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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence

Provide easy, self-service access to decision-ready information with our BI platform

Easily discover and share insights – and make better decisions— by relying on the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence  (BI) platform. With flexible architecture, our analytics platform can support your growth from a few users to tens of thousands of users, and from a single tool to multiple tools and interfaces.

Why SAP BusinessObjects BI platform?

Because our powerful BI software allows you to put decision-ready information within business users’ reach. With our analytics platform, you can increase responsiveness, reduce IT costs and workload, and drive better decision making across your organization.

  • Gain real-time business intelligence from any data
  • Increase user autonomy by exposing data in plain business terms
  • Make information consumption simple, personalized, and dynamic
  • Benefit from a flexible and scalable information infrastructure

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Ensure alignment across your organization and justify ongoing investment. SAP provides assessment tools and workshops to help you assess your Analytics and BI strategy and create an Analytics strategy.

Learn how SAP BusinessObjects BI platform can simplify the lives of business users and IT staff.

Functional Capabilities

Ad-hoc reporting and analysis

Answer new and evolving business questions with self-service ad-hoc reporting and analysis – on the Web, your desktop, or a mobile device.

  • Take advantage of easy-to-use BI reporting tools
  • Drill, slice-and-dice, and format information based on your business needs
  • Use simple drag-and-drop features to create interactive reports
  • Combine data from different sources to get answers to your business questions
  • Set-up data alerts so you are on top of the information that matters
  • Share trusted insights with business partners and customers

Learn about SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence


Multidimensional analysis

Perform analysis of multidimensional data sources in an intuitive Web-based environment,
so you can quickly answer complex business questions.

  • Uncover deep business insights without the help of a database administrator
  • Share business insights with peers in a fixed or interactive Web format
  • Run multidimensional analytics on one common business intelligence platform
  • Improve user adoption while optimizing the return on your IT investment

Learn about SAP BusinessObjects Analysis for OLAP


New: Single sign-on to SAP HANA using SAML

New: Collaboration with SAP JAM

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Technical Capabilities
  • SAP HANA as BI system repository and audit database
  • SAP HANA data access
  • Software development kits
  • Multiple servers running on one or more hosts and/or clusters for high performance, load balancing, and availability
  • Single sign-on (SSO) integration with LDAP, Kerberos, eTrust SiteMinder, and Windows AD
  • Universe semantic layer access to over 40 data sources
  • Support for SAP BW 7.x, SAP Business Suite, and SAP S/4HANA

System requirements for SAP BusinessObjects BI platform

System and software requirements vary according to specific customer scenarios – please refer to the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Sizing Guide for details. Also, please see the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Product Availability Matrix for the latest information on updates and releases.

System Requirement Details
Minimum server
hardware requirements
Refer to the SAP BI 4 Sizing Guide for more information
Minimum disk space
14 GB to 16 GB for default server installation, depending on operating system
Operating systems
Apple Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Windows: Server 2008 and 2012; Suse SLES 11 x86_64; Red Hat EL 5 and 6 x86_64; AIX 6.1 and 7.1 Power; Solaris 10 and 11 SPARC
HP JSE, IBM JSE, Oracle (Sun) JSE, SAP JVMMicrosoft IE 8, 9, 10, 11, Mozilla Firefox ESR 31.x, Google Chrome, Safari 7
Java application
JBoss Application Server; SAP NetWeaver Java Application Server; Apache Tomcat; Oracle WebLogic Server; IBM WebSphere Application Server

Explore licensing and purchasing options for SAP BusinessObjects BI platform

The modular structure of SAP software licenses allows you to license and pay for only the functionality and number of users that you require at any given time. This means that you can start with the packages and named user licenses your organization needs today, and add more users and functionality as your needs change.  This product is deployed on-premise and therefore requires a perpetual license. Contact your local SAP account executive for additional licensing and purchasing options.

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Ensure a successful implementation and maximize your ROI with information resources that support the different phases of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform – from planning and installation to operation.


Custom implementation report

Start planning your implementation with a personalized guide from the implementation experts.

Download the software

Visit the SAP Support Portal* to download SAP BusinessObjects BI platform software installation package.






Plan your installation

Refer to SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite 4.2 Master Guide* for important information about installation and upgrade planning.

Confirm that you have a license key

To request permanent license keys, you need authorization under myProfile*. To extend your authorization, please contact an SAP user administrator*.

Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the installation steps


Need additional help with your implementation?
Contact SAP Digital Business Services or SAP Enterprise Support services


Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation


Manage your SAP applications

Download the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Administrator Guide* to learn how to manage, maintain, and run your SAP applications at peak performance.

Ensure the security of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform

Refer to Section 8, “Security,” in the Administrator Guide* for important information on ensuring the security of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.


Need expert guidance with your educational needs? Learn about our education consulting services


Browse courses for SAP BusinessObjects BI platform

View the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform training and certification catalog of instructor-led courses and e-courses – and train when and where it’s convenient for you.

Map out your SAP BusinessObjects BI learning journey

Become fully competent with SAP BI from beginning to end – with your own learning path. The SAP BI learning journey helps you choose your path based on your role, area of interest, learning needs, and preferred training method. 

Take advantage of free openSAP courses

Join experts and peers from around the world for SAP’s MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) covering the fundamentals of SAP BI. This innovative platform uses gamification to create a flexible, fun, and engaging learning experience.


Plan and carry out a successful upgrade to the latest release of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform – so you can take advantage of the new features and capabilities right away.


Get your custom upgrade report

Start planning your upgrade with a personalized guide from the upgrade experts.

Get your report

Plan your upgrade

The Upgrade Guide contains important information about SAP BusinessObjects BI platform 4.2 upgrade planning.

Read the guide*

Plan landscape changes

The Landscape Planner lets you visualize your existing system landscape, simulate changes, and analyze the impact.

Use the planner*


Size the implementation

Use the Web-based Quick Sizer tool to help you select an economically balanced system based on your requirements

Open the Quick Sizer tool*


View the product road map

Refer to the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform road map to see how the technology is planned to progress over time.

Download the road map

Find an SAP partner to help with your implementation

Complete the upgrade steps

Get step-by-step guidance on the upgrade process, including installing the platform, using the upgrade management tool, and more. 

View the Master Guide*

Upgrade audit and monitoring data 

Learn more about the auditing and monitoring features of SAP BusinessObjects BI platform and how to upgrade from previous versions.

Learn more

Pattern book on BI 4.2 upgrade  

Get step-by-step instructions on how to deploy or upgrade SAP BusinessObjects BI system and its components based on real-world system landscape.

Read the Pattern Book

Optimization tips

Learn from GB & Smith how to optimize your migration to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.2

Read the blog*



Get the support you need to keep SAP BusinessObjects BI platform running at peak performance. Our experts can help you maximize the value of your software, take advantage of new business models and capabilities, and more.

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