Has anyone recently implemented a BI system to work directly with SAP R/3? If so, what product are you using and what has your experience been? We are currently evaluating Emanio Context, Host Analytics, and Qlikview. Are there others we should consider?
Business Information Systems used with SAP
I am sure you looked at them, but left off your list: Business Objects. BO is the top (I believe they're still #1) BI platform extant, and SAP bought them some time back. I used BO on R3 for analyzing high volume user data. It worked, but at the time they were not one company and not integrated out-of-the-box so we had to do a custom installation which ended up being over budget and longer than expected. No surprise given the amount of data we were harnessing and the ever-changing needs coming from our analysis group and
In addition, the finance person in me always wanted BO to work like a spreadsheet, only with fewer size restrictions, and it's a long way from that. This is not unique to Business Objects, all BI tools fall way short on that promise (at least all that we tried and we hit the top 4 solutions in our buying process). In the end it worked and worked well enough. The users still wanted a)easier and b)faster, but it gets the job done.
Sorry I can't speak to your other platforms noted above.
Business Objects can be a very powerful tool in conjunction with SAP. When deploying any software, to maximize its efficiency, you have to invest in subject matter experts that can build the reporting or train your finance &
You may already own all of the licenses necessary for a SharePoint / PerformancePoint solution.
Host Analytics is mostly a budgeting and planning vendor.
And QlikTech is a light reporting and dashboard vendor.
I don't know about Emanio.
Given that these are different capabilities, I think it would be helpful to understand what business problem you are trying to address?
Are primarily looking at planning and some variance analysis?
Are you looking for consolidation and financial reporting?
QlikTech is not a good option for either one of these use cases.
As mentioned above SAP BusinessObjects has both BI and budgeting/planning solutions. The BI solution now has some pre-built reports and dashboards.