SAP Business Objects Features

SAP Business Objects

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

4.18/5 (84 reviews)

SAP Business Objects Feature Summary

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

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SAP Business Objects Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about SAP Business Objects's features:

Mohammad Khan

SAP BOBJ BI

2016-12-14

Web Intelligence -- Provides a self-service environment for creating ad-hoc queries and analysis of data both online and offline.

Pros

Fast, robust and compatible with third party integrations.

Cons

Development seems bit deep dig process which takes a long time for customizations

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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joseph yeruva

Business objects Review

2016-10-20

It is easy to use and presentable in different ways with visualizations. Out out can be shareable in different formats and automatic publishing capabilities.

Pros

self data analysis without much technical knowledge and simple to use it.

Cons

Dash boards filtering options and performance when we have huge data could be improved.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Navid Usmani

Best Enterprises Package

2016-10-23

From designing to visualization and delivering real time reports.

Pros

Easy to visualize raw data.

Cons

As other BI tools avaible in the market, this also lacks at some features and functionality

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

Go ahead a purchase today. Truly worth for money for enterprises

Source: Capterra
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Robert Scrimshaw

I use Business Objects to write production reports and analysis

2015-07-09

Pros

Its best feature, in my opinion, is the ease of building reports through its drag and drop interface.

Cons

Currently, Business Objects only downloads in Excel 2007 format, which can sometimes complicate pulling millions of rows of data into one spreadsheet.

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

Evaluate thoroughly, your need for building data universes or data marts to simplify your users report construction. We went through many data modeling sessions where we worked on the construction of the marts and linked them so that the seemingly disparate data could be joined together to yield very meaningful reports. The better you build your models and marts, the faster your reports will run.

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Harkiran Kaur

SAP business objects

2017-01-05

I am using SAP business objects at my current position for report creation and adjacent data queries and for simple data dumps

Pros

It's easy to use, the cost is less as compared to tableau or other BI products in the market and customer care is good.

Cons

Also, visualization wise it is pathetic because I have checked tableau.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

If you are looking for a product just to create simple monthly or yearly reports for small department then sap is good but if you want to do more with the data then look for other products in the market.

Source: Software Advice
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Girish Kumar

Business Objects vs it's competitors in Analytics domain

2016-10-18

Data can be analysed using various predefined charts by simply dragging charts.

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Source: Capterra
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Tyler Dec

SAP Business Objects

2016-10-25

All the data can be manipulated through queries or a drag and drop method for those who aren't as SQL savvy.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Limited data visualization capabilities

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

If you aren't already using a reporting tool, definitely schedule a demo with SAP!

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Anonymous
( company, 51-200 employees)

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

2018-04-05

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.

Cons

it would be nice if the graphic presentations were more animated, more interactive.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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R D Shutt

great reporting tool

2016-12-07

Then, you can add filters, dashboards, sorting, whatever you need to get the desired results.

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Tiffany Wedge

Good Software, little dated and not as user friendly as hoped.

2017-08-29

Ability to bring data out of JDE and report on it has made customizing and reviewing reports/data much easier.

Pros

The ability to customize reports for dates, etc is a great functionality.

Cons

For instance the GL module and AP module are hard to interact with each other sometimes and bring in the data I'm looking for.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Albano García

A complete BI solution with the best visualization tools

2015-10-28

Pros

Business Objects provides an easy way to generate and format reports, This solution provide a multiple way of visualization. reports, queries, dashboards.

Cons

Business Objects would be more integrated and more usefull.

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Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects is more appropriate for large organizations with big structure and longer implementation times.It is stronger for standard reporting in HR, Finance, Supply Chain, Sales, Procurement, etc.

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Neelam Patel

It is a great software. Very useful and is customer friendly. Meets the need.

2017-02-28

Pros

Modules can be designed as needed.

Cons

it is a little complex, specially while dealing with data management.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Irv Villacorta

Simple, fast, and powerful software that has been an amazing asset for my team

2017-08-15

The main benefit is a great UX interface that makes building queries easy, repeatable, and amazingly quick.

Pros

Much faster than manual queries and data pulls from our internal software The ability to build off of a saved query expedites all future queries Features including reoccurring queries and running queries in the background so it does not interfere with your current work

Cons

There is a learning curve to understand how to use the queries, so there is some training involved Some of the "result objects" do not pull data but that may be our data sources, not the program itself

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Diego Moreira

Very powerful BI tool, but not very user friendly

2017-06-09

Pros

It is really powerful for Data extraction purposes and we could match our information needs without much problems.

Cons

I feel that the WEBI interface is not very user friendly.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Randy Shutt

Great tool for reports

2016-12-17

Simply drag whatever dimensions you want onto the report and then create different filters or formulas to get the desired results.

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GP Nath

Robust, scalable and user friendly enterprise BI solution

2015-10-29

Pros

Wide variety of support for charts and functions.

Cons

Poor capability ability for adhoc analysis like users want to load data to check against warehouse.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

It is certainly a well tested enterprise BI solution for operational reporting, however for data analysis and discovery this might not be the right choice.

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Excellent platform for handling large data

2018-01-11

It helped me generate reports of data which were needed to fulfil the requirement of my stakeholders and also for me to learn about the business with a bit of digging.

Pros

It was really good and easy to handle large amount of data and generate reports of data needed.

Cons

It was slow and some of the options are not very intuitive. Again similar to SAP HANA need considerable amount of training to become proficient in it.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Shankar Narayanan

BI: Now and Forever

2016-10-13

Whether you are taking from SAP data or other systems, Business Objects is one stop solution for all your reporting and analytics needs

Pros

Ease of use and All in one

Cons

Deprecation of some old features

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Thomas Gerodimos

BI Solution

2018-09-18

Pros

It enables even the inexperienced users to create advanced reports

Cons

The lack of advanced dashboards creation.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Kris Braaten

Powerful reporting tool with quarks

2017-11-17

Pros

I also love the ability to set up email instances of reports - it’s always helpful when a software can do a routine task for you.

Cons

It’s not very friendly for someone who wants to do ad hoc analytical reporting.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Luca Campanelli

A great BI suite

2016-03-22

Pros

Through SAP Business Objects you can independently develop highly professional products business intelligence, creating optimal and detailed reports, dashboards attractive, and OLAP structures by connecting to different heterogeneous data sources.

Cons

SAP Business Object surely is not a product that can be developed by inexperienced users, can certainly be used by intermediate users following a minimum of necessary training.

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Recommendations to others considering SAP Business Objects

Depending on your needs and depending on your budget available, carefully consider your goals before you start a process of development and maintenance of a Business Intelligence infrastructure.

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Used SAP to produce business reports for financial and agricultural business customers

2018-02-20

The ability to produce needed report for management and divisional groups.

Pros

The ease of use with universes to hold all of the needed data for reporting purposes.

Cons

The inability to have more than two cross tab columns on one report. The only workaround I could find was concatenating multiple fields so that all information would show up.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Hasnain Millwala

Used this for supply chain reporting and metrics analysis

2017-06-07

Pros

The best part was the robust enterprise nature of the system. Data quality is controlled centrally by IT and processes and users always know that the data they are getting is good quality and usable.

Cons

Plus its very pricey and not meant for smaller businesses

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Joseph yeruva

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

2017-10-10

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.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Saran Eswaran

SAP BusinessObjects 4.x Consulting Project

2017-03-02

I have implemented this toolset across different organizations and trained users in using the business intelligence and reporting features in Web Intelligence, Explorer, Crystal Reports, etc.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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