SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Review

It reduces the manual process of gathering and creating reports into a much simpler and easier ways via self-service and dashboard management.​


Valuable Features:

It has got a broad range of options for SMBs and enterprise level companies.

  1. Dashboard Design (xcelcius) - this feature is a great tool to visualize information especially for enterprise dashboards in a board room and it can do what if analyses simply. The possibility of creating a specific dashboard format is unlimited.
  2. Web Intelligence - this feature is the most mature feature of Business Objects, and it has the capabilities of ad hoc reporting, pixel perfect reporting, formatted style, as well as complex and advanced calculations. It can also publicize reports to help with distribution
  3. Explorer - the best of breed for self service and visualization before SAP Lumira came in. The ease of use is unrivalled by the other features of Business Objects.

Improvements to My Organization:

My company uses this to monitor revenue and its achievement for every product, salesman, period and department. We also implement for financial statement purpose such as profit loss statement, balance sheet statement and opex report.

Our sister company also use SAP Business Objects to monitor all the sales activities, stock, aging stock, and forecast.

At the end of the day, Business Objects reduces the manual process of gathering and creating reports into a much simpler and easier ways via self-service and dashboard management.

Room for Improvement:

  1. Annotation in the BI Launch pad. Previously there was the Discussion board function, but it was not good and no one used it. If SAP could create a functionality like annotation just like when we open in SAP BI Mobile application, it would be a great boost of functionality and collaboration feature.
  2. Clear roadmap, they need to simplify the tools and features
  3. Speedometer/Gauge in SAP Lumira
  4. Integration of Lumira with SAP BI Platform on a non-Windows OS
  5. Ability to Visualize in a browser SAP Lumira when it is uploaded into BI Platform

Initial Setup:

It was straightforward.

Implementation Team:

In-house development since I’m in a consulting company

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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