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Why use SAP Business Analytics?

Key differentiators & advantages of SAP Business Analytics

  • Make Confident Business Decisions: SAP Analytics facilitates data-driven decision-making via business intelligence, augmented analytics and collaborative planning features that help users work together to identify opportunities in data.
  • Empower Employees With Data: Employees of all levels have role-appropriate access to proprietary data with the SAP business analytics suite. This reduces data silos and promotes data literacy throughout the organization.
  • Plan Collaboratively: Management can improve planning alignment between departments and tap into their organization’s collective knowledge to make cohesive decisions based on collaborating.
  • Turn Data into Value: SAP Analytics connects people, information and ideas to promote quick, confident decision-making based on insights drawn from the organization’s unique proprietary data.
  • Streamline Analytics: SAP business analytics integrates with existing data platforms and sources to simplify the analytics processes and streamline points A through Z.

Industry Expertise

SAP Analytics is designed to serve organizations in any industry, but has a proven track record in financial services, manufacturing, retail, utilities, consumer products, HR, IT, supply chain and marketing.

Key Features

  • Data Warehousing: SAP data warehouse cloud combines data from disparate sources in real time and processes it into a single secure, accessible database for analysis. It simplifies data access by storing and delivering rich semantic information via the cloud. 
  • Augmented Insights: Users can discover reasons for past results by identifying patterns in the data and use these insights to accelerate growth. AI and machine learning simulate future scenarios and let them predict outcomes based on specified inputs in data modeling environments.
  • Customized Environment: SAP HANA provides multiple tenant databases that ensure completely unique instances of the software, even within an organization. It integrates data from a variety of sources and offers advanced customization options to meet organizations’ unique needs.
  • Real-Time Processing: SAP BW/4HANA ensures real-time processing of high-volume data via an intuitive user interface. Users can perform simplified data modeling to uncover insights and make predictions.
  • Centralized Planning: SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP integrated business planning offer real-time scenario simulations, predictive analytics, embedded analytics and reporting functions that connect business planning processed across locations in the 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
  • Limited data visualization capabilities

SAP Analytics Suite Support

mail_outlineEmail: For immediate, low-urgency support, users can chat with their support team by going to the SAP ONE support launchpad and selecting “expert chat.”

phonePhone: To schedule a 30-minute call with an expert support engineer, users can choose the “book now” option on supported product features. Calls must be scheduled at least three days in advance.

schoolTraining: SAP offers a wide variety of training options including self-paced e-Learning via the SAP Learning Hub, third-party certification courses, instructor-led training and on-site training.

local_offerTickets: Before submitting a support ticket, users should navigate to the “Find a Solution” option on their launchpad homepage. This will take them to the knowledge base where they can review previously identified issues and look for an existing solution. If they are unable to find one, they can submit a ticket by selecting the “contact SAP support” button.

Cost of Ownership

Cost Structure for SAP Business Analytics Suite:

License/Subscription Cost
  • On-Premise:

    - Licensing-based model, required to pay upfront fee to own the software plus IP for a fixed term, along with installation, customization and integration costs

    - Price is dependent on the size of the business, functionality requirements and number of users

    - There is also an 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, except for SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Office

  • Cloud-based/SaaS:

    Recurring subscription based model – depends on number of users

Maintenance Cost
  • On-Premise: Support licenses are charged 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 the number of users
Pricing Details
Product Name Description Price/Details
Subscription Cost for SAP Business Analytics Suite
  • SAP Business Analytics Suite consist of:

    - SAP Business Intelligence (BI) Suite: SAP Business Objects BI and SAP Analytics Cloud

    - Predictive Analytics: SAP Predictive Analytics and SAP Analytics Cloud

    - SAP Lumira

    - SAP Crystal Reports

    Price varies depending on the module/plan selected
SAP 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, query and analysis (using Crystal Reports, Web Intelligence, BusinessObjects Voyager, and BusinessObjects Desktop Intelligence)
    Starts from $55,000/annum
SAP 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/annum for minimum 10 named users
SAP Predictive Analytics
  • Automated Analytics
  • Expert Analytics
  • Model Management
  • Data Manager
  • Predictive Scoring
  • Social and Recommendation
  • Advanced Visualization
  • Pricing information available on request
  • License-based subscription – based on number of users and functionality being used
  • On-Premise deployment
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/user/month 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
SAP Business Objects Lumira: Standard Edition
  • Access XLSX, CSV files, Databases and SAP HANA
  • Transform and manipulate data
  • Visualize data with charts and maps
  • Create and share storyboards
  • $185/user (one-time fees)
  • Regional pricing may vary
  • Free trial available
  • Cloud-based/SaaS deployment
  • No contracts
  • No Maintenance
SAP Business Objects Lumira: Desktop Edition
  • Includes all base features and capabilities from SAP Lumira – Standard Edition
  • SAP ERP and BW connectivity
  • Covered by SAP Enterprise support or SAP standard support
  • Free upgrades to the next major version under the support agreement
  • Pricing information available on request
  • SAP Crystal Report
    • Custom templates
    • Drill down
    • Powerful data mash-ups
    • Automatic push notification and installation
    • Auto save
    • Field Explorer
    • Automatic patch notification and installation
    • SAP Crystal Report 2016 Full Product: $495/user license
    • SAP Crystal Reports 2016 Version Upgrade: $295/user license
    • SAP Crystal Reports 2013 Full product: $495/user license (previous version)
    Deployment Options What options are available for product deployment?
    • On-Premise and Cloud-based/SaaS
    Pricing Model What is the pricing model? Subscription-based and Licensing Model
    Minimum Commitment SAP Business Objects:

    - 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? Yes (30 Days)


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