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Paul Grill
Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Jul 26 2018

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...
Paul Grill
Real User
President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Sep 24 2018

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...
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Paul Grill
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President & CEO at Infosol Inc
Jun 23 2017

What do you think of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform?

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...
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... 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,... more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest area for improvement would be the dashboarding capabilities due to the recent change from Xcelsius to... 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.... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We previously used SQL Server Reporting Services because it was included with Microsoft Server and it was free. The... 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... more»
it_user101874
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... 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... 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... more»

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

I cannot give any advice on this, as I am not involved at all in this issue, but depending on the licensing model used, this product can be... more»

What other advice do I have?

The reporting tool is easy to use and implement. Overall, you should consider how this tool is going to be implemented in your organization, and... more»
Don Meldrum
Real User
Business Intelligence Applications Team Leader at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 24 2017

What is most valuable?

It allows the analysis of business data and enables decisions based on the analysis. I found the SAP suite of products... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gets people off Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and sharing the same reports/dashboards, so departments receive the... more»

What needs improvement?

More thorough testing of Service Packs before release.

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

Make sure you factor in plenty of time for regression testing as the way SAP release Service packs these days there is... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn’t have a previous solution. We have pretty much been an SAP BI shop for a long time.

What other advice do I have?

Check the number of intended users and which part of BI you are intending to introduce (reporting, analytics, etc.).... more»
Texasrodg
Real User
SAP Business Objects Architect at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Mar 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of report development is a key feature. Also, installation is largely automated. The nicest part of BOE remains the semantic layer... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because I am primarily an installation and configuration architect working independently through a separate company, the product itself doesn't... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see their data visualization products enhanced and made more robust and easier to implement. Most of the other parts of the tool... more»

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

We are operating in the Electronic Health Record space using Epic and BOE for reporting. Just work with SAP to make sure you have enough... more»

What other advice do I have?

Planning is critical.
Sudipta Mukherjee
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,... 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were not using a previous solution.
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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.

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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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