SAP has two world class approaches to analytics available at the same time – the classic SAP BusinessObjects on-premise suite of tools and the new SAP Analytics Cloud environment.
The on-premise BusinessObjects tools include Web Intelligence, Lumira, Crystal Reports, Live Office and the ability to create SAP ‘universes’. In its ‘Edge’ configuration you can purchase licences that also include a copy of Data Integrator – a leading data warehousing tool. This suite of software is installed on a server (either virtual or physical, locally or cloud hosted) and accessed via a mixture of browser and client tools. Licencing is by named user or concurrent sessions, with an annual maintenance charge.
SAP Analytics Cloud is a cloud based BI tool that encompasses visualisation, data exploration, planning and predictive capabilities. It has market-leading data-modelling and visualisation tools to allow users to connect to cloud or on-premise data-sources, combine information, manipulate fields, add calculations and display the output interactively with great ease. It has a per-user monthly-subscription model for licencing making it easily scalable.
The two approaches will be brought closer and closer together in the coming years, as on-premise BusinessObjects is linked to SAC in hybrid environments, and SAC evolves to be able to consume and replicate universes, Web Intelligence reports and other functionality.
Both systems have their strengths:
Finally, with the different tools available it has an option for every niche:
Both SAP systems are enterprise-level BI environments that can help you turn data into actionable information. DSCallards can help you decide which one is better for your requirements.