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Paul Grill
Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Jun 27 2019

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform?

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
Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Jul 26 2019

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform?

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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David Hudgins
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… 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… 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… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used SQL Server Reporting Services because it was included with Microsoft Server and it was free. The reason we switched was because SSRS lacked the ability… more»

What other advice do I have?

Get a partner or consultant to help you configure and customize your deployment. And remember that there's no additional charge for a Development environment license, so… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I reviewed a whole bunch of them, everything under the sun.
Real User
Manager at a Consumer Goods with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 15 2018

What is most valuable?

It will give you better performance if your warehouse is also on SAP Business Warehouse. It gives you a lot of flexibility in designing your dashboards. For example, BusinessObjects Design Studio provides custom templates where you can create your own templates. You can also create your own custom… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We started receiving benefits from SAP BusinessObjects the first week we used it.

What needs improvement?

The combination of Lumira along with Design Studio merger last year still needs development from a visualization standpoint.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were not using a previous solution.
Real User
Team Leader at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 02 2018

How has it helped my organization?

During the first of the 10 years we used it, it was a very valuable reporting product. It really is the only product we have for reporting out of the data warehouse that we have. It has been extremely valuable, to combine data from various data sources.

What needs improvement?

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. In addition, we would definitely like to be able, through the tool… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The company implemented BusinessObjects 10 years ago. At that time, it was the best product on the market. A lot of things have changed in 10 years. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor, if we're talking about a reporting tool, is the ease of use for the end-user as well as… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at who will be your end-user group. Who is going to use the tool? I would rate this solution at seven out of 10. Seen from the administrative and compliance point of view, it's an excellent tool for an enterprise. But I can't give it any more than that because the user interface for the average… more»
Real User
BI | Analytics | Insights | Leadership | Digital | Visualization Composer| Strategy | Design Language | BI Rehab
May 12 2019

What is most valuable?

Ive yet to find a bi tool that can match SAP’s offering, and Ive implemented all of them.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives you end to end view. You can build a dashboard or report and see full lineage even into etl and wrangling layers. Saving is made when you dont have to waste time… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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

Have a big wallet if you want to be serious

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

My career has been filled with green fields projects it bi rehab whereby I would replace a mess with SAP BO

What other advice do I have?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Read gartner to your own detriment
Real User
Technical Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 16 2018

What is most valuable?

It provides good centralized management, and it performs well against our day-to-day solution.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows hundreds of end-users to be able to access business reports and make business decisions based upon them.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We've been using Business Objects for a long time. The last time we did an upgrade from a client version to a browser-based version. When selecting a vendor, the most important criteria are the features of the product, that it is a good fit… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it about nine out of 10 because it performs well. Do a trial. Fully investigate all the ins and outs of the license as well.
Consultant
SAP Business Objects Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The report development tool called SAP Web Intelligence under the BI Launch Pad portal.

How has it helped my organization?

Autonomy for all the business users to develop their own reports.

What needs improvement?

This product could be improved with Cloud Integrations and Predictive Analytics functions integration.

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

It is not an expensive platform. The licensing is for a package of users starting at 10 users. Currently, it has an option of a Cloud Platform (SAP Analytics Cloud) which… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very good product, stable, and has good technical capabilities.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cognos and OBIEE.
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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.

Also known as
SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects
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SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.

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