SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence

4.3 (158)
Self-service business intelligence (BI) platform

Overall rating

4.3 /5
(158)
Value for Money
3.9/5
Features
4.2/5
Ease of Use
3.9/5
Customer Support Software
3.9/5

158 Software options

Keith D.
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  • Industry: Warehousing
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

SAP Business Objects - Watch your wallet

Reviewed on 20/02/2019

This company has draconian licensing and contract renewal process. They are not willing to work with consumers on any part of renegotiating a contract. For this reason alone I would never recommend this product to a colleague.

Pros

Business Objects has a great number of features. Report scheduling, dashboarding, and data file exports were some of the major features I used in this package.

Cons

Version upgrades are extremely difficult to perform without consulting. Troubleshooting messages tend to be cryptic which makes troubleshooting a laborious and tedious process.

Raghavendar N.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Unbeatable End to End Enterprize Business Intelligence solution

Reviewed on 20/10/2018

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

Trivikram B.
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Great Front End reporting tool which enhances the business decisions more effectively on the...

Reviewed on 20/10/2016

I have been using the tool from past 9+ years for the development of reports to our clients and the improvements to the overall BO product suite over a period of time are absolutely fantastic and you will have a wide range of products in the suite which will cater all your business requirements irrespective of the domain you are in
It is highly recommendable to the business who wants a better results,growth and improvements in the areas where they are lagging because the kind of visualizations and stunning dashboards that Business objects provides will give business head a clear cut idea on their improvement areas so that they can concentrate more on improvements and decision makings
I have had an experience from various clients in different sectors like Finance,Telecom,Oil and Gas, Fleet and so on where they always gave a positive and really a five star rating about the product feasibility and various options SAP Business Objects provides

As a developer and Technical specialist working on SAP BO I had a wonderful experience with the customer support from SAP and also whenever we raise an OSS Message or case about the product functionality the kind of response we got is really great and helped us a lot to solve the customer issues at the earliest
It is ultimately a great product which sustained nearly a decade after SAP acquired now due to its tremendous capabilities and improvements in reporting and universe modelling and various versions of product releasing as and when required based on customers feedback

Overall I would highly recommend SAP BO to any client be it small , medium and large due to its robust sizing guide lines this will be the best product and also this is one of the world's best reporting tool till date, no wonder after the introduction of SAP Design studio this will become the number one in the space of reporting

Also I would like to mention about some of the important reporting tools in the product like WebIntelligence, SAP BO Exlorer, SAP Lumira which will definitely add an advantage to the organizations growth in providing the most thoughtful decisions on the fly to the clients

Stunning,Astonishing,Intelligent and Beautiful Dashboards and Visualizations will only be possible with SAP Business Objects!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue R.
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Greatest business investment

Reviewed on 19/12/2018

I've used multiple sections of SAP and throughly enjoyed how each section works so smoothly with the others. It has the added bonus for companies that are global being able to link all business as well.

Pros

Once it's been implemented for the entire company it integrates every aspect smoothly. The ability to link every part of the business is invaluable. From HR to logistics to production, managing warehouse inventory cost saving are realized.

Cons

Implementation can be tricky if the people setting it up dont take the time to learn the business from one end to the other. It takes a team working in unison to develop a fully functional system. I've seem great things from SAP and I've seen a company sinking from a poor implementation.

Carl H.
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  • Industry: Construction
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Powerful Suite for all your BI needs

Reviewed on 02/09/2016

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Prince T.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

SQL, BI, Reporting&Analytics

Reviewed on 24/01/2019

Pros

You have options to upgrade, SAP Lumira is the next amazing product to always upgrade to when you are ready for the next level of analytics and graphical representation of your data

Cons

SAP BI itself is still stagnant in its improvements, sticking on to the traditional functionalities of the product, it has a huge gap between its next level of reporting.

Joseph Y.
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  • Industry: Retail
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

SAP Business objects is east to use tool with Adhoc reporting capabilities, user friendly

Reviewed on 10/10/2017

Self-service reporting, easy to use, various tools based on use case. lot of formatting and charts inclusion options.

Pros

Self-service reporting, easy to use, various tools based on use case. lot of formatting and charts inclusion options.

Cons

visualizations and dash boards products instability and not mobile friendly , many tools and need to learn various tools for each use case.

Shiva R.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

This is a very good transaction level analytical took that can be used in enterprises

Reviewed on 18/07/2017

Pros

facilitates self service and is user friendly to write queries with basic training of users thereby reducing reliance on central IT. Also data can be exported to excel/pdf etc.

Cons

This product works well when there is a data warehouse and data is regularly uploaded to the data warehouse so that users can write query and generate data from the query.

Brian J.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

It is a great suite of products

Reviewed on 04/10/2017

It provides an analytic suit, easy to work and with a great look and feel.

Pros

It has different product for every user type. From excel integration to mobile funcionality. It is very complete.

Cons

It would be better to have a strongest desktop tool to work with webis, etc.
the roadmap of SAP BO tool is changing very fast.

Gaurav S.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Nice tool for traditional reporting

Reviewed on 25/01/2019

no support for cube based technology

Pros

Nice SAP product which integrates with all databases and connects to different tools for reporting and analytics

Cons

Not good in performance while connecting to multi dimensions and in-memory analytics and reporting, no support for cube based technology

Manikandan E.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Mania review

Reviewed on 01/10/2016

I have been working with BO and related products for almost a decade. Worked since from XIR2 days to tillost recent BI 4.2

Pros

Managed system, eas of use and semantic layer

Cons

Multiple tools and frequently changing product roadmaps

Rosalinda G.
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  • Industry: Consumer Electronics
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Hardest Program I have ever learned

Reviewed on 26/03/2019

I used program in a manufacturing environment

Pros

Once I understood the concept of layers of data then it became easier to use.

Cons

The difficulty of the concept of layers

Sarath R.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

“Good front end reporting software tool”

Reviewed on 06/12/2018

Pros

It is very easy to use and understand the customers .it is mostly connected RDBS Databases. It is a platform independent and robust tool

Cons

Before using this software at least need knowledge of data base, SQL query languages and basic fundamentals. It will take lot of time when software version and patch takes

Syed saad Q.
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  • Industry: Utilities
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Easy to use reporting tool for SAP

Reviewed on 09/01/2020

Very valuable tool for my department which uses sap modules and finds ABAP reports cumbersome and slow.

Pros

I have worked as an SAP Consultant so I know the importance of reporting for clients. SAP business objects are the best way to quickly design and integrate reporting tools with SAP source systems.

Cons

For an end user, there is limited flexibility when it comes to modifying reports once deployed. I would like some more customization options.

Murat Ş.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

SAP BusinessObjects

Reviewed on 09/05/2019

We are a company offering call center solutions. This software is being used for report needs.

Pros

User interface is very easy and report development is quite easy.

Cons

I think it uses a lot of memory. It should be able to work with less

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Utilities
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Good for Data Analysis and Reporting

Reviewed on 18/02/2019

SAP BusinessObjects is a critical part of our internal software application; it excels in solutions like these.

Pros

BusinessObjects is great for data analysis and reporting about data. You can make a template for a specific report and trust that when someone needs this report, it is generated exactly how you defined it.
Also you can analyze your data, see trends and report on them.

Cons

It's not really point-and-click; you need some experience to use it. But given the fact that many software vendors prefer BusinessObjects must mean something for its quality.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Facilities Services
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Great product

Reviewed on 09/01/2019

It was a good experience.

Pros

The web reports functionality is great. The concept of crystal reports is good.

Cons

Resource allocation and Server intelligence agent.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The king of business intelligence

Reviewed on 03/12/2019

Well worth the price, in terms of ROI for any organization with BI needs.

Pros

Very powerful business intelligence engine behind the scenes, allowing for multi-dimensional querying. This allowed our business to gather deep insights that would have been hard to materialize manually.

Cons

Error messages are often hard to decipher, in terms of actionable next steps to resolve. Some better instructions during error cases would go a long way.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

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

Reviewed on 05/04/2018

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

Jigar M.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good experience, can be better ux

Reviewed on 13/04/2018

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.

Robin M.
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  • Industry: Insurance Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

bo review

Reviewed on 19/10/2017

Pros

Traditional BI tool with good information available for developers. Good for conventional reporting.

Cons

Lacks some of the modern reporting and dashboarding features available in similar competitor products.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

World class Business Intelligence Solution, the information just in time for taking decisions

Reviewed on 14/12/2018

Pros

I loved the way for sharing insights and in collaborative way make decisions in our business team. The solution was really helpful to our business needs for data/information requirements

Cons

Integration with other solutions was a little bit difficult, in some cases we had to create some interfaces for get this work done.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good for invoicing, but a bit clunky at times

Reviewed on 17/04/2019

Pros

Not very difficult to set up and develop reports, schedule them, etc.

Cons

can sometimes be very confusing to identify end points of data pulls - from budgets to customers

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Financial Services Software
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 2.0 /10

SAP BO Has too many struggles among its high points

Reviewed on 29/08/2019

Pros

The ability to pull data and export it to Excel in a useable format that makes it easy to pivot off of.

Cons

Using the search criteria and saving fields is tedious and time consuming.

Tanusree P.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Self Service Reporting tool for everyone

Reviewed on 25/06/2021

In my multiple projects I have used BO for serving business requirements , hence its useful tool but not very fancy.

Pros

The ease to build or edit the universe and publish to users help business people to use this BI reporting tool conveniently. The dashboards are simple to build with some amount of training.Hence as a self service reporting tool this is popular to business users in the industry

Cons

The advanced features and fancy dashboard capabilities like Tableau are not available