SAP Business Objects Software


 

With its consolidated approach, SAP Business Objects gives organizations a set of tools to manage and optimize Business Intelligence. From a centralized portal, companies handle everything from ETL and data cleansing to predictive dashboards and a variety of reports - Crystal Reports, OLAP, and ad hoc. SAP Business Objects provides solutions for medium to large enterprises, and is configurable to a number of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, financial services, and nonprofits.

Users are able to mine, analyze and report information from most data sources and present in a number of formats both internally and externally. SAP Business Objects Mobile gives users access to reports, metrics and other data from smartphones and connected mobile devices. The Business Objects platform uses a common semantic layer, avoiding report duplication and ensuring data is accurate and consistent across the organization. The solution can also be integrated with other enterprise solutions, including Salesforce and Microsoft Office.

 

SAP Business Objects
 
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Brad from SuccessLink
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Non Profits

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Pros

It's highly scalable and flexible. We use it to track participants in youth serving agencies. We use it to connect many databases together. It's the best tool we've found in almost 20 years.

Cons

The only drawback is not the software itself, but rather training. We use it in a fairly non-traditional way, but I struggle to find training that is appropriate for our needs.

 
 

Josh from AT&T
Specialty: Telecommunications
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2017

March 2017

Awesome product

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Sap business objects is a great product, i would recommend to anyone looking for a reporting solution

Pros

Easy to use with a wide array of features

Cons

Cost

 
 

Neelam from L&T
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

It is a great software. Very useful and is customer friendly. Meets the need.

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Value for Money

Pros

Modules can be designed as needed. Reports that extracted can meet the requirement and hence makes it more useful.

Cons

it is a little complex, specially while dealing with data management.
not flexible with data input methods or formats

 
 

Harkiran from JPI
Specialty: Real Estate
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

January 2017

January 2017

SAP business objects

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I am using SAP business objects at my current position for report creation and adjacent data queries and for simple data dumps

Pros

It's easy to use, the cost is less as compared to tableau or other BI products in the market and customer care is good.

Cons

You need to maintain universe layer to talk to the database, it does not talk to databases directly. If you have to add a new field in the report from the database then you have to add that particular field in universe layer which is added headache.
If you have to create a report by using data from multiple data sources then you have to create detail variable, which is again a mess!!!
Also, visualization wise it is pathetic because I have checked tableau. Usually, I use excel to do my visualization and presentation because it's better than business objects
Also, you cannot use it for predictive analysis.

Advice to Others

If you are looking for a product just to create simple monthly or yearly reports for small department then sap is good but if you want to do more with the data then look for other products in the market.

 
 

boaty from acme
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Great Software

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

SAP BPC is an easy to use tool for reporting.Data can be easily loaded and then regular excel features can be used to run reports.

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

Advice to Others

Great product for complex scenarios

 
 

Albano from IBM
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

November 2016

November 2016

Business Object the best BI visualization tools

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Value for Money

In a previous experience working with a consulting company for seven years, we delivery Business Objects in differentes companies.

I think is a very complete BI suite, with a extense range of tools for extract, modeling and analyze data. The potential benefits of business Objects programs include accelerating and improving decision making; optimizing internal business processes and increasing operational efficiency

Pros

It's a very robust tool
Very easy to use.
It´s a very intuitive tool

Cons

Support is really weak.
Tool is little expensive.

 
 

Tyler from Meriwest Credit Union
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2016

October 2016

SAP Business Objects

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I find Business Objects to be an extremely useful tool to organize, display and share useful data throughout the company. My current and past employer both use the the enterprise reporting tool and have been for quite sometime. It is very end user friendly as well as super user friendly whenever edits need to be made or errors need to be fixed. This product has been around for a while and has constantly been updated with better improvements over time. All the data can be manipulated through queries or a drag and drop method for those who aren't as SQL savvy.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Limited data visualization capabilities

Advice to Others

If you aren't already using a reporting tool, definitely schedule a demo with SAP!

 
 

Ben from Day & Zimmermann
Specialty: Energy & Utilities

September 2016

September 2016

SAP Business Objects Helping Us Gain Visibility and Transparency

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Value for Money

Likes Best

In my opinion, not all SAP BO offerings are equal, but several are very useful. The offerings we have chosen to utilize will, without doubt, help us to transform our business.

The offerings I find most useful for helping our field personnel and leadership get a better understanding of their environment are Lumira, Crystal Reports, Information Design Tool and HANA Studio. The Implementation of HANA is critical for reaching the next level of performance as well.

SAP has very good customer service and the free education and learning resources are very useful.

Likes Least

As with any new product there are bugs and errors. I have been frustrated at times with the newer software and sometimes even the more mature software can be frustrating.

Recommendations

- Take advantage of the learning resources to limit the learning curve.
- Be sure to FULLY understand each offering's value before deciding to adopt it.
- Get HANA implemented and start using it! Compared to the previous database architecture .... well .... there really is no comparison!

 
 

Alejandro from Derevo SA de CV
Specialty: Software / Technology

September 2016

September 2016

SAP BO is a Powerful Inteligent solution for your Business.

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Likes Best

SAP is one of the most acepeted BI tools in the market, its suite are design for all company sizes, so it can handle your organization grows, SAP BO allows to connect to a multiple data sources and connect to a different integration points like sharepoint, java, etc.

Likes Least

First of all, this toll is quite expensive, small and medium companies are not capable to spend a lot of money acquiring it and continue paying for supporting cost. Another think I dislike about SAP BO is it require a number of servers so this increment the amount of the spend.

Recommendations

If what you are looking for a software that is stable, well known and proved in the market, safe and Highly scalable and if you can afford it, you will acquire a great tool that will help you increase your prodcutivity.

 
 

Carl from Day & Zimmermann
Specialty: Construction / Contracting

September 2016

September 2016

Powerful Suite for all your BI needs

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Likes Best

The best part of SAP Business Objects is it's powerful suite of tools. You can run Analysis for Office for many end users and they are able to self serve whatever they need. You can build out powerful storyboards with Lumira. You can also create standardized formatted reporting with Crystal Reports. That doesn't even touch on Design Studio, which can also be a powerful tool.

Likes Least

Some of the programs are still not quite as bug free as you would expect from a vendor like SAP. I feel like we still have too many freezes, crashes, and unexplained behavior. However, I will say that SAP is very quick to respond and they are a great vendor to work with.

Recommendations

Have a very clear understanding of what you want to get out of this before making any decisions. There are a lot of products involved, and the licensing options are also varied. It can be very easy to make a mistake when purchasing. But I will also say that SAP is a wonderful partner and very willing to work with you.

 
 

sydney from iPaperless Document Management Solutions
Specialty: Software / Technology

July 2016

July 2016

The best ERP on Planet Earth

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N/A
Likes Best

Think of SAP products like You would think of a Mercedes Benz or BMW...No matter what model or series that comes from their assembly line..its good for a total cost solution in delivering turn key projects in terms of information collection, time, money and human capital

Likes Least

The product requires quite a lot of technical expertise to get it up and running.The cost of deployment along requires an investment in critical hardware.

Recommendations

if you are not in ICT stop right here. it is a user product (line managers, accountants etc etc) but for a proper review you need guided support otherwise you might fault the product on delivery without actually seeing its full potential.

 
 

Luca from Intralot
Specialty: Software / Technology

March 2016

March 2016

A great BI suite

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Likes Best

SAP is one of the leading companies in the business intelligence industry.
The seriousness and professionalism of SAP is maximum, the products are highly professional and suitable for large companies wanting to establish a comprehensive BI solution structured and well-functioning.
Through SAP Business Objects you can independently develop highly professional products business intelligence, creating optimal and detailed reports, dashboards attractive, and OLAP structures by connecting to different heterogeneous data sources.

Likes Least

SAP Business Object surely is not a product that can be developed by inexperienced users, can certainly be used by intermediate users following a minimum of necessary training.

Recommendations

Depending on your needs and depending on your budget available, carefully consider your goals before you start a process of development and maintenance of a Business Intelligence infrastructure.

 
 

GP from Independent BI Consultant
Specialty: Telecommunications

October 2015

October 2015

Robust, scalable and user friendly enterprise BI solution

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Likes Best

SAP business objects is a no frill enterprise BI suite, it is very stable, robust and deliver good performance on large scale use.
Self service quite easy once universe is built
One click Scheduling and Publishing capabilities.
Data is cached, giving users the ability to work offline.
Wide variety of support for charts and functions.
Abundant online forum for help.

Likes Least

Know how is quite complicated for new users. specially syntax and dealing with measures, attributes and variable
Data base integration often malfunctions for some RDMS, for example Netezza queries are often lost in queue.
Adding new data sources and change request require complicated changes in Universe.
Poor capability ability for adhoc analysis like users want to load data to check against warehouse.
relatively less visual appeal for dashboard compare to other BI tools

Recommendations

It is certainly a well tested enterprise BI solution for operational reporting, however for data analysis and discovery this might not be the right choice.

 
 

Albano from dtm enterprise
Specialty: Consulting

October 2015

October 2015

A complete BI solution with the best visualization tools

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Likes Best

Business Objects provides an easy way to generate and format reports, This solution provide a multiple way of visualization. reports, queries, dashboards.

Likes Least

Business Objects would be more integrated and more usefull.

Recommendations

SAP Business Objects is more appropriate for large organizations with big structure and longer implementation times.It is stronger for standard reporting in HR, Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, Procurement, etc.

 
 

Doug from State Univ. Retirement System
Specialty: Banking & Financial Services

October 2015

October 2015

I use the Business Objects EDGE for ad hoc queries

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Likes Best

The product is faster to generate and run queries.

Likes Least

Summarization functions do not always work as expected. The vendor has not been able to ask our questions about licensed users to the product.

Recommendations

make sure to understand how the product operates. Insist on trial of the product, so you accurately compare the product with competitors.

 
 

Robert from Mayo Clinic
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services

July 2015

July 2015

I use Business Objects to write production reports and analysis

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Likes Best

Its best feature, in my opinion, is the ease of building reports through its drag and drop interface. We have several data universes which we use to generate the reports. Business Objects makes it quite easy to manipulate the data fields and build professional looking reports.

Likes Least

My least favorite thing about this product would have to be the lack of download capability in more current versions of Excel. Currently, Business Objects only downloads in Excel 2007 format, which can sometimes complicate pulling millions of rows of data into one spreadsheet. Office 2010 and 2013 are capable of handling millions of rows of data, but B.O. cannot deliver it into those new formats.

Recommendations

Evaluate thoroughly, your need for building data universes or data marts to simplify your users report construction. We went through many data modeling sessions where we worked on the construction of the marts and linked them so that the seemingly disparate data could be joined together to yield very meaningful reports. The better you build your models and marts, the faster your reports will run.

 
 
 
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