SAP BusinessObjects BI

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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SAP Business Intelligence

January 16, 2018

Popescu E.
IT Consultant at X-Rite
501-1000 employees

4.5 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

I like SAP Business Intelligence because I can use it without having a knowledge of a SQL query language. I can easy connect to my database and data tables and I can set up a easy query to export the needed data records. When I have saved my query, I can save this data to a report or a different file format which can be used to for other SQL tools.

What do you dislike?

There is a bit hard to learn how to generate all those reports. The documentation is not so clear.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend you SAP Business Objects if you want to implement an automated business solution for you company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SAP Business Objects provides to my company the capacity to do a business analysis in real time. It should be a must have tool for all the companies and it should be used by any areas to export data and to do business analysis.

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SAP BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE IS A GREAT PLATFORM FOR ON-DEMAND DATA EXTRACTION

January 11, 2018

Anonymous
 
Insurance, 5001-10,000 employees

5.0 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

SAP Business Intelligence does not require a user to know SQL query language. Simply connect to the data tables and build a quick query to extract the data elements you want. Once you save your query, you can drop this data onto a report or formatted text file for data analysis in a different software. We leverage its automation to set up routine data delivery extracts to the server, thereby eliminating the dependency of I.S. personnel of setting up and running jobs.

What do you dislike?

There is a bit of a learning curve in designing reports, but I really think that is standard of all new software learning experiences.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Implementing a business intelligence solution is important to the livelihood of maintaining the business; if you are dependent in terms of months in getting data extracts from your IT department, you are going to lose precious time to identify opportunities and weaknesses in your operations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SAP Business Objects allows our company the ability to leverage real-time business analysis at our finger tips. Companies should make it an important tool that should be utilized by each department to extract data and perform trend analysis..

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Robust Reporting Tool...if the underlying data models are designed properly using Kimball principles

December 28, 2017

Samrat M.
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst(Finance) at Pearson
Education Management, 10,001+ employees

3.5 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

Besides being scalable for small to middle sized organisations, it actually does the performance bit better than OBIEE even for large scale companies. BO also have a better data governance framework than other tools such as OBIEE and can be truly called a multi developer friendly tool with versatile integration connectors for all major OLTP systems, be it ERP Finance or HR Management Systems.

What do you dislike?

The tool's licence are expensive but you get what you pay for. SAP's business tool licences in general have never been cheap but that ensures you get proper product support whenever needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have multiple development teams on distinct projects within the reporting team, use BO as it does have good data governance in place over other vendors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SAP BO has good report 'bursting' capabilities sending reports to printer queues across different offices in the UK region without the performance getting bogged down like Oracle's BI Publisher. Many major reports are being sent to the departments using this tool.

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A solid Entry in leveraging BI

December 08, 2016

Greg G.
SQL Database/BI Administrator at TenCate
Textiles, 1001-5000 employees

4.0 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

One of the things I like about BObj is that, as a BI Manager, I can help varying levels of users. For example, if I have a user that has no interest/technical skill, I can build up a Universe, create an InfoSpace, and design some view sets. If the user is more advanced, maybe I just need to build the universe and let them play with the view sets. Users can insert themselves in the BI process where they feel comfortable.

What do you dislike?

There has traditionally not been a good method of restoring a single item when a user accidentally over-engineers it or deletes it altogether. And until recently, there hasn't been any kind of versioning. There are also, if there is much customization of the environment, it takes a little more effort to upgrade an existing environment or stage a new one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This tool was here when I was hired a few years ago and now that I've learned it, It's a solid BI tool. If I didn't have a BI tool and I was researching from scratch, I don't know if I'd necessarily hands-down pick this one, but Business Objects would definitely be one of the options I considered.

Sometimes configuration is challenging (unless you are also very familiar with setting up Java VMs). I like the meta-data layer design tool. I like that there are thick and thin versions of the tools users use. Users at this point try to build a report themselves rather than immediately asking me to do it (which is a small miracle). I did end up having to use a 3rd party tool to make me feel safe about backups and versioning (because at the time I started using BObj, there was no recycle bin or version management), but in general I'm happy with the product and am not looking for a replacement solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem is that there is an ever-changing series of questions that get asked. Many reporting tools are simply too robust and cumbersome for the standard user. Having lots of data is useless, if it is to hard for the decision-makers to get to. Web Intelligence can be as simple or as complex as the user needs it to be, so it attracts varying levels of experience. Explorer is a very easy to use visualization tool. I've seen Explorer users go from ONLY looking at canned view sets to building their own Information Spaces.

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Pros and Cons of SAP Business Objects

August 09, 2017

Anonymous
 
Mining & Metals, 1001-5000 employees

4.0 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

0. Strong platform for business intelligence

1. Flexible to connect with various data sources such as OLAP, and XML, SharePoint, Java, Microsoft Office and .NET

2.Easy to integrate with LDAP security providers and Single-Sign-On (SSO) solutions for user access and also provide the level of security needed to restrict access

3. Easy to integrate the historical SAP database for reports and does not take much time to pull history like SAP ERP.

4. Multiple BI analysis can be performed to make strategic and tactical decisions

5. Can be linked with SAP visualization tool- SAP lumira and data is easy to handle in MS-Excel and other applications

What do you dislike?

1. User needs to know specific skill sets to get complete benefit

2. Complex structure of SAP ERP can not be managed efficiently in Business objects and data can mislead for some important decisions.

3. License part is bit difficult to understand for users.

4. Difficult for a non-technical person to understand the system

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely for the industries which are looking for improving their work efficient and working in cost reduction direction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. Reporting various database which are difficult to pull out SAP -ERP and take huge time

2. Integration of various inputs to provide inputs to operations model

3. Platform for visualization and dashboard to understand performance of global business

This software has reduced waiting time for various database for strategic and tactical business decisions.

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Good business tool, but needs modernising to stay relevant

September 26, 2016

Sergiu P.
Project Manager - Mass Market and Regional CBU Postpaid at Vodafone
Telecommunications, 10,001+ employees

4.0 out of 5 stars
What do you like best?

It is an easy way to share reports across the organization and enables users to view advanced dashboards and analytics without having dedicated software installed on the computer. Managing structure of reporting, sharing links to entire folders or files and setting permission on those folders and files is quite straight forward. It does a decent job at showing analysis on large data sets.

What do you dislike?

Performance wise, sometimes quite slow when loading large daily datasets (3-5 min load times), have seen better optimised systems. Export to Excel 2007, again on large data sets can be quite slow. Interface looks quite a bit dated and I hope they improve on it, to make it more modern and with a touch of animations, quite helpful to have a good and beautiful presentation tool for data (something you can take straight to a board meeting).

Recommendations to others considering the product

The system is quite expensive to implement, so do take careful consideration when acquiring it. If you already have SAP driving a couple of your reporting systems then Business Objects is the way to go to have a proper integration. UI wise and performance wise it is a bit dated, so don't expect pretty and fast changing graphs on the dashboards, but still a very robust system with good features behind it. Hopefully in the near future SAP will modernise it a bit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring of daily/monthly performance across a variety of dashboards, graphs. It also serves as a database store for large sets of data that are used in ad-hoc excel files. Helps in keeping information transparent and helps managers see their performance better on daily level.

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