SAP Analytics Cloud Competitors and Alternatives

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Marnus Louw
Real User
Production Support Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The stories have really been helpful in looking at specific scenarios and analyzing trends over periods of time. We work with a lot of financial metrics and being able to track performance over time is imperative.

How has it helped my organization?

It supports better decision-making across organization. Real-time data makes for a single version of the truth. This helps teams work together and effectively analyse trends and performance metrics.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Microsoft and Tableau are market leaders in my opinion. They have more advanced features and more depth in the stories' functionality, for example. We need to know that we are using the latest and greatest, and SAP appears as if it has lost some credibility in the market.
VaishnavBsa
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 05 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the modules that we used to have separately in our on-premises solution are now integrated into one platform. The quality of reports for the users is very good. The Application Designer is a good tool.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see reporting to the Analytics cloud directly. As it is now, we can integrate text reports in Analytics Cloud, but every time we create a model then we have to design the reports. It is taking a long time because we have… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to this solution, we were using Business Objects. We were more acquainted with the WEBI tool and Crystal Reports, and have now moved to the Analytics Cloud. We switched because, in the future, SAP Cloud is going to support export to… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is thinking about moving out of their standalone system is to implement this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We thought about going with Tableau Cloud. We attended some sessions on SAP Analytics Cloud and learned about the integration with HANA, and we felt that it would be very good so we chose it.
UttpeshVyas
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The visualizations are quite eye-appealing. The Smart Predict, Smart Insights, and Smart Discovery predictive analysis features are quite good.

How has it helped my organization?

Our clients do not have knowledge of business analytics, so we assist them by implementing this solution for them. Our customers are made up of medium-sized companies with fewer than one hundred… more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the standard visualizations, such as a speedometer or a goal chart, are not there and should be added. These are available in other solutions like R, but with SAP you need to have R code… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also worked with SAP BusinessObjects and QlikView.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of this solution depends on several things including use case, budget, and licensing costs. Tableau will do the same thing as this solution. If cost is not a problem and you want to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The same things can be done using Tableau.
VishalGuthula
Consultant
Sr. Software Engineer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the visualization and user-friendliness. It's like a self-service platform. If the connectivity is good then anyone can log in and use it.

What needs improvement?

We are currently working on connectivity with S/4HANA, but we would like to have better connectivity with our legacy systems. If they improve third-party connectivity then it would be great for us. No company has SAP alone; they have multiple databases and multiple technologies. The ability to… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am using SAP BusinessObjects in addition to this solution. It has some advantages in terms of additional tools and reporting, which is why we cannot switch at this time.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to first look at the connectivity that is required. Second, look at the functionality and the visuality that you are going to need. If you are looking at simple things, like traditional visualization, then this solution is good to go… more»
RanjitShekdar
Real User
Project Manager at Infrabeat Technologies Pvt Ltd
Dec 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The ease of use of the solution is its most valuable feature. We haven't tried all of the features yet. The graphing and the ease of using the analytics tools have been great. It's all drag and drop; you don't need to code anything.

What needs improvement?

Improvement-wise, it would be great if there were more analytics features in the time series. Having an accessible, easier time series or trying to incorporate more analytics products like ARIMA would be a good addition. Statistical… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There's not too much awareness of SAP except for SAP HANA. Many companies have invested in Tableau or Click, but if the pricing was better, this solution might become more popular.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've used Tableau and R in the past. I've also worked with SAS a bit and Python coding among others. When I came to the company, they were using the solution.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a consultant as well as a user of the solution. We're a small team that does work for our clients. If our clients want analytics done, we use the solution to work on their data. Our team is about 15 people. Our clients are typically… more»
AbdulRasool
Real User
Senior Practice Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The filtering options are useful. The user interface is quite good for developing reports out of models.

What needs improvement?

There is no direct connector from SAP to Redshift, so we are required to use a third-party product that was recommended by SAP. Going forward, we would like to use connectors that are developed by SAP directly and do not require us to pay… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For analytics, I have been working with SAP for the past twenty years. I have used the on-premises solution of business intelligence.

What other advice do I have?

We are trying to get the reports out of AWS Redshift. We are consolidating all of our data in the Amazon Data Lake, and we have it in AWS S3. It is from there that we are pushing to Redshift, but we had a challenge because there is no… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also recently tried Tableau and they are also pretty good. I do not find much difference between them. It is, however, the choice of the customer. Some people like the Tableau reporting, whereas others like the SAC reporting, and it… more»
Real User
Sr. Specialist at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 29 2019

What is most valuable?

One feature I've found most valuable is Discovery. It is a logistics tool that will place the dashboard for you on the fly. For example, if you select a country, it will give the entire picture of where a product is high and where it is low. Another feature is peak capabilities in the applications… more»

What needs improvement?

Now, improvements are coming quarterly whereas previously it was on a monthly basis. Even with this, it is still a market leader.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have previously used Tableau.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I'd give SAP Analytics Cloud an eight.
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