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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
Feb 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…
CSD174561
Real User
Chief of Systems Development at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the security. We have a very small IT team in our company, so a lot of the maintenance has to be done by the provider. So SAP gives us the maintenance and software… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The best improvement that we have seen using SAP solutions is that it shortens the cycle when creating financial reports. Before we installed SAP solutions, we had to do about 10 days of work to… more»

What needs improvement?

They are not making a big effort to make it easy to integrate solutions from other vendors. It's not easy at all. When you have solutions from other vendors, SAP is not doing a good job integrating… more»

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

We were using an ERP that didn't have a big company behind it. The company started to have financial problems, the stock price went from $200 to about 10 cents. So we thought the solution would no… more»

What other advice do I have?

Check and double-check the fine print of the contract. Also, find a hardware provider that can scale to the volume of your business, and have a hardware provider that already has implemented… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

PeopleSoft was on our shortlist at that time, although today it's Oracle. But they made it very hard for us to go with them because they didn't want to do meetings. They didn't respond to our calls… 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.

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SAP Questions

Rhea Rapps
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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»
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