Tableau vs SAP Business Objects Comparison Chart

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Fernando de Oliveira Melo

A flexible and powerful tool

2018-07-12

I am an analytics consultant and used to work mostly with SAP BW (Business Objects, Business Explorer, etc), Lumira, and Qlik Sense. My first contact with Tableau was very good, I've learned many things in a few days, it's very easy to use and also very powerful. I'm happy in working with this project because Tableau makes my experience much better, I'm liking it.

Pros

The easiness on creating simple reports don't obfuscate its power on creating complex dashboards. If you want to create a simple bar graph that shows your sales amount, you can do it easily and quickly, but it doesn't take out the tools and mechanisms that allows advanced users and consultants to do more, like creating complex non-existent (not ready-available in the tool, but possible) charts like exploded bar charts. It supports formulas and also have a very good engine for it, as you can define one and reference it by its name wherever you need. As an analytics consultant, I've seen many other reporting tools, like Qlik View (and Sense), Power BI, SAP Lumira and so on, so I can tell that Tableau is a major competitor in segment.

Cons

A common problem that takes place inside large companies lies on the difference between how we think Tableau looks for data and how it actually does. At one of the cases we have SAP Hana as a database with its views as data source and Tableau as the reporting tool. Some of our dashboards have been stated as "slow", but we figured out that the problem was not on the columns that was available and being used by Tableau, but in the other columns. The Tableau doesn't ever create the same SQL as we are expecting for a situation, it has a complex way to determine the better SQL for the best user experience. This slowness is known wherever you ask for "Tableau main problems". So the problem was not entirely on Tableau, but in the way we created the views. This is a very light con that has the main purpose to aware software buyers instead of saying "don't buy". In short, the slowness may lie on data source instead of Tableau's engine. You should care about how data is delivered to it.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Alicia McMillan

Industry Leader in BI is Perfect for Us

2018-10-11

With SAP BusinessObjects, we find new insights in our donor data. Keeping track of relationships is crucial to our organization.

Pros

The universe makes connecting to our data super simple for myself as a business user. I cannot imagine trying to connect to all these databases without some level of advanced database knowledge.

Cons

The Lumira tool does not offer the features that competitive tools like Tableau offer.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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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. Usually, I use excel to do my visualization and presentation because it's better than business objects Also, you cannot use it for predictive analysis.

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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.

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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)

A great product in it's time

2018-12-19

Pros

BusinessObjects came up with a fantastic way to interact with data back in the day. The Universe concept is still a great way to translate the technical terms in the underlying systems into business language.

Cons

Sadly BusinessObjects innovation has slowed since the SAP acquisition and the product has been overtaken by the likes of Tableau and Qlik, who provide easier to use options that require a lot less time to get up and running.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Raghavendar Neela

Unbeatable End to End Enterprize Business Intelligence solution

2018-10-20

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

New release are too late and other side competitor like Tableau are moving very fast 5.

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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