SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Room for Improvement

Paul Kellett
BI Practioner - Consultant with 11-50 employees
This solution is complex to configure and administer. It is even more so, I believe, than it should be, even with such a complex product. As an example it has many server processes (typically 15+). In Windows these are not services rather they are individual processes managed via a single service called the SIA. Each server process can be separately configured and performs a specific set of functions It uses Java constructions for specific customisations such as default reporting formats and using SSL for burst email reports. This requires a broad set of skills to set-up. It is rather cryptic in its error handling when there are issues that require trawling through a number of voluminous log files that are accessed from the server. View full review »
David Hudgins
Senior Business Intelligence Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
it_user591984
Manager at a Consumer Goods with 501-1,000 employees
The combination of Lumira along with Design Studio merger last year still needs development from a visualization standpoint. View full review »
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TeamLd3401
Team Leader at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
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, to show more metadata, and access a data dictionary directly from the tool. Also, a user should see data lineage, because we have found out that the abstraction being done in the Universes is sometimes too much for the more specific kind of users. They want to see the origin of the data. View full review »
BIAnalyt2dd4
BI | Analytics | Insights | Leadership | Digital | Visualization Composer| Strategy | Design Language | BI Rehab
Over the years, the product tends to rename and rebrand itself and change its direction. This is a deficit of the solution. View full review »
reviewer543585
Technical Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 product either. View full review »
Amanda Zhou
Senior Business Analyst, Big data at a manufacturing company
It should have a better integration with Excel. Currently, we can use Explore to do data discovering, but cannot generate charts. View full review »
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