If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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.
I advise someone considering this solution: Go big or go home!
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 user is not very intuitive. You need too much training before you're able to use the tool effectively.