SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. SAS Visual Analytics

As of February 2019, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is ranked 8th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 20 reviews vs SAS Visual Analytics which is ranked 17th in Business Intelligence (BI) Tools with 3 reviews. 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". The top reviewer of SAS Visual Analytics writes "the best tool for insightful and analytical dashboard development and reporting". SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau and Oracle OBIEE. SAS Visual Analytics is most compared with Tableau, Microsoft BI and QlikView. See our SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. SAS Visual Analytics report.
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Pros
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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Quick deployment to dashboards and analytics features (using SAS Visual Statistics and Enterprise Guide). Easy to create a simple forecast and discover business insights using segmentation tools.Simplifies report designs and quickly displays tables and graphs.The speed to display charts and react to users' choices is great.The alert generation feature also helps in sending out ad hoc messages to the business users if business thresholds have been crossed.

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Cons
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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Better connectivity with other data origins, better visualization, and the ability to create KPIs directly would all help.There are scalability issues. It depends on the data volume and number of end-users. VA requires a lot of hardware resources to move volumes of data.The charts and tables could use better sorting, primarily using other variables than the ones on the figure. If they could implement views like in the older version (previous to Viya), it would be very nice.Colours used on report objects

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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Licensing is simple.

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SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business ObjectsSAS BI
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Overview

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.

SAS Business Intelligence package offers business owners an all-in-one tool for data analysis. It is mainly comprised of analytics software that can handle all of the statistical analysis that a company requires. Functions include mining and managing to fetching important information from a variety of sources and even adapting that information, all for the purpose of analyzing the data for future use.

The SAS Business Intelligence software allows users to handle, understand, and analyze their data in both past and present fields, as well as influence vital factors for future changes. Users can also create and publish reports based on their findings so that others in their field can share the information and input suggestions. The graphic presentation is another benefit that many businesses find useful when presenting their findings to others.

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Sample Customers
SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.Staples, Ausgrid, Scotiabank, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Xcel Energy, and Triad Analytics Solutions.
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company14%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Consumer Goods11%
Manufacturing Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm25%
Government10%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Comms Service Provider7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm20%
Government10%
Transportation Company10%
Professional Training And Coaching Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm29%
University19%
Engineering Company9%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise72%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise63%
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