SAP Analytics Cloud Questions

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about SAP Analytics Cloud?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SAP Analytics Cloud.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SAP Analytics Cloud, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Business Intelligence (BI) Tools Questions
CSRA at General Dynamics
Jan 25 2021

Currently, I am using SAP BO Enterprise and running on Oracle.

I'm looking for a much less expensive solution. It's not enough to use MS SQL instead of Oracle. 

I'm still profiling the SAP BOE implementation, but would like to head towards a DWH implementation that users can report off. Various users have mentioned in passing: PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau. 

At this point, the only solid knowledge I have is that management want to get rid of SAP and Oracle.

Any recommendations?

Zhan Geng
Chief Technology Officer at ECMS
Dec 11 2020

I'm looking for a Business Intelligence solution that's not so heavy - mostly reporting with drill up/down/across functions, dashboard, chat... can anyone suggest a good option?

reviewer1091745I've worked on Power BI and OBIEE. I mostly prefer OBIEE, as it has an overall… more »
Subrata MaityThere are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or… more »
Susheel AIt depends on the Data architecture and the complexity of your requirement. Some… more »
IT Central Station
Dec 10 2020

What types of insights do businesses gain from BAM as opposed to BI?

reviewer1208820BAM is a great way to look at daily production of your business in real time… more »
David PiechBusiness Application Monitoring usually involves measurement and monitoring of… more »
Jorge BarrosoThe difference between BAM and BI mainly recides in the way that the information… more »
Solution Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

Hello Experts,

I am working as a Solution Architect at a global enterprise tech vendor.

I have 2 RPD files, a.rpd and b.rpd. I need to switch between these 2 RPDs on the same server and through the same OBIEE tool.

Do I need to deploy both RPD files on the server to switch between these two through the same OBIEE tool?

As per my own attempt, I can open both RPD files through Administration (obiee tool) : File --> Open-->Offline and without any deployment.

Is it mandatory to deploy both RPD at server to open it online?

I guess I need to define 2 different ODBC system data sources for my repositories after deployment.


Pierre-Paul Haineault

I am researching BI tools in the Oracle world.

Which would you recommend and why?

Thanks! I appreciate the help.


Russell RothsteinThere's OBIEE, have you ruled that out? Seems like it is not highly rated based… more »
Ram ChittaPower BI..Cost Effective, Self Service BI, Highly Graphical, Cloud Ready… more »
Goran CekolI would definitely recommend IBM Cognos. I have worked with many BI solutions… more »
Menachem D Pritzker
Director of Growth
IT Central Station

Which BI tools are the best out of the box for basic calculations that all SaaS businesses need to track to survive?

Are some tools better for startups vs enterprise?

MahalingamShanmugamLooker, Domo, Sisense, Tableau, and Power BI are tools are good for enterprise… more »
ChunqiangGongI think Qlik is strong at data processing and has a high performance within a… more »
Patrick MyreholtTIBCO Jaspersoft
Nurit Sherman
Content Specialist
IT Central Station

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is SAS Visual Analytics vs Tableau

Which of these two solutions would you recommend and why?



it_user653898Selection of a tool depends on your tech environment and the intended use of the… more »
it_user802398I have more experience with SAS VA not with Tableau. Weak points and strengths… more »
it_user97749From my perspective, SAS is very rich but its origin lies in the programming… more »
Senior HR Analyst at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 04 2021

Our HR workforce analytics and process management team have been using Tableau desktop for over a year and found a great deal of benefit from its various features. Our teams deal with a lot of MS Excel and Access files but also have to push data out of key HRIS systems like Workday into Tableau since there is no existing driver connection currently. Now that we are pursuing Tableau server so managers can utilize the dynamic reporting our IT department is concerned since they've invested heavily into Business Objects (with limited use in the company) and we now have to justify going with Tableau Server vs. using Business Objects. Our HR team requires very quick turn around on reports and metrics with strong reporting visualization. Our workforce analytics handles a lot of predictive analytics/forecasting. Ideally we hoped using Tableau would actually free up IT resources to other larger priorities instead of managing change requests on reports consistently. In our opinion based on all of this, including low cost for implementation (under $60k incl. hardware) and low annual maintenance (under $10k) for 30 licenses that Tableau seems to be the clear route to go but I'd like to get some input from others.

So I'd like to ask users out there who are familiar with both systems to provide feedback on what they think a better option might be and any pros/cons when matching up the two systems.  Thanks!

reviewer1449702Both tools have their positives and negatives. First, I should mention that I am… more »
Paul GrillSince at least 45% of BusinessObjects customers in North America also use… more »
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station

Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!

it_user354258Total cost of ownership is often overlooked during BI product selection. Cheap… more »
it_user17526I believe you have to match product capabilities to company BI strategy first… more »
it_user124860Most folks tend to think of UI and the flashy, sexy stuff. However, experience… more »