SAP BusinessObjects is a business intelligence solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers ETL (extract, transform, load), predictive dashboard, Crystal reports, OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) and ad-hoc reporting functionalities within a suite. The product is available both in cloud-based and on-premise deployment options and caters to multiple industry segments, such as government, manufacturing and distribution, financial services and nonprofits.

SAP BusinessObjects allows users to integrate with external systems, such as Salesforce and Microsoft Office and combine data from these for executing business analytics and reporting functions. The product also features drag-and-drop interface, which allows users to customize reports using required parameters.

SAP BusinessObjects offers multidimensional data analysis, where users can create reports on multiple business parameters from disparate data sources. The product also offers a mobile app compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

SAP offers online portal, email, phone and Twitter-based support to the customers.

Geographical Map

Geographical Map

Reports - 1

Reports - 1

Inventory Dashboard

Inventory Dashboard

Data Visualization

Data Visualization

Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000



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Ashwin from Minneapolis Public Schools

Number of employees:  5,001-10,000 employees

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November 2018

Complex accounting system for competent business people

I enjoy it as I have learned to use it with the help of others

Pros

The system is fast, reports pull quickly and there is little waiting

Cons

Users who are not finance savvy will struggle and it is difficult to teach them

Review Source: Capterra

Antonio from Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  5,001-10,000 employees

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October 2018

A hard surface

Pros

You can manage a lot of documents and information for many people and make printables. This information can be use in many areas at the industry.

Cons

Its a little dificult to change the position of the fields and the titles as well. some times the information can last a few minutes to be printed.

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Raghavendar from Infosys Technologies Ltd

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Unbeatable End to End Enterprize Business Intelligence solution

I have been working on SAP BO for past 10 years across different domanins like banking, manufacture and health care and built hundreds of application on BO. This is my primary skill set.

Pros

1. It is a massive BI tool which can support thousands of reports within the company
2. The security implementation is much far advanced
3. The different tools of the package WebI, Crystal, analytical tools serves/covers all needs
4. Lot of intelligence applied building this software and latest versions 4.2 is much advanced and feature rich
5. It also has ETL tool BODS providing end to end solution
6. It connects to all most all RDBS databases

Cons

1. Platform administration is too challenging
2. software version and patch takes lot of time
3. Too many features sometime confuses the developer and users (till there is scope for user friendly)
4. New release are too late and other side competitor like Tableau are moving very fast
5. Lumira still lacks lot than equivalent competitor tools

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Makes it easy to build complex queries without knowing SQL, I love it!

I use BusinessObjects every single day, multiple times a day. We are transitioning to start having all reporting come from BO as once the reports are setup and scheduled its "set it and forget it" in many cases. We put a lot of focus on automation and reducing the amount of time spent building custom reports and one-off analyses. So we have built numerous reports to support our sales team, operations teams, vendors, and c-suite that are all easily refreshed and filtered by the users on their own. And our analytics and reporting teams now have time to work on larger scope projects rather than being bogged down by requests.

Pros

I love most everything about BusinessObjects. It's a great way for our employees to self-service in many cases as previously they had no way to get access to larger data sets unless they put in a request with analytics. But now our Directors have access to data and reports at their fingertips with minimal training (they don't need an in-depth understanding of databases or SQL queries to use the software).

Cons

A con that is worth mentioning is that exporting large data sets can be a bit slow. But the ease of use and other benefits definitely outweigh that.

Review Source: Capterra

Tim from ISRG

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Worked well in past but moving forward

Pros

Is fairly straightforward to use and some flexibility in data organization

Cons

Seems to be slower than other options and data labeling can be a challenge

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Alicia from The NOMORE Foundation

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Industry Leader in BI is Perfect for Us

With SAP BusinessObjects, we find new insights in our donor data. Keeping track of relationships is crucial to our organization.

Pros

The universe makes connecting to our data super simple for myself as a business user. I cannot imagine trying to connect to all these databases without some level of advanced database knowledge.

Cons

The Lumira tool does not offer the features that competitive tools like Tableau offer.

Review Source: Capterra

Melinda from Brooks Brothers

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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October 2018

Works fine, could use update.

Pros

It allows us to provide most of the necessary information to other departments without giving away too much of the minor details. This allows us to provide the tools needed for every day requests.

Cons

It's a little dated, it could use some feature upgrades.

Review Source: Capterra

Thomas from Hellenic Gaming Commission

Number of employees:  1 employee

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September 2018

BI Solution

Pros

Excelent BI solution. It enables even the inexperienced users to create advanced reports

Cons

The lack of advanced dashboards creation.

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Daniel from Corporación Sybven

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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September 2018

SAP Products the best of all

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is a Compendium of very versatile and easy to use tools that provide the end user with an interface to display and manage information in a very friendly and visual way.

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To use the SAP BO in its entirety, broad and specific knowledge of the product and databases are needed, otherwise an additional expense is required in consultants.

Review Source: Capterra

Jill from Freedom Mortgage Corporation

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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September 2018

SAP Business Objects

Pros

Being able to pull data easily from our data warehouse.

Cons

Sometimes tricky to move fields around without leaving spaces in columns that you don't want.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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August 2018

used across multiple businesses

this is a tool most comapnys i have worked at use

Pros

versatile and specific to your needs so very flexable

Cons

very costly and looks dated at times some a bit complacated but due to needs

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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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July 2018

Nice Way to Interface with Data

Pros

SAP Business Objects provides a nice way to interface with data, allowing both power and flexibility through its structure.

Cons

With each new version there seems to be some flaw that needs to be corrected or feature that should be added and at an enterprise level it becomes difficult to continuously deploy the updates.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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July 2018

use it in my business

Pros

SAP is an extremely great way to stream-line your processes in most businesses. It is an essential part of our employees' functions.

Cons

SAP can be very intimidating and difficult to get used at first. Not as user friendly as you expect programs to be these days.

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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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May 2018

My experience with BusinessObjects at a few institutions has been very positive.

Improved organizational reporting.

Pros

The interface is very easy to use for all audiences, allowing us to empower basic users to run their own reports. The ability to combine database elements with custom script to customize reports is very useful.

Cons

Sometimes the report formatting can be finicky. It is very responsive but can overcompensate for small formatting (size, spacing, etc) adjustments.

Review Source: Capterra

Dipesh from Northern Illinois University

Industry:  Banking & Financial Services

Number of employees:  5,001-10,000 employees

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May 2018

User Friendly but less features

Pros

If you have experience working on SAP BI/BW, then you will find this tool easy to use in the first go. It creates charts based on DataSources like Infocubes.

Cons

Although, this is a very user friendly tool, it offers a limited range of chart types like Bar Chart, Column Chart, Pie Chart etc. As compared to other leading reporting tools in the market, this tool lacks in offering Global Map charts, Histogram etc.

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April 2018

Reporting Tool with support for different Report design and Layout for Stakeholders

Pros

1) Managed system, ease of use and semantic layer
2) Support group and Forums to clarify any open questions

Cons

1) Dashboards filtering options and performance when we have huge data could be improved
2) More of a Developer tool than end user. Limited Self service capability

Review Source: Capterra

Xiaojun from UHCL

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April 2018

Taught it

I used it to teach business analytics. It serves as a great tool to get students interested.

Pros

I like the most about this software is it is easy to use, fast and cool looking. There is little prior knowledge required.

Cons

What I like the least about the product is sometimes different to find help and its documentation is not clearly written.

Review Source: Capterra

jigar from ALC Digital

Industry:  Advertising

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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April 2018

Good experience, can be better ux

Pros

The ability to navigate through the product is just amazing. Its easy for anyone to get a hang on and use the product.

Cons

There could be more data cleansing features.Also the some advance analytics functions could also be embedded.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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April 2018

I test different BI tools to advise customers what is best for them, positive but not intuitive

a solid BI system, I had the maximum control of the data

Pros

Probably the most complete BI software, it interfaces with any database. it's cloud based so I can access it from anywhere, it's mobile/tablet friendly, it works also in real time. Excellent tool to create static reports and send them by email. Easy to visualize the source data (useful to create data clouds), low maintenance because the system is stable

Cons

it would be nice if the graphic presentations were more animated, more interactive. IT COSTS TOO MUCH (it is not recommended for SME). it requires expensive hardware (powerful machines), it requires a technical figure to update the software (and the procedure can last even a whole day). the end user must be trained with a short session

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David from RTL LLC

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March 2018

Decent but not great

Pros

We had 4 admins users and all we able to login at the same time. It is fairly easy to learn and use unlike SAP Enterprise

Cons

Expensive. Also we struggled to get the visuals setup properly, like graphs, charts, etc. Also not happy with our SAP partner's support in getting this up and running. Too slow and too long to respond

Review Source: Capterra

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