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We performed a comparison between SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform and TIBCO Spotfire based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two BI (Business Intelligence) Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. TIBCO Spotfire Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"It provides flexibility for creating reports. It is very good for creating highly-complex reports. I like this solution because when I buy BusinessObjects, it comes with many components, such as reporting, dashboard, and data visualization tools. Its performance is good. It is running on top of SAP BW and SAP HANA.""We find that we can scale it as needed.""The planning and dashboarding features have been useful. Additionally, the fixed-format reports are good.""The platform uses a lot of Java technologies so the performance and system-level management are tricky because it needs a lot of resources.""There are two tools inside BusinessObjects' schematic layout called the Universal Design Tool and Information Design Tool. These are the most powerful tools that set BusinessObjects' reporting from other solutions. If my organization has 300 or 400 tables, I can combine all of them into one universe, and everyone can use that. It is just a schematic layout that does not hold any data but the table relationships.""It is more user-friendly and easier to work with the report creation part, creating reports out of an established universe. Maybe a business person could liberate the existing universe and create a report on top of it, as well. So that's one cool feature.""I like the fact that we can integrate it seamlessly within our Epic environment, but probably the best thing that Crystal Reports offers is the ability to do visualizations. They're simple to do, and they're catchy. So, it is a really great tool.""BusinessObjects can handle a lot of usage on the front end, and many users can view these reports. It's a relatively stable and secure tool."

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"It’s stable and straightforward.""It's scalable.""The most valuable features of TIBCO Spotfire are visualization. It's very nice, clear, and, flexible. You can analyze many data types and the user interface is very good.""The out-of-the-box features are simple and easy to use across the board.""This solution allows us to integrate data from across all client departments, for effective reporting via a single dashboard.""The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product.""Spotfire is excellent for scientific applications, especially because of its integration with RNG."

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Cons
"Recently, it's become less stable if I am working on Citrix.""SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform has to be improved performance-wise. The look and feel of this application, its scalability, setup, and technical support also need improvement.""The solution can improve by having more analytical features.""Its price should be better. It is expensive and not cost-effective. It should also be improved in terms of end-user experience. It requires further improvements for usability and ease of use. It should have more dashboarding metrics and much faster integration with ERP so that when you double click, you can instantly see the scenario-based result.""The user interface should be easier to use and navigate.""The UI could be updated a bit.""Tableau was easier for me to use because the interface is more similar to Excel which I was used to using.""It would be good if they could integrate the possibility for end users to create end models for themselves that they can use, especially for site operators, and if they could provide the end user not only the self-service BI, but also the self-service analytics, based on a predefined model, the same way that Oracle did."

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"The initial setup can be difficult.""We would like to see some improvement in the default properties of the solution, so that there is less need for us to spend our time coding.""I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients.""When you do the data loading, it is slow.""The initial setup of TIBCO Spotfire is in the middle range of difficulty. The initial setup of Power BI is easier.""Personalising Spotfire, as a whole, is painful and is something that could be made easier.""The handling and consumption of realtime data could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is fair."
  • "It is not cost-effective. It is expensive."
  • "I have always found SAP BI to be expensive. It is expensive even when you compare SAP BI Cloud with Microsoft Power BI. Power BI is probably around $9.99 per month, and the cheapest SAP BI is around $20, which is double. In terms of price, Power BI is definitely a lot better. If you have budget issues, you may want to go for Power BI."
  • "We purchase licenses through Epic. So, we get an Epic price as opposed to the SAP price. If we were going to use other products like Webby that they offer or exclusively use BI Launch Pad, it would cost a lot because half of our employees would touch it in some fashion. So, we use Epic-Crystal integration to keep the licensing cost down. I believe the BI Launch Pad licensing is something like $800 for each, and the Crystal Report licensing is something like $500 for each, but that's not what we pay."
  • "The price and the pricing model are fine. We find the solution does not give us a lot of additional value."
  • "SAP is losing market to its competitors because of its costly user license and licensing model. They can do much better on the licensing side. That's what Microsoft has been doing, and that's why Power BI is gaining market share at the moment. SAP needs to relax a little bit on the licensing part. If Microsoft is giving people a solution that is half of the cost of SAP, people will definitely go with Power BI."
  • "SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is an expensive application."
  • "We are satisfied with the solution, but we are not satisfied with the licensing cost which SAP offers. They offer one lumpsum licensing which does everything. That is not the right strategy, because sometimes you don't have power users, they are only viewers, but we need to buy the full license for them. This is not something we want to continue with."
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  • "The cost is a few hundred dollars per user per year."
  • "The cost of TIBCO Spotfire could improve. It should be less expensive. It's the most expensive visualization tool in our company."
  • "The price-point for this solution is negotiable depending on usage levels."
  • "This product carries a monthly licensing charge, with the amount depending on the features that are to be included. This costs also covers the use of technical support."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:There are many...It would rather depend what System BI architecture or Enterprise legacy you have at your end...I would recommend as follows:  1) If you have legacies of SAP, Oracle  - look for SAP… more »
    Top Answer:Both tools have their positives and negatives. First, I should mention that I am relatively new to Tableau. I have been working on and off Tableau for about a year, but getting to work on it… more »
    Top Answer:This is a standard licensing fee. It is not a subscription model, but you must purchase a perpetual license for this.
    Top Answer:The ability to create a real-time data mark, using just one piece of software, is the best feature of this product.
    Top Answer:I would like to see the visualization library in this solution expanded, so that I can increase what I can offer to our clients. I would also like an option for dashboard creation on mobile and tablet… more »
    Top Answer:I use this solution to handle business intelligence issues.
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    Also Known As
    SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, Business Objects
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    Overview

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence is a centralized suite for data reporting, visualization, and sharing. SAP BusinessObjects BI provides a flexible, scalable platform that leverages up-to-date technologies and a comprehensive range of data sources to transform data into valuable insights, available anytime, anywhere.

    SAP BusinessObjects BI’s central, user-friendly, web-based interface provides simple data access and interactive analysis through a variety of customizable graphical reporting formats. Intelligent reporting, analysis, and a sophisticated dashboard allow users to ask business questions involving multiple data sources using their own business terms.

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Key Features

    • Central management: Access all your BI from a single, central launchpad that can be customized to meet user-specific needs. The launchpad provides business users with access to all their BI tools, reports, notifications, and applications in a single place. This includes the ability to launch SAP Analytics Cloud.

    • Data visualization and analytics: Create powerful visualizations, dashboards, and applications to assess risk, improve efficiency, identify opportunities, and enable users to analyze developments and data. Business insights can be shared with colleagues across enterprises.

    • Integration with Microsoft Office: Integrate with SAP Business Warehouse and SAP HANA to power real-time analytics. For large-scale data analysis, you can integrate with Microsoft Excel to discover in-depth business insights and forecasts. Data analytics information can also be embedded into Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

    • Cloud support: Extend and expand your BI on the cloud. SAP Analytics Cloud connects your BI to the cloud and offers enterprise planning and advanced analytics from a single online solution.

    Reviews from Real Users

    SAP BusinessObjects BI stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its user-friendly dashboard, its impressive reporting and analytic features, and its ability to integrate with multiple solutions.

    A managing partner at a tech services company writes, "One of the most valuable features of SAP BusinessObjects is that it's not a dashboarding solution. It's a real product. You can create operational reports and publish it to anyone. You can create schedules. You can create a Universe, semantic layers. There's also a security configuration. It's a huge product, so if there is a business need, SAP BusinessObjects can cover it."

    An associate manager at a consultancy notes, "It provides flexibility for creating reports. It is very good for creating highly complex reports. I like this solution because when I buy BusinessObjects, it comes with many components, such as reporting, dashboard, and data visualization tools. Its performance is good. It is running on top of SAP BW and SAP HANA."

    A manager of data analytics and interfaces at a healthcare company says, "It has got great flexibility. As a reporting tool, it has a great deal of flexibility for numerous data resources that you can bring into it. It allows you to write your SQL query directly within the product. It has great visualization. 

    TIBCO Spotfire is your secret weapon. You can create beautiful, interactive visualizations that will help you find the critical insights hiding in your data - fast. Spotfire gives you the tools to quickly and easily examine, organize, analyze and comprehend your data to see connections, patterns, and opportunities.

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    Sample Customers
    SRAM, Kennametal, Fairfax Water, British American Tobacco, Velux, and FedEx.
    Allergan, ASSS de Montreal, Avantium, Blue River, Bank of Montreal, Citibank, FrieslandCampina, Hellmann Logistics, Merck, Novartis
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company20%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Retailer6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
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    Energy/Utilities Company26%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Pharma/Biotech Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Pharma/Biotech Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. TIBCO Spotfire
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. TIBCO Spotfire and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is ranked 3rd in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 33 reviews while TIBCO Spotfire is ranked 9th in BI (Business Intelligence) Tools with 7 reviews. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is rated 7.8, while TIBCO Spotfire is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform writes "Integrates very well with SAP ERP, allows you to scale up or down anytime, and is absolutely trustworthy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TIBCO Spotfire writes "Excellent for scientific applications with a good ability to customize". SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform is most compared with SAP Analytics Cloud, Microsoft BI, Oracle OBIEE, MicroStrategy and IBM Cognos, whereas TIBCO Spotfire is most compared with Microsoft BI, Tableau, QlikView, Qlik Sense and Palantir Foundry. See our SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform vs. TIBCO Spotfire report.

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