO deployment and it has extensive and comprehensive data exploration capabilities

Services not starting due to missing jar files, in this case redeploy the war files and check. Detailed description of error would help to provide more info