SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (Office)

SAP is the world’s largest business application provider. Its original business intelligence strategy was to view BI as an extension to its all-inclusive ERP offerings. This was in line with SAP’s general long-term policy of offering all-inclusive enterprise software.

SAP BW, a data warehouse management tool, and BEx, the BI front-ends, were the core products of the former SAP Business Intelligence Suite.

The two products offer a multidimensional data model and an ad hoc reporting tool for Excel as well as a development environment for creating Web applications. BEx is now in maintenance mode but is still heavily used by SAP customers.

In 2007, SAP shifted to a strategy of acquisitions to meet the needs of its customers, acquiring three BI and performance management vendors in the course of 12 months: Business Objects, Outlooksoft and Pilot Software. With the Business Objects acquisition, SAP acquired one of the broadest BI tool portfolios in the industry.

Today, SAP provides solutions for a broad set of BI usage scenarios. Based on their preferences, customers can choose between two portfolios: on-premise or in the cloud. On-premise, the vendor sells former Business Objects products plus some SAP-developed products such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio.

In the cloud, a newly developed BusinessObjects cloud solution was launched in 2015. It is positioned as a single integrated product for BI, performance management, predictive analytics and GRC.

User & Use Cases

SAP BusinessObjects Analysis is an Excel add-in that focuses on multidimensional (OLAP) analysis. SAP originally developed it as the successor product for BEx Analyzer, which is also an Excel add-in for querying and analyzing BW data and creating standard reports. When BEx Analyzer was put into maintenance mode, customers struggled to find an appropriate replacement.

We now see more and more BEx customers adopting and using SAP BO Analysis in very similar scenarios to BEx Analyzer. Due to the fact that the Analysis plug-in only supports BW and HANA data sources, it is mostly used in large scenarios.

The low percentage of employees using the product shows that it is often used by power users, who are mostly in financial departments, for analysis and creating standardized financial reports.

Current vs. planned use

N = 37

5 products most often evaluated in competition with SAP BO Analysis

N = 344

Percentage of employees using SAP BO Analysis

N = 36

Licensing models

N = 31

Number of users using SAP BO Analysis

N = 36

Tasks carried out with SAP BO Analysis by business users

N = 34

Company size (number of employees)

N = 36

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SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (Office)

Peer Groups Large international BI vendors, OLAP analysis-focused products
VendorSAP SE
Number of responses37
Revenues (2015)€20.8 billion (FY 2015)