SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects

Easy, self-service access to decision-ready information with our BI platform

4.2/5 (129 reviews)

SAP Business Objects Overview

Empower your business users with anytime, anywhere access to key insights delivered in context – with a flexible BI platform. Get ready to increase responsiveness, reduce IT costs and workload, and drive better decision making across your organization.

Pricing

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Pricing options
Free Trial
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English, French, German

SAP Business Objects Reviews

Overall rating
4.2/5
87% positive reviews
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Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
Pawan S.

Good for reporting, but a bit clunky at times

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/22
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Not very difficult to set up universes (both .unv and .unx) and develop reports, schedule them, etc. So from a functionality standpoint, this tool is good.

Cons

1. It doesn't always behave the way it is expected. For example, I could not modify a report to point to a different table within the same universe (one table points to production schema data and another to test schema data).
2. When modifying a report to say, add a section, the alignment gets messed up and it takes some ninja mouse skills to get the section to appear where you want. Should not be that difficult to accomplish a simple task like this.
3. Sometimes the errors that pop up have a very cryptic message and troubleshooting where the problem is occurring is almost impossible. For example, the query that the system generates runs fine and produces results in a tool like Toad or SQL Developer, but the report does not execute due to some error (ORA-01830: Date format picture ends before conversion). It would be helpful to get some context around the error to help with troubleshooting.
4. Developers don't have the ability to look at basic information about the universe that the report is pointing to (e.g. location in CMS) which makes it hard to know whether the report is pointing to the development version of the universe or the production version.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Nagaraju P.

BOBJ is a good option for complex data analysis

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/10/14
Review Source: Capterra

Pros : Complete product from Giant Vendor and has a great Echo system, Good for Complex/Huge Data Analysis models, Mass Publishing is a great advantage with this Product as i don't see this much of handy with any other Front end products, Robust model, With Design Studio and Lumira it has gain more strength in the BI Market, Great product to integrate with any kind business model,

Cons:
Increasing number of tools in the suit confusing customers to choose what for what, Bit Expensive compare to other Reporting products, Recovery is not simple as we think in Failure cases, It requires huge amount of Hardware resources to build a medium/Large landscape, not simple as an end user product for all type of Developments...

Pros

Complete product from Giant Vendor and has a great Echo system, Good for Complex/Huge Data Analysis models, Mass Publishing is a great advantage with this Product as i dont see this much of handy with any other Front end products, Robust model, With Design Studio and Lumira it could be a great product to integrate with any kind business model

Cons

Increasing number of tools in the suit confusing customers to choose what for what, Bit Expensive compare to other Reporting products, Recovery is not simple as we think in Failure cases, It requires huge amount of Hardware resources to build a medium/Large landscape, not simple as an end user product for all type of Developments...

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Great tool for report automization, analysis and calculation

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/03/02
Review Source: Capterra

It's a very powerful tool to download data, however, requires some trainings for users.

Pros

It's intergrated in Microsoft Excel, so I can use all function of Excel on the data download by SAP Business Object.
Normally we have to go to the web version of the reporting tool and download report one by one, but with SAP business Object (Analysis Office), we can insert the data source one time, format it, do calculation with it (using all other Excel function). The next time when you need to update the data. Just simply refresh data source in your formatted file. All data are refreshed while your calculation/format are still there.
You can even write Excel VBA to load data with Analysis Office. It saves you a lot of time to download all reports based on different filter criterion.

Cons

First, it takes time to load if the data is too bid
Second, there is a limit (55 000 lines) on Excel. You can, of course, change the limit, but not everybody knows how to do it (or allowed to do it)
Thirdly, the prompts are not so well-designed and user-friendly. I normally have to scroll down a lot to find the filter. (imagine you have 10 different sheet, scrolling down will take long time).
Fourthly, VBA and Analysis Office are quite complicated to use and the trouble-shooting is quite annoying.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

7.0/10

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

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/10/17
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dhruv J.

Sap business object overall review

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/10/18
Review Source: Capterra

Sap business object is very ease to use for end user.there are someR very useful and user friendly tools which can be operate or handle by end user like web intelligence , explorer, lumira etc.

In other end, there are other functionality and tools like dashboard,design studio , information design tool.

Sap business object is platform independent and robust.

Having great features of drill down,dynamic receipent ,enterprise reciepent.

Pros

Sap business object is very ease to use for end user.there are someR very useful and user friendly tools which can be operate or handle by end user like web intelligence , explorer, lumira etc.

In other end, there are other functionality and tools like dashboard,design studio , information design tool.

Sap business object is platform independent and robust.

Having great features of drill down,dynamic receipent ,enterprise recipient.

Cons

Sap business object , for create the universe need knowldge of database and query and fundametals.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

SAP Business Objects Features

  • API
  • Business Intelligence
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Visual Analytics

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Filtering
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualization
  • Graphical Data Presentation
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for SAP Business Objects

Key features of SAP Business Objects

  • Information access
  • Information design
  • Integration with applications
  • Lifecycle management
  • Platform administration
  • Portal integration
  • Publishing

SAP Business Objects FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for SAP Business Objects.

Q. What type of pricing plans does SAP Business Objects offer?

SAP Business Objects offers the following pricing plans:

Free Trial: Not Available

Q. What are the main features of SAP Business Objects?

SAP Business Objects offers the following features:

  • Information access
  • Information design
  • Integration with applications
  • Lifecycle management
  • Platform administration
  • Portal integration
  • Publishing

Q. Who are the typical users of SAP Business Objects?

SAP Business Objects has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises

Q. What languages does SAP Business Objects support?

SAP Business Objects supports the following languages:

English, French, German

Q. What type of pricing plans does SAP Business Objects offer?

We do not have any information about what SAP Business Objects pricing plans

Q. Does SAP Business Objects support mobile devices?

SAP Business Objects supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does SAP Business Objects integrate with?

SAP Business Objects integrates with the following applications:

Enablon Audit Management, Handshake, Key Survey, Meisterplan, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Roambi, SYMPAQ SQL, SimpliField, SyncForce, eLynxx Print Procurement

Q. What level of support does SAP Business Objects offer?

SAP Business Objects offers the following support options:

Online Support, Phone Support