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"We are completely satisfied with the ease of connecting to different sources of data or pocket files in the search""Automation with Databricks is very easy when using the API.""Databricks is based on a Spark cluster and it is fast. Performance-wise, it is great.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is its notebook. It's quite convenient to use, both terms of the research and the development and also the final deployment, I can just declare the spark jobs by the load tables. It's quite convenient.""I work in the data science field and I found Databricks to be very useful.""The time travel feature is the solution's most valuable aspect.""I haven't heard about any major stability issues. At this time I feel like it's stable.""Imageflow is a visual tool that helps make it easier for business people to understand complex workflows."

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"The common metadata environment means that the entire organisation has the same definition of core measures rather than these being derived in spreadsheets or specific reports.""The solution's user security is extremely effective. You can profile very well. All the users and all the functionality is protected and that includes information and data segregation.""It provides flexibility for creating reports. It is very good for creating highly-complex reports. I like this solution because when I buy BusinessObjects, it comes with many components, such as reporting, dashboard, and data visualization tools. Its performance is good. It is running on top of SAP BW and SAP HANA.""It is stable and robust. It has pretty direct integration with SAP ERP. It is easy to use.""The setup is pretty easy. It's not hard at all.""If I were to compare it with Power BI and I wanted to build proper well-formatted reports, BusinessObjects Business Intelligence does that much better. Power BI is just getting into that space. They've concentrated more on visualization, which is what the SAP Lumira does. With Web Intelligence, you are able to build reports that users can interact with. They can also do a lot of querying themselves. It is robust in terms of security and integration. It is also quite scalable.""SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is definitely scalable.""To share a metadata service layer, you don't need to add a user or write a SQL query. Instead, you can present a raw database to your end user."

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"The integration features could be more interesting, more involved.""Some of the error messages that we receive are too vague, saying things like "unknown exception", and these should be improved to make it easier for developers to debug problems.""It should have more compatible and more advanced visualization and machine learning libraries.""The solution could be improved by integrating it with data packets. Right now, the load tables provide a function, like team collaboration. Still, it's unclear as to if there's a function to create different branches and/or more branches. Our team had used data packets before, however, I feel it's difficult to integrate the current with the previous data packets.""It would be very helpful if Databricks could integrate with platforms in addition to Azure.""Databricks is an analytics platform. It should offer more data science. It should have more features for data scientists to work with.""Pricing is one of the things that could be improved.""The product needs samples and templates to help invite users to see results and understand what the product can do."

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"This solution is complex to configure and administer.""The self-service area, or dashboard, needs some improvement. While the reporting itself is great, the dashboard and Analytics Cloud are not user friendly.""Its data visualization tool is not as good as Power BI and Tableau. Currently, for data visualization, you need to spend more money to buy another solution such as Power BI or Tableau. It is also very hard to integrate it with other third-party solutions. Its integration with other solutions should be improved.""Its price should be better. It is expensive and not cost-effective. It should also be improved in terms of end-user experience. It requires further improvements for usability and ease of use. It should have more dashboarding metrics and much faster integration with ERP so that when you double click, you can instantly see the scenario-based result.""The UI could be updated a bit.""I don't like the fact that I have to use two tools. Web Intelligence is good for reporting and all kinds of stuff, but I would rather have one product. All the reporting features of Web Intelligence should be developed within Lumira. A lot of predictive abilities have been brought into the cloud version of SAP Analytics. It would be nice to see a lot of newer technologies and AI. Predictive capabilities are becoming a little more standard. Instead of having to get another model, we are just looking for one solution to deal with analytics including predictive.""There should be more integration with other platforms.""The solution could be less expensive. It's a bit pricey now."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Whenever we want to find the actual costing, we have to send an email to Databricks, so having the information available on the internet would be helpful.""I do not exactly know the costs, but one of our clients pays between $100 USD and $200 USD monthly.""Licensing on site I would counsel against, as on-site hardware issues tend to really delay and slow down delivery.""We find Databricks to be very expensive, although this improved when we found out how to shut it down at night.""The pricing depends on the usage itself.""I am based in South Africa, where it is expensive adapting to the cloud, and then there is the price for the tool itself.""The price is okay. It's competitive.""Databricks uses a price-per-use model, where you can use as much compute as you need."

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"Its price is fair.""It is not cost-effective. It is expensive.""I have always found SAP BI to be expensive. It is expensive even when you compare SAP BI Cloud with Microsoft Power BI. Power BI is probably around $9.99 per month, and the cheapest SAP BI is around $20, which is double. In terms of price, Power BI is definitely a lot better. If you have budget issues, you may want to go for Power BI.""We purchase licenses through Epic. So, we get an Epic price as opposed to the SAP price. If we were going to use other products like Webby that they offer or exclusively use BI Launch Pad, it would cost a lot because half of our employees would touch it in some fashion. So, we use Epic-Crystal integration to keep the licensing cost down. I believe the BI Launch Pad licensing is something like $800 for each, and the Crystal Report licensing is something like $500 for each, but that's not what we pay."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty easy.
Top Answer: I can't speak on pricing of the solution. It's not an aspect of the solution I deal with directly.
Top Answer: The product is quite ambitious. It's trying to become a centralized platform for all data ingestion, transformation, and analytics needs. It may encounter a stiff competition from best of breed… more »
Top Answer: There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
Top Answer: If doing a technical comparison, Lumira (SAP's visual tool) isn't bad but the market share in this space is going to Tableau and Qlik both of which are strong in the visual side of BI. Most Business… more »
Top Answer: The reporting features the solution offers are excellent.
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Also Known As
Databricks Unified Analytics, Databricks Unified Analytics Platform, Redash
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects
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Overview

Databricks creates a Unified Analytics Platform that accelerates innovation by unifying data science, engineering, and business. It utilizes Apache Spark to help clients with cloud-based big data processing. It puts Spark on “autopilot” to significantly reduce operational complexity and management cost. The Databricks I/O module (DBIO) improves the read and write performance of Apache Spark in the cloud. An increase in productivity is ensured through Databricks’ collaborative workplace.

The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence (BI) platform is a flexible, scalable information infrastructure that helps you more easily discover and share insights for better business decisions. The integrated, unified infrastructure enables scalability from one to many tools and interfaces on premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.

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Sample Customers
Elsevier, MyFitnessPal, Sharethrough, Automatic Labs, Celtra, Radius Intelligence, Yesware
SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm20%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
Consumer Goods Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm8%
Media Company6%
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Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company11%
Consumer Goods Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise67%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise53%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise74%
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Databricks is ranked 2nd in Data Science Platforms with 24 reviews while SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is ranked 5th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 14 reviews. Databricks is rated 8.0, while SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Databricks writes "Has a good feature set but it needs samples and templates to help invite users to see results". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform writes "Once you are stable on a BusinessObjects release, it is worth staying there for a while". Databricks is most compared with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio, Amazon SageMaker, Azure Stream Analytics, Alteryx and Dataiku Data Science Studio, whereas SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is most compared with Microsoft BI, SAP Analytics Cloud, Oracle OBIEE and MicroStrategy.

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