SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Overview

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Business Intelligence Tools. It is most often compared to SAP Analytics Cloud: SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs SAP Analytics Cloud

What is SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform?

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.

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is also known as SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects.

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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Customers

SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.

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Paul Grill
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 29, 2020
Once you are stable on a BusinessObjects release, it is worth staying there for a while
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 staying…
Paul Grill
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 30, 2020
Using Xcelsius dashboard instead of Qlikview
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 rigid, limiting and unexciting it was…
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Paul Kellett
BI Practioner - Consultant at KIS Ltd
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 2, 2020
Good reporting and promotes a common view of information across the organisation

What is our primary use case?

I have several use cases, generally in more complex environments. These are typically corporate, requiring functionality such as strong data security, bursting, metadata-based support, scalability, fault tolerance, load balancing, support for high volume, breadth of functionality in one set of products, etc. It has been used in Retail, Construction, Banks, and Insurance organisations. It works well for organisations where a structured, common, and more disciplined view of larger, more complex information is required. This is generally with more complex and multiple source systems with larger… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The common metadata environment means that the entire organisation has the same definition of core measures rather than these being derived in spreadsheets or specific reports."
  • "This solution is complex to configure and administer."

What other advice do I have?

I am a great believe in choosing a commercially successful product rather than technical best of breed as there is nothing worse than having an 'orphan' product. That being a product that is poorly supported, does not have a development path and limited availability of expertise. Business Objects is a commercially successful product and despite SAP's poor management of the product is likely to continue to be so.
reviewer1312164
Business Intelligence Functional Manager BU SAP at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
MSP
Nov 1, 2020
Easy to manage with good features for broadcasting information or scheduling reports

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's user security is extremely effective. You can profile very well. All the users and all the functionality is protected and that includes information and data segregation."
  • "The self-service area, or dashboard, needs some improvement. While the reporting itself is great, the dashboard and Analytics Cloud are not user friendly."

What other advice do I have?

We are working with an older version also well as the latest version of the solution. I would recommend this product to other organizations. It's a stable and powerful enterprise solution. Everything from the broadcasting to the scheduling, to the user management and the reporting, is very powerful. 90% of customers end up asking for a solid and consistent reporting solution. In these cases, I definitely suggest SAP Business Objects Platform. That said, the dashboard isn't the best with this product. It should be noted that SAP is working on their dashboards offerings in Cloud environment…
BIAnalyt2dd4
BI | Analytics | Insights | Leadership | Digital | Visualization Composer| Strategy | Design Language | BI Rehab
Real User
May 12, 2019
A solid, stable solution that when purchased in its full scope puts EVERY other Bi tool to shame

What is our primary use case?

I call it a big boys toy due to costs involved for full, not large, scale deployments. Due to SAP gobling up a multitude of products over the year, the integration issues have mostly all been resolved now and its mature platform whereby all the others are still playing catchup.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is solid and stable."
  • "Over the years, the product tends to rename and rebrand itself and change its direction. This is a deficit of the solution."

What other advice do I have?

I advise someone considering this solution: Go big or go home!
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