Benefits and Insights

Why use SAP Business Analytics?

Key differentiators & advantages of SAP Business Analytics

  • SAP BusinessObjects Analysis - Gain insights faster, Filter and manipulate data, identify trends and outliers, and share findings – with easy-to-use data analysis within the familiar Microsoft Office environment. - SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence The SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) platform is a flexible and scalable information infrastructure designed to help you more easily discover and share insights for better business decisions. 

  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards - SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards offers users personalized, drag-and-drop functionality and interactive gauges, charts, and widgets – for instant access to clear, understandable metrics. - SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Create scalable, multi-dimensional visualizations for your dashboards and BI apps – to put timely, actionable information at your decision makers’ fingertips – with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. 

  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer - SAP BusinessObjects Explorer combines the simplicity and speed of Internet search with the analytical power of business intelligence – for faster, more informed decision making. Leverage intuitive, self-service data exploration with stunning visualizations, and easily share insights across your organization. 

  • SAP Crystal Reports - Turn information from almost any data source into a sophisticated, interactive report – easily – with SAP Crystal Reports for small business. 

  • SAP Crystal Server - SAP Crystal Server, a core BI software for small business, delivers reports, dashboards, and data exploration within a secure and managed infrastructure. 

  • SAP Identity Analytics - With SAP Identity Analytics, you can create analytical reports and add functionality that allows you to take action on the analytical data. 

  • SAP Lumira - Use SAP Lumira data visualization tools to combine data, analyze trends, and share valuable business intelligence (BI) in an engaging and effective way. 

  • SAP Predictive Analytics - SAP Predictive Analytics software brings predictive insight to business users, analysts, data scientists, and others in your company. By automating the building and management of sophisticated models to deliver insight in real time, this software makes it easier to make better, more profitable decisions across the enterprise.
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)

    *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
    • Limited data visualization capabilities

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

    SAS Business Analytics: Starting at $1,365 per month for mentioned user capacity

    IBM Watson Analytics: Starting at $30/user/month

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