Pentaho vs SAP BusinessObjects

Pentaho is ranked 14th in Business Intelligence Tools with 4 reviews vs SAP BusinessObjects which is ranked 7th in Business Intelligence Tools with 23 reviews. The top reviewer of Pentaho writes "Helps us build decision supported systems". The top reviewer of SAP BusinessObjects writes "Once you are stable on a BusinessObjects release, it is worth staying there for a while". Pentaho is most compared with Knowage, Tableau and Microsoft BI. SAP BusinessObjects is most compared with Tableau, Oracle OBIEE and Microsoft BI. See our Pentaho vs SAP BusinessObjects report.
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Pros
Easy to use components to create the job.I use the BI Server, CDE Dashboards, Saiku, and Kettle, because these tools are very good and highly experienced.

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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.​Provides autonomy for all the business users to develop their own reports.​

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Cons
Logging capability is needed.Version control would be a good addition.Pentaho, at the general level, should greatly improve the easy construction of its dashboards and easy integration of information from different sources without technical user intervention.

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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.The calculation engine requires some improvement.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Free and commercial versions are available.

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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
Also Known AsPentaho Business Analytics, KettleBusiness Objects
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Overview
Overview

Pentaho is an open source business intelligence company that provides a wide range of tools to help their customers better manage their businesses. These tools include data integration software, mining tools, dashboard applications, online analytical processing options, and more.

Pentaho has two product categories: There is the standard enterprise version. This is the product that comes directly from Pentaho itself with all of the benefits, features, and programs that come along with a paid application such us analysis services, dashboard design, and interactive reporting.

The alternative is an open source version, which the public is permitted to add to and tweak the product. This solution has its advantages, aside from the fact that it is free, in that there are many more people working on the project to improve its quality and breadth of functionality.

BusinessObjects is SAP's Business Intelligence solution, which is comprised of a number of different solution modules. BusinessObjects puts reliable, real-time and relevant business information at your fingertips, enabling you to have clearer insight into your business and helping you make informed and quick business decisions.

BusinessObjects is deployed simply and cost-effectively, making optimal use of existing IT resources and infrastructure.

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Sample Customers
Sample Customers Cargo 2000 Lufthansa, Marketo, ModCloth, Cardiac Science, Telefonica, ExactTarget, Active Broadband Networks, and Brussels Airport. SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm
15%
Software R&D Company
15%
Construction Company
8%
Marketing Services Firm
8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
12%
Manufacturing Company
7%
University
7%
Transportation Company
6%
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Energy/Utilities Company
15%
Healthcare Company
15%
Consumer Goods
11%
Transportation Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
19%
Healthcare Company
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Energy/Utilities Company
7%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
47%
Midsize Enterprise
20%
Large Enterprise
33%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
18%
Midsize Enterprise
31%
Large Enterprise
51%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
31%
Midsize Enterprise
20%
Large Enterprise
49%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
15%
Midsize Enterprise
18%
Large Enterprise
67%
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