Benefits and Insights

Why use SAP Business Objects?

Key differentiators & advantages of SAP Business Objects

  • Real-time Analytics: SAP BusinessObjects connects with many SAP applications like SAP Business Warehouse and SAP HANA to power real-time analytics. 
  • Native apps for iOS and Android: The product offers native apps for iOS and Android with features like charts, visualizations and reports. 
  • Efficient and High-volume Content Delivery: SAP BusinessObjects can distribute content throughout a large organization to make sure its business users have access to real-time business intelligence anytime, anywhere. 
  • 25+ Prebuilt Data Connectors: SAP BusinessObjects offers over 25 data connectors to data sources such as SAP HANA, Apache Hadoop Hive, Cloudera Impala, Amazon EMR Hive, Apache Spark, IBM IDS and more. 
  • MS Office Integration: SAP BusinessObjects integrates with Microsoft Office products such as Excel for large-scale data analysis and Powerpoint to share visualizations. 
  • SAP Ecosystem: The product's capabilities can be extended by using APIs and tools from SAP ecosystem to build sample applications, extensions, and open integration with SAP products. 
Cost of Ownership

Cost Structure for SAP BusinessObjects:

License/Subscription Cost
  • On-Premise: Pricing is dependent on the size of business and the specific tools/CPU/roles required. There is also option of Named User Licenses (a non-shareable license for a single person that provides guaranteed access to the software) and Concurrent User Licenses (a single logon to the BI Platform by anyone. Logons using the concurrent session metric are limited by availability of a free session in the session pool). The Named User license provides access to all desktop software. The Concurrent User Licenses are not supported for most desktop software, with the exception of SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Office.
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: Depends on the number of users
Maintenance Cost
  • On-Premise: Support licenses are charges over and above the license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: Included in license/subscription cost
Installation/Implementation Cost
  • On-Premise: Included in the license cost
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: No installation cost
Customization Cost Will vary depending on the functional requirements such as configurable dashboards, type of data elements required for tracking, complexity of workflows, etc
Data Migration Cost/Change Management/Upfront Switching Cost Dependent on your current software, amount of data to be migrated, availability of migration tools, complexity of data and gaps between the existing system and the new system
Training Cost
  • On-premise: Dependent on the type of training opted by an Organization, whether it is end-user training or group/department training or video/self-training or training the trainer.
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: Included in the subscription cost
Recurring/Renewal Costs
  • On-Premise: Will depend on the type of license purchased – named user or concurrent user, Enterprise or Small Business
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: Renewal cost is equivalent to the fees paid monthly or annually, based on number of users
Pricing Details
Product Name Description Price/Details
BusinessObjects Enterprise Premium – License (For large enterprises)
  • Dashboard layout capabilities
  • Interactive visual analytics including the added ease of displaying BusinessObjects
  • Web Intelligence
  • Crystal reports
  • BusinessObjects Xcelsius
  • Enterprise visualizations through a dashboard view
  • Full content creation and developer interfaces for reporting, and query and analysis (using Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, BusinessObjects Voyager, and BusinessObjects Desktop Intelligence)
Starts from $55,000 per annum
BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition – License (For medium sized business)
  • 5 concurrent sessions
  • Comprehensive business intelligence (BI), information management, and performance management
Starts from $14,000 per annum for minimum 10 named users
SAP Analytics Cloud*: Business Plan
  • Business Intelligence functionality only
  • Up to 20 users ($21 per user/month)
  • Basic data source connections (excel, csv, and Google Sheets)
  • Enterprise-level data source connections (SAP HANA, SQL, OData Services, and more)
  • 1 on 1 training with a product coach
  • Team collaboration features
  • 24/7 SAP Support
  • $21 per month per user for minimum 20 users
  • Billed quarterly or annually
SAP Analytics Cloud*: Enterprise Plan
  • All Business plan features
  • Unlimited users
  • Optional upgrade for planning and predictive analytics
  • Personal customer success manager
Pricing available on request only
Deployment Options What options are available for product deployment?
  • On-premise
  • Cloud-based/SaaS
Pricing Model What is the pricing model? Subscription and Licensing Models
Minimum Commitment Is there a minimum monthly or yearly commitment required for purchase?
  • On-premise: Minimum 10 users and yearly commitment
  • Cloud-based/SaaS: Minimum 20 users and quarterly payment
Custom Quote Is there an option of requesting custom quote? Available
Free Trial Does the vendor provide a free trial option? Available (for 30 days)

*SAP BusinessObjects Cloud is now SAP Analytics Cloud

Product Limitations

Some of the product limitations include:

  • Requires large amount of hardware resources
  • Recovery is not easy in case of failure
  • Less flexible with new format of MS Office
  • Requires a lot of internal IT support and maintenance
  • Not flexible with data input methods or formats
  • Limited data visualization capabilities

SAS Visual Analytics: $1,365 per month for mentioned user capacity

Microsoft Power BI: Starting at $9.99 per user per month

Dundas: Starting at $6 per month per user

Pricing for Business Intelligence Tools

SAP Business Objects Reviews

The following reviews for SAP Business Objects are taken from the SelectHub ReviewFeed which collects and aggregates reviews from across a variety of online review platforms such as Capterra, Software Advice, Gartner Peerinsights, PC Mag and G2 Crowd.

Healthcare / Social Services
10000 - 24999
We use it for creating internal purchase order
We used SAP system quite often for purchasing lab items from supply store. And the supply store in University will ship the items basically within a day, so the system is quite efficient for ordering. Lab manager and account manager can also track the spending and let us know the status of the budget.
I don't have any problem using this system. We have been using this system for a long time.
Software / IT
100 - 499
SAP BusinessObjects
User interface is very easy and report development is quite easy.
I think it uses a lot of memory. It should be able to work with less
We are a company offering call center solutions. This software is being used for report needs.
Software / IT
50 - 99
Easy and Convenient
I can easily find the solution in internet. And I can easily drag and drop the columns of the tables I selected in DFX to BLX.
Information Design Tool app to be accelerated for the designer
It's easy and fun to drag and drop columns, but as I mentioned above, the Informatin Design Tool application is a bit slow. I recommend Sap Bo in general.
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