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Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Feb 26 2018

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects?

It is true that there are often challenges when upgrading between releases of BusinessObjects but this has always been the case as it has been for all the other BI and software application vendors too. A few rules of thumb for BusinessObjects software are: 1. Never upgrade to an x.0 release - always wait for at least the x.1 release and even the first or second service pack of that release 2. Never attempt to perform a release upgrade if you have not done one before. Get training and experience first or use a reputable BO Consulting company 3. Experiment with the new release on a sandbox environment to become familiar with the changes and find any major issues before attempting a migration to production Once you are stable on a BusinessObjects release, it is worth...
Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Jun 23 2017

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects?

SAP just announced the release of the latest update of its BusinessObjects BI suite, namely BI 4.2 SP03, following the first release BI 4.2 SP02 back in March In both announcements, Web Intelligence really stood out in terms of new features and overall significance compared to all the other tools in the suite. On the one hand this should not be a surprise since it is the most popular and widely-used of all the SAP BusinessObjects Analytics tools but, on the other hand over the last few years SAP has focused far more attention on its newer analytics tools.  Web Intelligence is and has always been a Business Intelligence Query, Analysis and Reporting tool. The latest functionality additions emphasize that and to call it just a reporting tool...
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Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Sep 20 2016

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects?

When I first started presenting Xcelsius dashboards back in 2006, I said that it should carry a warning sign stating “May Cause Xtreme Xcitement”! Despite all the advances in technology and tools over the last decade that statement not only remains true today, but maybe should be changed to “Will Cause Xtreme Xcitement”. In the last month, I have both seen and heard stories from companies singing the praises of Xcelsius and hailing it as the savior of BI user adoption in their organizations. A company specializing in reporting and analysis of employee business travel was looking for a client facing BI application that would help sell their solution. The client showed me their current solution running in Qlikview bemoaning how...
Real User
Senior Business Intelligence Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Feb 27 2018

What is most valuable?

Depends on the use case. The 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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, customers - both internal and external - were crying for data towards the end or the beginning of month, for month-end reporting. Through the use of Business Intelligence reporting and scheduling features, these reports are... more»

What needs improvement?

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.
Real User
IS/IT program manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The SAP BusinessObjects product suite is made of different products. This review refers to the Web Intelligence product. The user friendliness of the interface enables non-IT-literate persons to create their own queries without need SQL... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives power to the user, who can create his/her own queries without needing IT services, therefore leading to savings. However, it must be noted that the semantic layer (Universe) must be built carefully by IT staff with the full... more»

What needs improvement?

Since I started using BO, the desktop version gave way to the web version. The beginning of the web version (Web Intelligence) was a little bit chaotic, with some key functionalities present in the desktop version forgotten in the web version... more»
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What is SAP BusinessObjects?

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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