SAP: “BEx Analyzer sucks”

SAP: “BEx Analyzer sucks”

Posted by Xavier Hacking

When I first got into SAP BI a few years ago I followed this course on SAP BW 3.5 which took like 10 days or maybe even more. I do remember the first time I saw and used BEx Analyzer, the MS Excel plugin to view and analyze data from SAP BW. I was just shocked to see such a terrible user interface design and a tool that was not intuitive to use at all! And people were supposed to use this app for their daily work? OMG.

SAP now released a video that basically says that BEx Analyzer sucks. Too complex, too much end-user training needed, to much complaints, too expensive and so on. The solution? SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Microsoft Office.

Have fun watching it. - Nov 17, 2010 | SAP, SAP BusinessObjects
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  1. Anyname
    March 2, 2011

    That’s just because you don’t know how to use the BEx Analyzer…

    You might also say that Excel Pivot Tables sucks, simply because you don’t know how to use it…

    SAP BEx Analyzer is a tool, and as any other tool, is a good idea to learn how to use it…

  2. Xavier Hacking
    March 2, 2011

    Yup that is exactly the problem. People have to learn how to use the tool. That’s not what we want anymore.

    Look at the iPod/iPad/iPhone: No 100+ page user guide needed anymore and that is how it should be!

  3. Shyam
    June 6, 2011

    You are correct .
    This is a primitive excel plug-in.
    They Killed several feature of Excel also.
    But this will work if you can condition the users that BI is complex.!

  4. MattWPBS
    January 31, 2012

    All of a sudden, the crippling of some of the stuff you could do with 3.5 to 7.x makes sense.

    “No, no, you don’t want to pass variables via VBA, you want to buy Analytics.”

  5. Anan
    March 30, 2012

    Hi, check out my SAP BI Blog

    I am featuring articles for beginners, inviting guest bloggers to write articles. So connect with me if you would like to contribute some articles to my blog or submit your link so that we can link our blogs together.


  6. Gollum
    March 12, 2013

    “People have to learn how to use the tool. That’s not what we want anymore. ”

    Spoiled brat 😉

    Apps with no documentation needed have one thing in common : they are cheaply done with almost nos useful features. They are mostly garbageware.

  7. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015

    So uh… I was expecting you to show us how to use BEx Analyzer, given the web site name – hackingSAP – and instead you just talk about how it sucks. Well, I already know that.


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