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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…
Johan Bornman
Real User
Snr DBA at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the product are the column structure, speed, and compression. Partitioning is one of the most useful features with SAP IQ. It was something that they used to charge a lot… more»

What needs improvement?

Actually, it is not the product that needs revision but the company itself. Sybase IQ was bought by SAP. They use it, but they don't really advertise and push it correctly. So SAP IQ — from a company… more»

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

Pricing changes. In South Africa, it depends on how the pricing is obtained. The pricing is good and it is actually better now because they are realizing that they should price it correctly according… more»

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

Personally, I've explored a lot of solutions. While it may not have been specifically for where I am working now, I stay aware of what is on the market. It only affects the current solution in that I… more»

What other advice do I have?

In rating the product, I would give it at least an 8 out of ten. The only thing really needed to make it a ten out of ten for us and our usage is better support from the vendor. Well, I say better… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Being in this business for a long time — now as a data architect — I've had the opportunity to use a few solutions and there are many more to research. There is a long list of products that I've… more»
Consultant
SAP Consultant at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 30 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very fast.

What needs improvement?

The backup solution and time machine should be more accurate, reliable, and comfortable to use. The inclusion of a well-performing Time Machine is vital. If the interface were more comfortable and easy to use then it would be excellent. Sometimes, an incorrect request is taken to production and it… more»

What other advice do I have?

We do not use the HANA features, for example, embedded scripts. This is something that we may use in the future. My advice to anybody looking to implement a relational database is to use Oracle, rather than HANA. HANA consultants are very rare and therefore costly. My testing has also shown that… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have more than nineteen years of experience with the Oracle database, from version 7.2 through to RAC. I know the administration, as well as backup and recovery very well. There are not many differences between Oracle and HANA. As an example, for transactional purposes, it is very similar to… more»
Real User
Projektmanager Logistik/SCM at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The capacity planning, which is useful to see what has been planned and the time that is needed. It is also easy to shift plans or production planning. It provides one overview.

What needs improvement?

It needs to incorporate the new features from the SAP S/4HANA release, such as, utilizing data processes, which is quite nice. Also, SAP S/4HANA has a good visualization feature that should be added to this product.

What other advice do I have?

Check what features you need, which features the solution solves, and look at features are already in the product. When selecting a vendor, look at the pricing, as well as the support and their knowledge.
TestManager9901
Real User
Test Manager (global) at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 28 2019

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, the speed is not as good as we thought it would be. That is why we are trying different solutions that will be built with different technologies. Also, the cost is an issue. SAP HANA is extremely expensive, especially in the cloud. Right now that has changed because you can actually purchase modules of that size but, for example, two years ago when we had a database of 10 terabytes, then we would have to purchase the hardware on our own and then put it in the cloud foreign location of the vendor. It runs on our own software that we have purchased. It's just placed in… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're moving away from HANA and currently implementing a new solution which is not yet productive. Only the first part of it has become productive and I can't really say whether it's better or worse. During testing, we can see it's faster than HANA and provides the same data which is promising. I would restrain myself from providing any recommendations because that might give a false impression. I would not recommend SAP HANA because it has some issues with the speed and scalability of the size. It's also extremely expensive. It's probably the most expensive solution of all and you could… more»

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SAP Questions

Nurit Sherman
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
May 30 2019
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is SAP HANA vs SQL Server. One user says about SAP HANA, "[It] provides us with predictive capabilities for asset maintenance and real-time forecasts." Another user says about SQL Server, "While it didn’t have all the abilities of a true… more»
Bruce GreeffThe two are not really directly comparable. HANA DB is designed to run… more»
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