Microsoft BI vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform

As of February 2019, Microsoft BI is ranked 2nd in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 38 reviews vs SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform which is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 20 reviews. The top reviewer of Microsoft BI writes "The ability to perform complex business modeling through DAX calculations stands out in a crowd". 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". Microsoft BI is most compared with Oracle OBIEE, Tableau and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau and Oracle OBIEE. See our Microsoft BI vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform report.
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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft BI vs. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and other solutions. Updated: January 2019.
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Pros
Because this solution is very easy, and very visual, you can have results in minutes.It is a good platform for data analysis, organization, and all of the other interim performances that are necessary.Tech support is very helpful.My primary use is for view of the dashboard.It ingegrates nicely with Office 365.It is a powerful tool that helps our data analysis processes.It's user-friendly and provides data abstracting capabilities. We are also able to share reports with our colleagues very easily.There is a lot of help and documentation on the Internet, so no special training is needed to use the source code.

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It is solid and stable.It gives you a lot of flexibility in designing your dashboards.We use it to identify critical KPIs to senior management.It has been extremely valuable, to combine data from various data sources.It can process big volumes of data fast.Through the use of Business Intelligence reporting and scheduling features, reports are generated and automatically sent according to a schedule. This has freed up countless hours spent performing the same tasks, month over month.Enables us to present data with Smart Objects that can be embedded within presentations and which automatically update when the presentations are run.Reporting from SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence is amazing, and gives users the ability to quickly access data from existing universes and/or relevant data sources, without the need to involve a functional business analyst or financial analyst.

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Cons
I would like to see a feature that connects with a Machine Learning platform like a RapidMiner or Azure Machine Learning Studio. It would be great to have a Machine Learning application link to connect.It could have more of a hold on big data. Manipulating big data on this solution complicates things. This needs to be improved.We did have some issues building the Microsoft blog.Powerpoints are not available in the report server.The report server feature is quite limited.It would be nice to use other connectors to link with the data.The DAX features need some improvement. It's not as easy as Excel. They need more DAX formulas.The reporting part of Microsoft BI is rather limited compared to other reporting tools.

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Over the years, the product tends to rename and rebrand itself and change its direction. This is a deficit of the solution.The combination of Lumira along with Design Studio merger last year still needs development from a visualization standpoint.SAP BusinessObjects is actually losing popularity within our company because people find the user interface and the way things are set up not to be as easy as many other tools that are on the market, like Qlik and things like that.The admin features for disk space management need work. It's very difficult to manage the disk space by the application; good admin features and not included to allow you to do that. I don't believe that is in the latest version of the product either.Currently, we can use Explore to do data discovering, but cannot generate charts.The biggest area for improvement would be the dashboarding capabilities due to the recent change from Xcelsius to Dashboard Designer. This has created a gigantic ripple in many companies because the skill sets required are drastically different.​This product could be improved with Cloud Integrations and Predictive Analytics functions integration.More thorough testing of Service Packs before release.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is reasonably priced.No comment on pricing.It is a cheap solution for our needs.No comment.It is free.It is part of our Office 365 license.The costs are small and the benefits are high.The Report Server is pretty expensive on-premise. But as long companies are happy to use the cloud version, that's very cost effective.

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Depending on your size, try to stick with SAP BusinessObjects BI Edge. Most people tend to overthink the licensing. Remember that one concurrent user means that one person can be performing a task at a given time. That does not mean that only one user can be on the system at a time, it means that only one person can be refreshing a report or designing a dashboard. There are tons of ways you can access your data or reports without consuming a license. I've seen cases where five concurrent licenses support thousands of users.There's no additional charge for a Development environment license, so build an additional development server.​It is not an expensive platform. The licensing is for a package of users starting at 10 users.It has an option of a Cloud Platform (SAP Analytics Cloud) which has a lower price than the on-premise platform, and you can buy individual licences per user.​Just work with SAP to make sure you have enough licenses but don't go overboard.

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Also Known As
SSRS, SSAS, MSBI, MS BI, MS Reporting Services, Power BI, Microsoft BI Tools, Microsoft Big Data, Power BI ProSAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects
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Overview

Microsoft BI is a business intelligence solution that turns data into insightful and useful business information that is relevant to all levels of the business.

Microsoft BI combines familiar Microsoft tools - Office, SharePoint, and SQL server, with extra features for end-users, such as Power View and Power Pivot. This powerful product gives businesses a competitive advantage by allowing end-users to better analyze their data, collaborate and better present their data.

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
Konica Minolta, Klout, Mahindra Satyam, The Weather Channel, Argus, Credit Suisse, NCR, and Sysmex. SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company19%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm14%
Logistics Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm23%
Healthcare Company11%
University7%
Comms Service Provider6%
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company11%
Consumer Goods11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm25%
Government10%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Comms Service Provider7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise50%
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
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