3 out of 5.0, Reviewed Aug 15, 2016
SAP BW is a mature technology, but is evolving due to the digital economy. Our company is leveraging lot reporting tools developed internally to support business functions around the world.
Use SAP BW or BI tools for summarized reporting only for executive management and do not try to make into an Operation Intelligence and Analytics tool.
Faster speed and easier to develop tools
It is not an end user self-service tool and needs dedicated development teams to provide the reports to end users. This can make the IT response to organizational reporting needs less agile.
Provide better user interface for BW. I believe they are now moving into this space with SAP HANA technology
Architect the BW cubes development differently since currently the tool is being used for summarized reporting and also as source for operational intelligence. This is because the operational analytics tools like SAP OpInt or other third party tools did not exist when we embarked on our journey.
We have annual maintenance contract with SAP
3 out of 5.0, Reviewed May 12, 2016
The technology has great potential. It is still immature and expensive. Native integration with core SAP ERP is good, but to be a pure analytics system which integrates to other data sources, it's not the best fit.
If you need reporting for SAP data, go for it. Otherwise, look at other solutions that can integrate well.
Potential of the technology.
Do a better TCO analysis.
2 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 16, 2016
SAP IQ (NLS) has not been a good fit so far.
1. Ensure that you are on BW7.4 as the performance prior to this version (lack of smart data access is a bottleneck 2. Plan for extensive change management. We expected all our existing queries to work seamlessly through NLS, but many queries have to be redesigned to make it efficient for NLS
Seamless integration with BW, so end users can use existing interfaces to get data from BW and NLS
Educate us on product compatibility / interoperability prior to start of project.
We would not have purchased this product in 2015, as it was not ready for our environment.
2 out of 5.0, Reviewed Jun 8, 2015
Frustrated by a lack of direction in their roadmap regarding end-user tools and capabilities for analyzing data. The roadmap continuously changes with no migration path. Also requires extremely skilled technical users to be able to implement and transition.
Performance and ability to remove data aggregation layers.
Lack of integration capabilities with other front-end tools; vendor often attempts to tie/rope businesses into full solution when back-end solution might be great, but front-end/end-user tools are not intuitive.
Understand the overall impact to existing datawarehouse as well as process changes being made to transactional systems (if occurring at the same time)
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4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 31, 2015
Strong working relationship with vendor. Large base of embedded code and end user knowledge. Bumps were generally manageable from end user perspective. Took effort to integrate into our environment.
Envision a completely successfuly adoption and installation. Then envision of the worst case of what that would mean. From that, adjust your practices.
Ease of use, User interface. Clarity to end users.
Metadata with respect to reports and universes are captured but not in an empowering manner. It takes much work to figure out how the product is being used
The vendor had a good relationship with us and wasn't truly competing. I think they could have offered insights and guidance to us that another vendor was willing to do.
To some extent, our difficulties were self inflicted. We did not upgrade hardware; we did not examine governance issues within BI. We did not look at how to manage the function. We just installed the software.
Responsive to questions, though they occasionally need prodding.
Integration difficulties were our own creation, not theirs.
2 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 31, 2015
The strength of the SAP BI tool is in inherent integration to ECC through standard BW extractors. Outside of that cumbersome modelling environment it requires a long change management process. Also, BOBJ 3.1 version was broken in many aspects and created a bad taste with the business that took years after the deployment to correct.
SAP service is not great. The BOBJ reporting suite is still maturing. By the time we deploy one of their products, they have already overhauled it and gone in a completely other way. They sold back licenses to the client for tools which were in the original SAP BI suite - for eg, BEX analyzer and Web is sold back in the BOBJ 4.1 version as Analysis for office and Analysis for OLAP. Performance is a big problem in reporting and the integration of BOBJ with SAP BW is very poor.
Standard extractors and other extractor logic to bring in SAP data.
Integrated their BI products better and had a relatively stable product catalog and vision.
Look at other competing vendors for products with high scalability.
4 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 30, 2015
Very expensive, very SAP focused. Provided excellent consultants.
SAP BW HANA is an excellent product as long as it works standalone or with other SAP products. It is poorly integrated with the products from other vendors.
SAP provided excellent service and support but it was caused by the fact that our implementation was the largest one in the world and SAP wanted to make it successful. I haven't experienced such a good service and support from SAP in other areas.
SAP was heavily involved during the entire project which helped us migrate to the production without any major issues.
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