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MicroStrategy 9 vs SAP BusinessObjects 4.1

A whitepaper from MicroStrategy Inc. comparing MicroStrategy 9.4.1 and SAP BusinessObjects 4.1. Source: https://www.microstrategy.com/us/company/white-papers

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MicroStrategy 9 vs SAP BusinessObjects 4.1

  1. 1. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. MICROSTRATEGY 9.4.1VS. SAP BUSINESSOBJECTS 4.1 A comparison of key BI capabilities (July 2014)
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  3. 3. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. MICROSTRATEGYVS. SAP BUSINESSOBJECTS – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY KEY CONSIDERATIONS MICROSTRATEGY SAP BUSINESS OBJECTS 1.ARCHITECTURAL EFFICIENCY a. METADATA ARCHITECTURE – Single, reusable and object-oriented metadata vs. multiple metadata silos STRONG AVERAGE b. MULTI-SOURCE - MicroStrategy’s ability to combine different data sources vs. BusinessObjects’ restrictive multisource STRONG AVERAGE c. SECURITY ARCHITECTURE – Centralized and easy to manage security vs. decentralized security STRONG AVERAGE 2. SELF-SERVICE (DATA DISCOVERY) a. AGILE ANALYTICS – Business friendly self-service analytics and rapid dashboard development STRONG AVERAGE b. SELF-SERVICE ARCHITECTURE – MicroStrategy’s fully integrated data discovery vs. BusinessObjects’ limited integration STRONG AVERAGE 3. ENTERPRISE-GRADE DASHBOARDS – Powerful design capabilities vs. limited dashboard experience STRONG AVERAGE 4. NATIVE MOBILE BI APPS – Native Mobile apps that users love vs. BusinessObjects’ limited mobile capabilities STRONG AVERAGE 5. PROACTIVE BUSINESS MONITORING AND ALERTING – Proactive monitoring vs. limited proactive monitoring STRONG AVERAGE 6.TRANSACTIONS AND WRITE-BACK – Actionable vs. non-actionable dashboards and mobile apps STRONG NO SUPPORT 7. OPERATIONAL REPORTING & DOCUMENTS – Ability to modify documents in Web vs. limited capabilities to modify in Web STRONG AVERAGE 8.ADVANCED INTERACTIVITY – Interact with different levels of data through prompting, drilling, and searching STRONG AVERAGE 9. PERFORMANCE AND SCALABILITY - Superior performance at scale vs. performance limitations at scale STRONG AVERAGE 10.ADMINISTRATION EFFICIENCY – Higher efficiency using administration tools vs. limited administration tools STRONG AVERAGE 11. DEPLOYMENT FLEXIBILITY - BI on-premises or in the cloud STRONG AVERAGE 12. INDUSTRY ANALYSTS – Get unbiased perspective from one of the top industry analysts – BiScorecard STRONG AVERAGE 3
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  5. 5. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. ARCHITECTURAL EFFICIENCY – METADATA ARCHITECTURE MicroStrategy’s single unified architecture vs. BusinessObjects’ multiple interfaces architecture 1.a. Other BI ToolsMICROSTRATEGY MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Single Unified Architecture: MicroStrategy’s BI platform is organically developed from the ground up without any acquisitions. A single metadata, server, and code base enables centralized security and administration as well as tighter product integration. Multiple User Interfaces: BusinessObjects is a collection of tools having two separate tools for dashboarding, reporting, data discovery, and architecture. Most of these tools are not properly integrated with each other. BusinessObjects’ portal is necessary to combine different user interfaces together since BusinessObjects reports and reporting objects do not fully integrate across their distinct tools, or from their desktop to Web interfaces. 2 Highly Object-Oriented Development and Object Reusability: Reusability of metadata components ensure that the same analytic object is used over and over at many different places across many reports and dashboards, and also as building block to create other analytic objects. Any change made to the reusable metadata components automatically propagate to all dependent objects ensuring easy and automated change management. MicroStrategy’s object-oriented metadata contains the most reusable objects including but not limited to attributes, metrics, filters, prompts, consolidations, custom groups, reports and templates. Local Reporting Objects Not Shareable Among Users: Many calculations, conditions and prompts are typically created anew for each new report and cannot be easily used as building blocks to build other reporting objects. Report developers cannot create report objects as stand alone and reuse them across different reports creating redundant work and too many objects that serve the same purpose to maintain. MicroStrategy offers a much superior metadata architecture as compared to SAP BusinessObjects 5
  6. 6. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. ARCHITECTURAL EFFICIENCY – MULTISOURCE MicroStrategy’s ability to combine different data sources vs. BusinessObjects’ restrictive multi-source MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Enterprise-Wide View of Information due to Multi-Sourcing: MicroStrategy provides the ability to combine data from different data sources into an enterprise-wide single version of the truth. No OLAP-ROLAP Multi-Sourcing: Unlike MicroStrategy, BusinessObjects cannot create reports that get and combine data from both of a relational and multidimensional data source. 2 Seamless Navigation Across Multiple Data Sources: MicroStrategy’s unified multi- dimensional business model allows companies to create a single logical view spanning multiple data sources, making it easy to add any new data sources. Users are able to seamlessly drill across multiple data sources. Insufficient Multi-Source Data Access: BusinessObjects 4.0 introduced multi- source universes. But this functionality can only be used with relational data sources. Furthermore, performance is far from ideal because it does not leverage the database and joins the results from different data sources in-memory. 6 1.b. Create a unified enterprise-wide view from all your data assets
  7. 7. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. Enterprise-Class Security at Every Level of the BI Architecture ARCHITECTURE EFFICIENCY – SECURITY ARCHITECTURE Centralized and easy to manage security infrastructure vs. decentralized Security management MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Centralized and Pervasive Security: MicroStrategy provides centralized security administration across the entire platform. Security can be managed for all reports and documents from a single location. De-Centralized Security: BusinessObjects security is often defined in at least three tools: Universe Designer or Information DesignTool,Central Management Console and BusinessView Manager, increasing the chances of human error. BusinessObjects’ two different data discovery tools require redundant security and maintenance.This results in extra manual work and spread-mart issues. 2 Object-Level Access Privileges: Administrators can assign access control privileges (read, write, use, delete, execute, and browse) on individual metadata objects like attributes metrics, filters, custom groups, and others. Limited Flexibility Setting User Privileges: BusinessObjects offer administrators very limited granularity for setting group and user privileges.This limits the control administrators have over user access. 7 1.c.
  8. 8. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. SELF-SERVICE (DATA DISCOVERY) – AGILE ANALYTICS Business friendly self-service analytics and rapid dashboard development MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Integrated Self-Service over the Web: MicroStrategy Visual Insight is Web-based, thus, requires no separate installation before use. It is a drag-and-drop interface that supports advanced visualizations like Google map, network visualization, waterfall, heat map, and micro charts, thus, helping users efficiently display trends and anomalies in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Two Separate Data Discovery Tools with Limited Integration: BusinessObjects has two tools – SAP Lumira and BusinessObjects Explorer. Explorer only supports visualizations with two dimensions and up to three measures. Users have no way of customizing these visualizations. The other tool is Desktop client called Lumira, which was released in May 2013 and currently only supports a single visualization at a time. The only way to have multiple visualizations is to create a story board. 2 Business friendly Graphical Query Builder: MicroStrategy provides a simple drag-and-drop style graphical query builder. Business users with little or no knowledge of SQL can easily define data relationship and create their own data model through the intuitive graphical interface. Graphical Query Builder Not Provided: Neither SAP Lumira nor BusinessObjects Explorer provide a graphical interface to allow business users to drag-and-drop data fields to define data relationships while viewing the resulting data model as a diagram. 3 Built-in Best Practices for Visual Exploration: A number of visual exploration best practices embedded within the product. For example, visualization suggestion engine, auto geocoding, auto time hierarchy creation, multiple shelf's like color-by, and size-by for easy multidimensional analysis. No Built-in Best Practices for Visual Exploration are Supported: BusinessObjects does not support a visualization suggestion mechanism in Lumira or Explorer. 4 Mobile Accessible Dashboards: Interactive visualizations created in Visual Insight can be viewed in any mobile device, thus, allowing the users to interact with data on the go. Visualizations available on Mobile Devices: Starting version 4.1, the two mobile apps (Explorer and SAP Mobile) have been combined into one app. Now visualizations from both Lumira and Explorer can be seen on the same SAP Mobile app. 5 Data Blending Capabilities: MicroStrategy allows the definition of a single visualization with attributes/metrics feeding from multiple datasets (reports/cubes) from within Enterprise Dashboards and Visual insight. In addition, it allows joining modeled and un-modeled datasets. Limited Data Blending Capabilities: SAP Lumira allows joining multiple data sources into a single cube. However, unlike MicroStrategy, it cannot join data between different cube data sources into a single visualization. Explorer does not support data blending capabilities. Rapid data analysis and dashboard creation 8 Graphical Query Builder for easy data preparation 2.a.
  9. 9. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. SELF-SERVICE (DATA DISCOVERY) – SELF-SERVICE ARCHITECTURE MicroStrategy’s Fully Integrated Data Discovery vs. BusinesObjects’ Limited Integration 9 MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Fully Integrated Data Discovery Utilizes Platform ACL’s: MicroStrategy Visual Insight is fully integrated with the MicroStrategy platform and provides the option to utilize the existing schema layer. This ensures reusability of datasets and a single version of the truth for all users. As a result, MicroStrategy enables a managed self-service environment free of spread-marts and data siloes. MicroStrategy Visual Insight automatically utilizes users’ object-level access control privileges from the platform security setup. Partially Integrated Data Discovery: BusinessObjects’ two different data discovery tools require redundant security and maintenance. Duplicate access control privileges and object definitions create multiple versions of the truth. This results in extra manual work and spread-mart issues. SAP Lumira is not integrated with BusinessObjects platform. While Lumira supports Universes from versions 3.x and 4.x as data sources, it does not use BusinessObjects’ security, privileges, permissions etc. This is on the roadmap. Thus, users are left confused and concerned as Lumira is fractured from the enterprise. 2.b. Single Version of the Truth DWH CubeCube DWH Agility for business Manageability and consistency for IT
  10. 10. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. ENTERPRISE-GRADE DASHBOARDS MicroStrategy’s powerful dashboard creation vs. BusinessObjects’ limited dashboard experience MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Fully Integrated Dashboards with Powerful and Flexible Design Experience: Developers have exceptional flexibility to create highly interactive, pixel-perfect dashboards. A number of design capabilities such as WYSIWYG interface, multi-tab and multi-layered layouts, large number of selector controls for filtering flexibility and performing targeted filtering, information windows for contextual pop-ups, dashboard linking and screen designing for building workflows, fine-grained formatting capabilities, and wealth of interactive visualizations and widget controls provide a flexible and powerful design experience. Multiple Dashboarding Tools with Limitations in Design Experience: BusinessObjects currently sells two separate but overlapping dashboarding products: BusinessObjects Design Studio and BusinessObjects Dashboards (formerly known as Xcelsius) forcing users to choose between dashboards connecting to SAP HANA/BW cubes or a relational database. The two dashboarding tools are not integrated with each other, thus, the dashboard created in one tool, cannot be used/seen in the other. Both the tools have limitations in certain features such as no native drill controls, no support for information windows, dashboard linking for building workflows, and multi- layered layouts, thus, providing a less flexible and powerful design experience. 2 Automatic Drill-Anywhere: Users can automatically drill through the full depth and breadth of the data warehouse and obtain detailed information. No Automatic Drill Anywhere: Users can drill up and down within a pre-defined hierarchy. Users cannot drill outside a hierarchy or data source to explore the entire DWH, thus, limiting the drill experience. 3 Custom Dashboard Output: Powerful object prompting capability generate custom outputs depending on the selections made by the end users during run-time. Limited Custom Dashboard Outputs: Object prompting is not supported. As a result, BusinessObjects is limited in terms of generating custom dashboard output at run- time. 4 Actionable Dashboards: Users can not only consume information but also initiate appropriate actions (write-back) from within the dashboards. Not Actionable : Users cannot initiate write- back actions from within the dashboards interface. Gain superior insights from content rich enterprise dashboards 3 10
  11. 11. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. MicroStrategy Mobile Ranked #1 MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Mobile Ready Reports and Dashboards: MicroStrategy allows users to run reports and dashboards directly on their iPad, iPhone, or Android devices. Because reports and dashboards in the BI application do not have to be re-authored for the mobile device, minimal additional IT investment is required for mobile deployment. Limited Dashboard Features on the Mobile Device: As of version 4.1, the two Mobile apps (Explorer and Mobile) are now combined into one Mobile app – SAP Mobile. Now dashboards created in Explorer can be viewed on the SAP Mobile app. However, any dashboards created in prior version will not be supported. The Explorer dashboard have to be created in version 4.1. 2 Deliver Multimedia Content Through Mobile App: Deliver multiple forms of information (PDF, Videos, ePub, Presentations, etc.) within the same App. Limited Capabilities to Deliver Multimedia Content: BusinessObjects does not provide a multimedia widget control like MicroStrategy. As a result, the capability to deliver multimedia content is limited. 3 Actionable Mobile Apps: Implement transactional capabilities into the information driven mobile apps. Non-Actionable Mobile: BusinessObjects does not provide out-of-the-box transactional (write- back) capability. 4 Create Workflow-Driven Apps: MicroStrategy Mobile provides high degree of design flexibility to build multiple screens and combining them into a single workflow-driven app or dashboard. Limited Flexibility to Create Custom Workflows : BusinessObjects mobile apps provide limited development flexibility to build intricate workflows of multiple screens and combining them into a seamless and intuitive dashboard 5 Deliver Rich Apps on Small Screen Devices: Ability to do screen design and workflows provide powerful capabilities to build apps for small screen devices. Limitations on Small Screen Devices: Due to the smaller screen and lack of mouse-over capabilities, certain components and dashboard features are not supported on mobile devices. NATIVE MOBILE BI APPS MicroStrategy’s Native Mobile apps that users love vs. BusinessObjects’ limited Mobile capabilities4 11
  12. 12. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. PROACTIVE BUSINESS MONITORING AND ALERTING MicroStrategy’s proactive monitoring to improves business efficiency vs. BusinessObjects’ limited proactive monitoring MicroStrategy Distribution Services acts as a proactive information radar for the enterprise MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Mass Distribution of Personalized Content (Report Bursting): Ability to deliver personalized slices of information from a single report to a large number of users Limited Report Bursting Capability: BusinessObjects has very limited dynamic distribution list capabilities across the product set.Therefore,Administrators have to define fixed distribution lists and cannot use conditions to dynamically conform the recipient list. Scheduling/Distribution of dashboards is extremely limited. 2 Delivery of all Report Styles from a Unified Platform: Users can subscribe themselves or co-workers to receive all reports available in the MicroStrategy environment to a wide range of output devices. Alerting CapabilitiesVary byTool: BusinessObjects lacks a consistent approach to alerts with its tools. For example,WebIntelligence and Crystal Reports have different alerting capabilities. 3 Personal ExceptionThresholds: Business users can define personal exception thresholds, for example, send me the report when inventory level falls below “x” units.This capability allows users to set up information radar to proactively monitor their business processes. Limited Exception Based Thresholds: Crystal Reports does support exception-based alerting. However,WebIntelligence does not.Thus, users using WebIntelligence reports cannot set up proactive notifications based on threshold condition. 5 12
  13. 13. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. 13 TransactionServices is fully integrated into MicroStrategy’s organically grown platform TRANSACTIONS AND WRITE-BACK MicroStrategy’s Actionable dashboard and mobile apps vs. BusinessObjects’ non-actionable dashboards MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 DataWritten Back to the Data Source: MicroStrategy Transaction Services can not only write back to the data warehouses, datamarts, and ERP/Operational Systems, but also toWeb Services Applications (like Salesforce.com). Not Supported 2 Multiple Formats of Data Input Supported: Multiple control styles for data input are supported such as – text/numeric fields, calendar dates, time, binary values, drop-down lists, slider, steppers, switches, and camera. Not Supported 3 Transactional Mobile Intelligence: MicroStrategy supports business process to be performed from a Mobile transaction app without using any traditional format. Not Supported 6
  14. 14. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. Create Comprehensive, Interactive Reports in a Number of Styles with MicroStrategy Enterprise Reporting OPERATIONAL REPORTING AND BUSINESS DOCUMENTS Pixel-perfect business documents like invoices & billing statements MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Templates for Rapid Design: MicroStrategy provides out- of-the-box templates for report design and the ability to create custom templates to decrease design time. Limitations in Available Templates for Report Design: Template functionality varies by tool. BusinessObjects has two tools for Operational Reporting – WebIntelligence, and Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports have an online catalog of report templates that can be used as starting point. But WebIntelligence does not have the capability to provide out-of-the-box report templates. 2 Real-Time WYSIWYG Report Design: Highly formatted documents are built using WYSIWYG report design and formatting over a zero- footprintWeb interface. Limitations in Real-Time WYSIWYG Report Design: SAP Crystal Reports does not offer web users a way to edit and format the report layout while viewing it, for a real-timeWYSIWYG view of their changes.The design changes are done on the desktop version, andWeb is used just for consumption. This increases the design time due to unnecessary iterations and design frustration. 7 14
  15. 15. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. ADVANCED INTERACTIVITY Interact with different levels of data through Prompting, Drilling, and Searching MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Dynamic Report Personalization: Object prompts enable users to dynamically select which report objects they want to see by authoring the report set at runtime. As a result, a single report can span hundreds of possible data combinations tailored to different user needs. MicroStrategy displays prompt values and report content that are permitted by the user's security profile. MicroStrategy prompts enable different users to personalize the same report and give them significant ad hoc capabilities. Limited Dynamic Report Personalization: BusinessObjects offers limited options for parameterized reports. Object or column prompts such as selection of attributes, metrics, and filters on the fly are not supported. This causes an unnecessary number of reports to be created and maintained for end users. 2 Drill Anywhere: MicroStrategy users can drill anywhere in the entire data warehouse or across multiple data sources for boundary-free investigative analysis. Users can automatically drill within or across hierarchies without pre-defining drill paths. They can also modify report contents on-the-fly and further deepen the investigation by drilling outside of an Intelligent Cube to perform OLAP analysis. Lack of Automatic Drill-Anywhere: As of version 4.1, BusinessObjects does not have automatic drill anywhere capabilities across reports. All drill paths across cubes and across reports have to be manually defined by IT or report developers. 3 Google-Like Search for Quick Data Access: MicroStrategy users can not only search for reports and dashboards but also any other metadata objects using auto-complete, suggested matches, and instant search results with multi-level Google-like search capabilities. Granular object- level search allows users to locate analytical objects easily, preventing redundant object creation and promoting object reuse. Limited Search Functionality: BusinessObjects allows search by document attributes as well as content. It does have a quick search functionality that only shows the top six results sorted by relevance as the user types. There is no way to increase the number of search results. In addition, the search needs to be done through the search toolbar. BusinessObjects does have the capability to include a search selector inside a dashboard, where users can search at run time. 8 15 Powerful Personalization Automatic DrillAnywhere Multi-Level Search
  16. 16. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. PERFORMANCE AND SCALABILITY High scalable BI platform with superior performance9 16 MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects Push-Down Architecture: MicroStrategy is widely recognized by industry analysts & customers as a highly scalable enterprise BI platform. MicroStrategy leverages the database to its fullest extent by pushing data joins and analytic calculations to the database whenever possible. Mid-Tier Centric Processing: Data joins across multiple sources, and many calculations are performed at the mid-tier level resulting in unnecessary data movement and poor utilization of database processing power. High Performance Multi-Pass SQL: Multi-pass SQL queries provide greater analytical power and minimize the amount of data that is pulled back to the mid-tier. MicroStrategy’s SQL engine is one of the most sophisticated in the industry and leverages multi-pass SQL in order to increase performance. Limited Multi-Pass SQL Capabilities: BusinessObjects does not dynamically generate multi-pass SQL. Therefore, it has limitations answering complex questions in an efficient way by leveraging the database and analytical engine in the middle-tier. Multi-stage calculations such as percentage to total, and contribution metrics needs to be created at the report level. Automatic Aggregate Awareness: MicroStrategy maximizes database usage and enhances performance for every analysis by making use of common data warehouse optimization techniques like aggregate tables and table partitioning. No Automatic Aggregate Awareness: BusinessObjects SQL engine does not support automatic aggregate awareness, thus, unable to map a single attribute to many fact tables and selecting the most efficient table to obtain the data during run-time. This is more of a manual process where the aggregate logic has to be coded in. Parallel SQL Execution: Multiple passes of SQL can be executed in parallel to improve query performance. No Parallel SQL Execution: Multiple passes of SQL cannot be executed in parallel to improve performance. Push-down Joining Uses the DBMS Engine Multi-pass SQL Multi-dimensional Business Model Joins across databases happen at the client side Minimum data movement across the network Heavy data movement across the network Push-down architecture to fully leverage database processing power MicroStrategy Top ranked Vendor in data volume; SAP BO WebI rated below average Source: The BI Survey 13 Normalized score relative to the weighted average of 1.0; higher numbers indicate greater overall score.
  17. 17. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. ADMINISTRATION EFFICIENCY Higher efficiency using administration and automation tools vs. limited administration tools MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Workflow Automation: MicroStrategy System Manager merges different administrative tasks, such as creating users, starting or stopping server, and many others into a single workflow. It is also possible to combine non-MicroStrategy processes into the workflow. No Workflow Automation: BusinessObjects does not provide any workflow automation tool. 2 Object Management and Migrations: MicroStrategy Object Manager facilitates metadata life cycle management. The presence of a single metadata repository increases change management accuracy and efficiency. Object Management Available: SAP BusinessObjects Lifecycle Management is a web-based application that allows migration of BI resources from one system to the other. However, it does not automatically comprehensively check for dependencies when changes in metadata objects occur given its inability to support metadata content across the entire product set. 3 Automated Integrity Checking: MicroStrategy Integrity Manager automates the report comparison process and verifies the consistency of reports by comparing both the SQL and the pixels of copies of reports and highlights any inconsistencies. This automated process eliminates the need of manual consistency checking, resulting in huge time savings while upgrading to a newer versions or during object migrations. Limited Integrity and Regression Testing: BusinessObjects provides some data integrity checking. However, the limited granularity and flexibility of the tool does not allow the automation of highly parameterized reports that examine different scenarios based on the prompt answers. 4 Automatic Creation of Most Useful Cubes: Cube Advisor recommends and automatically creates an optimal set of In- memory Cubes based on usage patterns of users accessing the BI system. This process considerably reduces administration workload and provides an efficient way to quickly improves response times of the most time consuming and frequently accessed reports. No Support for Automatic Creation of Cubes: BusinessObjects does not provide any Cube Advisor tool that would recommend in-memory ROLAP cubes to reduce database processing and response time for BI applications. 5 Automated Command Line Scripts: MicroStrategy Command Manager reduces repetitive and time consuming administrative tasks through automated command line scripts. No Automated Command Line Scripts for Administrative Tasks: BusinessObjects does not provide a comprehensive command line administrative tool for high volume tasks across the product set, making administration across several departmental BI applications more time consuming. 10 17 BUSINESSOBJECTS’ LIMITED ADMINISTRATION
  18. 18. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. DEPLOYMENT FLEXIBILITY BI on-premises or in the cloud MicroStrategy SAP BusinessObjects 1 Deploy Platform On-Premises or in the Cloud: The platform itself can be deployed both on-premise and in a traditional software model or through the Cloud environment. MicroStrategy Cloud offers a platform- as-a-service (PaaS) offering which includes a MicroStrategy BI service, plus the option of adding integrated data warehouse and data integration capabilities. No Integrated PaaS Option: SAP BusinessObjects only offers its enterprise BI cloud solution through partners. So whatever services are offered (support, payment model, data integration, etc.) depends a lot on what the partner is able to provide. 2 Access Data Instantly via MicroStrategy Analytics Express (SaaS): Business users can instantly connect to their data and explore it using powerful and intuitive data visualizations. No installation required as all capabilities are available through a zero-footprint Web based SaaS solution. Supports a SaaS-based BI offering: SAP BusinessObjects now offers SAP Lumira Cloud (released July 2013). 3 Securely Explore Data using the Free MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop: MicroStrategy offers a free solution to explore your data securely using a desktop application. The free solution not only allow accessing Excel Files, and Flat files but also all major databases and even big data sources. Restrictive Free Offering: SAP Lumira Personal Edition is available for free, but only allows access to Excel data (CSV, XLS, and XLSX). In order to connect to all major databases, including SAP HANA, users have to buy the Standard Edition. Run MicroStrategy Analytics Platform on- premises (PaaS) Deploy secure, expertly managed BI Platform in the Cloud Start exploring in the cloud with the free MicroStrategy Analytics Express (SaaS) 11 18 BI Platform Agile BI Start exploring data with free MicroStrategy Analytics Desktop Analytics Express
  19. 19. CONFIDENTIALThe Information Contained In This Presentation Is Confidential And Proprietary To MicroStrategy. The Recipient Of This Document Agrees That They Will Not Disclose Its Contents To Any Third Party Or Otherwise Use This Presentation For Any Purpose Other Than An Evaluation Of MicroStrategy's Business Or Its Offerings. Reproduction or Distribution Is Prohibited. “BIScorecard is the only analyst firm that tests BI suites hands-on, based on over 300 detailed criteria, and with the customer perspective in mind.” BI Scorecard INDUSTRY ANALYST Get unbiased perspective from one of the top industry analysts – BiScorecard12 19 Source: BI Scorecard® Strategic and Product Summary – Q4 2013. MicroStrategy vs. BusinessObjects • No functional gaps, superior breadth • Industry’s best architecture • Highest-rated overall in self-service BI

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