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2018-07-25T07:31:00Z

What needs improvement with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform?

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Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Top 20Real User

In terms of what could be improved, it would be good if they could integrate the possibility for end users to create end models for themselves that they can use, especially for site operators, and if they could provide the end user not only the self-service BI, but also the self-service analytics, based on a predefined model, the same way that Oracle did (I manage Oracle, as well), because I like that feature with Oracle. I would like them to implement analytics the same as Oracle does and have the machine learning model within their Web Intelligence.

2021-09-10T17:50:00Z
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Real User

According to our experience, SAP BO is too heavy and very difficult for customers with medium, or smaller-sized businesses to install and maintain. It is such a heavy reporting tool. Even though they provide the business layer, it's difficult for the programmer to create their own business layer. It's too complex for them. They need to simplify this. The user interface should be easier to use and navigate. The initial setup is difficult. Technical support could be more responsive.

2021-07-13T12:35:37Z
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Top 20Real User

We are not on the latest patch, the latest version. There are different pain points, such as data loading or inventory issues. It can take a lot of time to load. The solution could be less expensive. It's a bit pricey now.

2021-05-21T14:38:14Z
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Top 20Real User

Their WebGUI presentation layer could be improved. They are still a little bit behind, for example, Tableau and QlikView.

2021-03-16T23:02:24Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't like the fact that I have to use two tools. Web Intelligence is good for reporting and all kinds of stuff, but I would rather have one product. All the reporting features of Web Intelligence should be developed within Lumira. A lot of predictive abilities have been brought into the cloud version of SAP Analytics. It would be nice to see a lot of newer technologies and AI. Predictive capabilities are becoming a little more standard. Instead of having to get another model, we are just looking for one solution to deal with analytics including predictive.

2021-03-03T04:12:13Z
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Top 10LeaderboardReal User

The basic components of the solution could be improved. The UI could be updated a bit. I can't think of any features that are currently missing from the product at this time.

2021-02-10T07:21:12Z
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Top 20Real User

Its price should be better. It is expensive and not cost-effective. It should also be improved in terms of end-user experience. It requires further improvements for usability and ease of use. It should have more dashboarding metrics and much faster integration with ERP so that when you double click, you can instantly see the scenario-based result.

2021-02-02T17:51:16Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Its data visualization tool is not as good as Power BI and Tableau. Currently, for data visualization, you need to spend more money to buy another solution such as Power BI or Tableau. It is also very hard to integrate it with other third-party solutions. Its integration with other solutions should be improved.

2021-01-27T16:57:15Z
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The self-service area, or dashboard, needs some improvement. While the reporting itself is great, the dashboard and Analytics Cloud are not so user friendly. SAP's current strategy consists in keeping the reporting part On premise and delegating the Analytics part to the Cloud. You are therefore involved in a hybrid scenario. The complete environment setup is pretty complex. To carry out a real project that presents erp / business data on "Cloud Story Telling" you need more specialist actors who manage issues such as: Analytics and Data architecture, Data source identification, System Compatibility, Connectivity and Security. These aspects are certainly also required on other vendor BI solutions. On the SAP front, we are certainly trying to improve and complete the On Premise / Cloud integration, with the latest version SAP BO 4.3.

2020-10-27T17:56:19Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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.

2019-12-27T05:39:00Z
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Real User

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

2018-12-10T08:29:00Z
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Vendor

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

2018-08-15T07:13:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-07-25T07:31:00Z
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