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SAP BusinessObjects 10 Concurrent (CSBL) and 10 Named Users - STANDARD

Protiviti | BI 4.2 SP9 P3 on Windows 2019 February 2022 Update

Windows, Windows Server 2019 Base 1809 - 64-bit Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

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    Prasanna P.

Review from a Support Perspective

  • August 28, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Business Objects is a powerful tool which used in the right way can help in effective analytics for any business.
- This application evolved from time to time, right from BO 6 until BI 4.0 right now. This tools has considered most of the latest technological developments into its evolution. So, anyone who plan to use this tool can be assured about a good long term relation with the application.
E.g: BI 4.0 now is 64-bit application and is capable of achieving more.
- Web Intelligence in BI 4.0 has come up with a revised user interface which is more convenient to use and looks pretty cool. The charts now are interactive. As this being a 64-bit application now, the application can run big amount of data without giving any memory problems.
- Now the latest Information Design Tool (which was formerly Universe Designer) is capable of accomodating multiple datasources into its universes and also compatible with SAP Hana.

Also considering the reputation of SAP, this tool would be a great recommendation.
What do you dislike?
Right now considering the latest SAP BI 4.0 application, we have encountered many bugs as the application has become really heavy now with many features included, and due to the same reason now the tools is comparatively slower than the previous versions.
However with proper sizing of the environment, many issues can be avoided.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Consult with SAP and get a good sizing plan for the environment.
Hire a good experienced consultant or a small team to help from the beginning to the end of the implementation. These guys also help a good deal in the interaction with SAP to get the best for the business.

    Avantika T.

Business Objects with Data Management and Data Integration

  • August 27, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI brings together the simplicity and speed of search with the trust and analytical power of BI to provide immediate answers to your business questions. Users can leverage familiar keyword searches to find information hidden in data sources, then navigate and explore directly on data – without the need for existing reports or metrics.

Through the pre-packaging of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, your end users benefit from easy-to-use search capabilities that can enable them to do the following:
- Enter a few search keywords and view and explore results via an exploration panel.
- Auto-generate charts for optimal results
- Share results via e-mail and other familiar formats

SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI is also available with data integration. With this version, you can benefit from all the functionality of SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, standard package – plus features that enable you to combine data from multiple sources; populate a data warehouse expediently; and leverage ad hoc, advanced, and drilldown analysis.

SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI also offers a version with data management, which combines all the capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, standard package, and SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, version with data integration – and adds powerful functionality for data parsing, cleansing, and address synching within the data integration environment. You can benefit from prepackaged data quality functionality that can be deployed quickly, enabling you to ensure data quality throughout the data integration process. The result? Your users gain greater confidence in the reliability of data – and can make more informed decisions.
What do you dislike?
It also takes a long time to load if you have a big data set. For more details, you can have a look on the following link;pt=1334
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Very flexible and easy to use tool for any business, it's a great tool that can be used to provide valuable reports to business users. We do have various reporting tools in the market like QlikView, right now its emerging tool. Main features and benefits of QlikView as below:
· use of an in-memory data model
· allows instant, in memory, manipulation of massive datasets
· does not require high cost hardware
· automated data integration and a graphical analytical environment attractive for customers
· fast and powerful visualization capabilities
· ease of use - end users require almost no training
· highly scalable - near instant response time on very huge data volumes
· fast implementation - customers are live in less than one month, and most in a week
· flexible - allows unlimited dimensions and measures and can be modified in seconds
· integrated - all in one solution : dashboards, power analysis and simply reporting on a single architecture
· low cost - shorter implementations result in cost saving and fast return on investment
· risk free - available as a fully-functional free trial download.

    Higher Education

Integration tool for People, Data and Process

  • August 26, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Business Objects provides a perfect solution solution for organisations with complete set of tools to manage business intelligence. With initial training users will be able to do self reporting and share among to develop more complex reports. I have used Webi 4.0 to generate complex reports and dashboard for visual view of business operations.
What do you dislike?
One thing I dislike with business objects is the response time when multiple users access the same universe. Due to inconsistent data results the product should improve in data connections.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Very flexible and easy to use tool for any business

    Irina K.

BO Administrator/Universe Designer/Reports Developer

  • August 23, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
I am currently working with SAP BI and Oracle BI EE and had a brief exposure to Microstrategy. I categorize BI tools as a “developer oriented” and an “end-user (power-user) oriented”
I am a big fan of BOXI 3.X. It’s robust, stable, reliable; simple for report design, and a “end-user (power-user) oriented” tool.
I find the SAP Web Intelligence application the most user friendly and easy to understand in comparison to other BI tools. I praise it for:
-Ability to build a single report combined from multiple queries (as long as they have merged dimensions);
-Ability to apply variable/formula on a cell level is extremely useful;
-Ability to create a custom formula for any cell under the Grand Total line allows to build complex reports;
-Very easy to navigate through the report and query properties (table/cell/report level). Interface is visual and intuitive.
-Ability to view the actual SQL built by the query is priceless. Among three listed above tools only SAP BI offers this feature;

Ultimately the best “developer oriented” reporting tool is SAP CrystalReports. A tool cost is virtually free (under $400) copy. This tool can connect to any data source. Intuitive, robust, accommodate all levels of twisted business logic; allow to complete any complexity of assignment; plus offers “pixel perfect” design.
A short note about SAP BOXI Universe Designer tool- you can design the semantic layer on snowflake or star schema.
Technical support is excellent.
What do you dislike?
I am very new to SAP BO 4.0. I found this product is less stable; full of bugs for now. It’s becomes more developer tool than end-user. Completely new interface which requires an additional time to get used to and to learn where all functionalities are hidden.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
go for it

    Victor M.

System Administrator & Development Experience

  • August 22, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
What I like best is how robust BusinessObjects is. SAP brings together Dashboards (For dynamic reporting), Web Intelligence (For ad-hoc reporting), and Crystal Reports (For clean, formatted reporting) all in one package. This gives customers/clients a lot more options on how they want to display their data. Each comes with their own perks, but it's beneficial, for administrators/developers/clients alike, to have it all in one.

With 4.0, they've made system administration a lot easier by implementing 'Monitoring' capabilities. This is a double edge sword because with these extra look-ins, more work can be created, but optimizing the services becomes a lot easier. Not only that, they've taken the liberty in creating a 'Monitoring' Universe, so reports can be built off of it to analyze the information a lot more. Vital pieces that were missing in 3.1, it's now available in 4.0.
What do you dislike?
What I dislike about this product is the total cost of ownership and how resource heavy it is. BusinessObjects should be an application that is implemented, if a reporting tool, such as SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services), isn't powerful enough to do the job. Not only that, if everything else has been created (IE: InfoCubes), BusinessObjects could be a potential fit.

Not only that, each team needs to understand the application and how it works. I saw one person talk about how pulling big data slows down the application. Absolutely correct, in which it's expected, as it's a reporting tool, not a data dumping instrument. Meaning, developers & consultants need to work with the client/customer to ensure that they are aggregating the data, in such a way, that the most relevant information is pulled. This will drastically speed up performance, lower the overall footprint of the application, and can expotentially speed things up.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
My recommendation would be to ensure that BusinessObjects is the right tool for the job. There are several other reporting tools that are capable of providing relevant Business Intelligence (IE: SSRS & Micro Strategy). If BusinessObjects is determined to be the best fit, make sure all involved parties fully understand what's involved with the application. From there, don't rush implementation. BusinessObjects isn't an application that can be simply installed & learned over a weekend. This application truly needs to have it's due diligence done to ensure everything is implemented as smoothly as possible.

    Oil & Energy

I have very good experience working with business objects suite

  • August 20, 2013
  • Review verified by G2

What do you like best?
-Variety of tools for different needs
-Good integration with SAP Data
-Great modeling tools
What do you dislike?
Dash boarding is not that strong
Xcelsius is using excel which is really difficult to understand
Design Studio is missing scorcarding features
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Its a great tools if you are using SAP ERP

    Daniel L.

Pretty powerful tool for business intelligence

  • June 06, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Java interface is actually quite intuitive and powerful. It has good performance and can do complex pivot-table styled reports that can be customized quite a bit. Lots of built-in functions similar to Excel.
What do you dislike?
I have found there is no easy way to back up WebI reports. If you want them saved or backed up in source control in some way, this is not really an option.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
A work-around to back up reports is to open them using the Desktop tool and save them to the file system and back the file up to source control.

    Tom L.

Great Tool for Analytics

  • April 29, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
This tool is best when used in combination with other SAP components. It can sit on top of SAP BI and pull data together from multiple sources, allowing you to make connections between seemingly unconnected data points. It also has the ability to expose its queries as web services, allowing for integration with other tools (i.e. Xcelsius Dashboards, etc).
What do you dislike?
Performance can be a little bit slow, but honestly, this would be the case with any reporting system if you have very large queries. Using SAP BI on top of HANA as a data source should help remedy this.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
It's a great tool that can be used to provide valuable reports to business users at all levels.

    Susie C.

Easy to use when you know it but takes a long time to load

  • March 19, 2013
  • Review provided by G2

What do you like best?
Pulls all the data you need. It was hard to use without any training (not intuitive), but after you run few reports and some training it becomes easier to understand.
What do you dislike?
Acronyms are in German. I understand it's created by Germans but some of the acronyms in there do not make sense. It also takes a LONG time to load if you have a big data set. I've learned to break every pull piece by piece otherwise it'll clog the system.
Recommendations to others considering the product:
Don't pull a lot of data at once. It can load for half an hour to an hour or it'll crash. I also heard that it needs to be setup correctly when you first implement it. If business requirements change years after BI gets released, too late.