SAP vs. OBIEE Review Roundup: Enterprise Wrestling Match

Wrestling for a position in an enterprise-level match up, both SAP and Oracle, SAP BO vs OBIEE, provide business intelligence (BI) solutions that are typically central to mission-critical reporting and strategic planning for most organizations. Each wSAP BI vs Oracle BIill be awarded points during the match for a “take down” or “reversal.” In some cases, a clear “pin” secures the match.

Both very competitive, SAP and Oracle could win depending on the circumstances of the day. Consider an evaluation of the match up before going the mat here on IT Central Station.

To see a full product comparison, check out SAP BO vs. OBIEE.

Here are a couple of reviews to highlight:

SAP BO – “Provides a platform for developing reporting that can be used by end users, which will give relevant, consistent and correct results. Also, ability to combine data, I created a report based on SAP data from BW and combined it with data from SQL server to be able to report on the data in a way that would not have been possible to do except with manual steps. The solution I built replaced a manual process that would take 3 weeks and provided an automated solution. We were able to get the critical analysis in a small fraction of time and able to run the business better as a result. Can be a little buggy. As with any system you need to do the work to set up the foundation; nothing is as easy as you install it and all your problems are solved.” Read the full review here.

OBIEE – “Exalytics combined with Exadata server makes it possible to query ~ 50TB of datamart data (uncompressed size), that’s really great and ~ 1000 of simultaneous requests.In the past it was not possible to join data from so many different sources due to the performance limitations imposed by the size of the data Self service BI. It’s clear that Endeca tends to be integrated into BIFS and probably self-service functionality will be covered by Endeca.” Read the full review here.

You can also look at a comparison of the two products matched up: SAP BO vs OBIEE or the BI RFP Templates available at IT Central Station, in the right corner of the Business Intelligence Category Page.


Confluence vs. SharePoint vs. Jive vs. Drupal—Corporate Portals Bumper Cars

Coporate Portals

Corporate portal solutions for collaboration have become very popular lately, and being able to distinguish where you’ll do best and with which solution can be situational. You might use one of them for a Wiki, and another to manage your document sharing. Before jumping on the track, though, it’s good to take a look at what others are saying.

To see the full product comparisons, see the following:

Confluence vs. SharePoint

Jive vs. Drupal

Here are a few highlights from our community of real users:

Confluence“The ease at which any employee can curate content and the ease in which people can discover meaningful and important information to get their job done. Improvements to My Organization: We are hard core users so there are a lot of examples: At HomeAway we have product development teams for our sites, they use confluence both to document product roadmaps, and for the integration with JIRA to relay to stakeholders the updated status. It is the only place people go at HomeAway to get information.” Read the full review here.

SharePoint – “There are a lot of reasons to buy into or upgrade to SharePoint 2013: the latest iteration of Microsoft’s portal-web development platform represents a massive, multi-million dollar upgrade on the previous version of SharePoint (a version that was typically oversold given its underwhelming if not frustrating performance and lack of execution). SharePoint 2013 is a massive upgrade to 2010: noticeable improvements to social computing (social networking via My Sites), mobile computing (PDA access and accessibility), Office integration, cloud integration, search and more. But it’s not all good news, and it’s not a solution that fits every organization.” Read the full review here.

Jive – “Blogging, sharing, search, mobile use Full integration of MS Office and Outlook. Colleagues are more informed, easier to find content, silo breaking. A visual navigator would be very useful as many colleagues have an issue to find their way and connect the dots…The decision to use Jive as Intranet was practically taken over night and we went from a slow two unit pilot to a big bang approach, including shutting down the old intranet.” Read the full review here.

Drupal – “Because of Drupal, we now have the ability to provide our customers with multilingual, multi-regional content to an extent that would not have been possible otherwise. There are not enough Drupal developers to satisfy demand. Upgrading to new major versions has historically been complex and difficult. Hopefully the migration functionality being built for Drupal 8 will ease this work. Read the full Drupal review here.

We know what you’re thinking, the bumper cars and vendor competition seems a bit of stretch. You might not even have had the pleasure of going on this kind of ride before. Trust us, it’s a bit fun to bump each other in these cars with your friends or family without hurting anyone.

On IT Central Station, you can do exactly that, kind of bump and compare other solutions with your peers. Read these and other reviews of Corporate Portal. You can also look at side by side comparisons of these solutions on one of our useful comparison pages: Confluence vs. Sharepoint, Confluence vs. Drupal, or any other products of your choice!

Cognos vs QlikView – Dancing with the Stars

This week at IT Central Station we present a comparison between two very popular BI Solutions. Check out these real user, crowdsourced reviews so you can find out what’s really happening with the tools you’re considering, such as Cognos vs QlikView.

Qlikview vs CognosCognos – “Valuable features include Dashboarding presentations of key metrics. Room for Improvement: Ability to easily manage source code and environment deployment, Pricing model is frequently changing and hard to manage and Maintenance fees were based on a percentage of the base cost, not the discounted price we paid which was a surprise the first year.” Read the full review here.

Another user writes: “IBM Cognos is a sprawling set of products aimed at providing a complete BI solution for organizations of all sizes, but specifically large organizations. Unlike some other offerings that incorporate data mining and predictive analytics capability, Cognos is targeted specifically at the traditional reporting and analysis tasks using a variety of presentation techniques. These include dashboards, graphs, charts, reports, tables and so on. For organizations that have not yet implemented an organization wide solution to this need Cognos is a prime candidate.” Read the full review here.

Qlikview – “For the user QlikView is a wonderful tool of data discovery, providing powerful tools to navigate easily between a sea of data in an intuitive, easy, and clear way, allowing them to go from facts to KPI and vice versa. Improvements to My Organization: Qlikview can be used both as an advanced reporting tool as well as an BI KPI tool, becoming the base for continuous process improvements. It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others. Currently Qliktech is working on this problem with Expressor, a powerful graphic dataflow tool. ” Read the full review here.

Interestingly, another user writes about Qlikview that “Qlikview is to reduce uncertainty, make the participants question, discover, interact with each other, and eventually improve the process. Properly used should function as an improvement catalyst for the processes involved. Room for Improvement: It is well know that the ETL is quite far away from leading products like Data Stagem Informatica and others.” Read the full review here.

Visit the Cognos vs QlikView  comparison to see these reviews—side-by-side dancing with each other!

Ok, let’s be realistic, it doesn’t have to be like dancing. Visit the site and hear what a real user who contributed a review on the “Yelp for Enterprise Tech,” as referred to by the Wall Street Journal on IT Central Station, is saying about the solution you are researching. You can also check out these other BI comparisons:

Confluence vs. Yammer vs. Jive vs. Chatter: Review Round-up for Enterprise Social Software

This week we present a review roundup of the latest reviews of enterprise social software from the IT Central Station community. Read what our real users have to say about the solutions they are using: Yammer vs. Jive vs. Chatter vs. Confluence. To see full product comparisons check out IT Central Station:

Confluence vs. Yammer

Jive vs. Chatter

Reviews of Enterprise Social Software From Real Users 

Yammer vs Jive vs Chatter vs Confluence

Yammer vs Jive vs Chatter vs Confluence

Confluence – “Before using Confluence we had the documentation spread across multiple shared drives and emails. Confluence gave us a chance to re-arrange the documents into a single repository and group the information logically in home page(s). I have called our home page a one-stop-shop for all team related links. Furthermore, other teams have created their own home pages and we are able to access each other spaces, sharing knowledge and know-how. When we do project work we can share the progress and develop documentation on the go while everyone has access to the latest version in real time. Talking about this, the thing I love about Confluence is that every document becomes a living document and we don’t need to wait until it is 100% ready, but start with a draft and develop in progress.” Read the full review here. 

Jive “Colleagues are more informed, easier to find content, silo breaking…In the beginning the big bang approach brought some problems for the NON-“Facebook” users, finding it very difficult to understand the concept of linking, sharing, following. I would not go for a big bang and rather guide users via a slow pilot approach. ” Read the full Jive review.

Yammer vs. Sharepoint “The huge difference between Facebook and Yammer is, Yammer is privateI like the idea of Yammer, but until Yammer is fluently integrated into SharePoint / SharePoint Online, it’s a hard way for us – SharePoint enthusiasts – to move customers, friends, co-workers on the Yammer train.” Read the comparison.

Chatter “I wish an organization could create a company-wide Chatter that automatically follows everyone else in the company so that widespread access was guaranteed. My own experience and that of our clients is that internal email significantly reduces when organisations start to use Chatter. Communication that would have taken place by email now takes place by Chatter. However because Chatter is a much more collaborative mechanism than email there’s an improvement in the quality of communication.” Read the review.

Read more Enterprise Social Software reviews of SharePoint, as well as Drupal, Confluence, Chatter, and many more. If you haven’t already, also check out one of our helpful comparison pages to see side-by-side reviews!

Review Roundup: Learning Management Systems

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are growing in popularity, enabling the presentation-341444_640administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses and training programs. This week we’re taking a deeper look at LMS systems and what our community of real users are saying about the LMS tools they are using:

Grovo – “Most valuable features of Grovo are creating your own trainings, and being able to upload your own stuff alongside their content. It has put the power at the local level — we aren’t pushing down, from corporate, what people should be training on. Local administrators can now decide that. Customer service is AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. It’s a huge reason why we decided to go with Grovo. The support is unmatched.” Read the full review here.

Cornerstone OnDemand – “Valuable Features: Administration side is very user friendly and with lots of online help available. UI/UX can be improved, although CSoD is very responsive to customer’s feedback and does implement many new features suggested by customers. The most challenging part of the implementation is understanding the customer requirements/objectives, if those are clearly elaborated and documented, implementation can be seamless and straightforward.” Read the full review here.

Lynda – “Valuable features: The content itself, but also the ability to watch the videos in 2x speed and get transcripts. In particular the UX course has really helped the skill set for myself and I am directly using those in my role as a Community Manager on the Cisco Learning Network each and every day. It would be neat to be able too easily Tweet key takeaways from the content.” Read the full review here.

Read other LMS reviews here including Grovo, Moodle,  or comparisons of two different solutions!

Best PM Tool 2015

award-147151_640This week’s review roundup is about Project Management tools. And the award for Best PM tool 2015 goes to…

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform to help you answer that question. Our site enables real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. Here are a selection of our real user reviews regarding the solutions they have been using so you can decide what tool is best for your needs in 2015:

Wrike – “It’s intuitive and easy to use. The interface mirrors the basic Windows interface so it’s easily learned by any team member. The copy function is also very useful. It provides a single repository for all projects, inter and intra-team collaboration on projects, ability to reallocate resources across projects in a more agile manner, it gives project management more visibility and ‘Democratizes’ project management by making the tools so easy to use that team members take more ownership of project tasks.” Read the full Wrike review here

Daptiv – “Get a firm grasp on the cost to implement, support, etc. since you will have to configure it yourself. Also, to have stellar service you will have to pay more. Valuable Features include Dashboard, reporting, capacity vs. demand, time sheets…I don’t work at the company anymore where we deployed this, but would say there’s too much work that has to go into the configuration up front and for the first 6 months to 1 year after. That costs time, money, and resources.” Read this informative review here.

WorkEngine – “EPMLive Workengine is pre-configured, a few clicks get you a running solution in no time. Great tool to use, easy to implement, easy to manage and easy to tailor to customer or business needs. Valuable Features include Business Intelligence reports and interactive and dynamic graphs/charts.” Read full review here

Hope that helps highlight some great choices for Best PM tool in 2015. What solutions are you using? Come visit our PPM comparison pages to investigate these and other Project Management tools at IT Central Station.

Best Project Management Software 2015

This week’s review roundup is Project Portfolio Management. As the year comes to a close, what is the best project management software for 2015? Here are a selection of our real user reviews regarding the solutions they have been using.


Read the reviews and see for yourself what the New Year will bring!

Wrike – “Ability to create as many projects/subfolders and tasks as necessary; Dynamic Gantt-chart which allows you to set dependencies between projects and adjust on the fly; Excellent support, 24-7; Numerous reports which can be customized – These are all valuable features. By creating a custom dashboard with daily priorities employees stay motivated and efficient. The ability to do accurate timekeeping has allowed us to see in what ways we are under-budgeting hours and not invoicing enough for particular tasks improved our organization.” Read the full review here.

LiquidPlanner – “LiquidPlanner is a great tool for Getting Things Done enthusiasts and project managers in general. It allows you to break down your project into multiple steps with best/worst case time scenarios and then gives you a complete picture of the project timeline and tasks in an easy to understand format. The reminders are fantastic! I have used it has a professional with a paid account, and also as a university student with a free academic account. I’d like to see more power and triggers in the iOS app.” Read the full review here.

AtTask – “Calculating a project status based on remaining open tasks was most valuable. Ability to create and save custom project templates, workflows, and reporting dashboards was also valuable. Reduced the time to complete projects. Improved collaboration with a user friendly interface. Could be improved by quicker turnaround of new ideas posted by users.” Read the full review here.

Read more PPM reviews, including more Wrike reviews, Clarizen or compare any PPM solutions of your choice on one of our PPM comparison pages. See what your vote for Best Project Management Software 2015 will be!

SharePoint vs Yammer—Jousting on Social

We assume that Microsoft bought Yammer (for a lot of money) to joust as a complement to SharePoint and against other vendors.Yammer vs SharePoint

Over a year ago Kevin McLaughlin from the Business Insider had said about the acquisition: “It’s Been A Year Since Microsoft Bought Yammer And Ballmer’s Grand Vision Has Yet To Materialize.”

Any way you look at it, most big-time vendors are betting on the fact that enterprises need social apps and hosting them in the cloud or as a service is the way to go. No one wants to manage a homemade file-server system anymore or some patched together intranet that gets outdated quickly.

Here’s a nifty rundown from consultants featured on IT Central Station about the differences between Yammer and SharePoint as they go head to head against other vendors:

Choosing Between SharePoint and Yammer

Sharon Richardson

SharePoint vs Yammer. What’s the difference?


Chris Radcliffe

Checking out what others are saying about vendors can be critical to your success as a decision maker for your vendor solutions. Heck, just being informed about what “experts” are saying in the field might just give you enough oomph to your thought leadership credentials to help with whatever solutions you’re discussing. Keeping up with what’s going on is probably half the battle.

Read reviews of Sharepoint, Confluence, and Yammer!

docSTAR vs. Documentum vs. Alfresco: Review Round-up for Enterprise Content Management

This week’s review roundup is about the latest reviews of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions from the IT Central Station community. file-cabinet-146160_640

Many of our community members discuss the pros and cons of the solutions they are using. Making sure you use the right ECM solution for your organization can be critical to creating a systematized means of organizing, accessing, and storing content. Read what our real users have to say about these ECM solutions:

docSTAR – “In the past, we had numerous filing cabinets and much inefficiency in how our paper filing systems were being handled. Something had to give…We’ve been able to eliminate ten five-drawer filing cabinets full of paper. No longer do we need to take the time to walk to a file cabinet, try and determine whether the person filed it under A or B or wherever, and hope it’s there. Being able to find something—and find it quickly—is huge. That’s been a real workflow benefit.” Read the full docSTAR review.

Documentum – “System deployment was complex and very tedious…after the deployment, we found the system to be reliable. Not the fastest system, but stable…We were able to meet ISO 9001 QMS Standards and add a more robust CM integration to our product base.” Read the full Documentum review.

Alfresco – “Alfresco is the most widely used open source ECM in the world and it has characteristics that I really like such as a Java based platform, lots of integration points, many protocols for accessing it, advanced workflow support, scripting, easily customizable user interface, a concept of a group/team based working area called site…In the beginning, when I started out with Alfresco, it was quite a task as you need to know quite a lot of different areas to setup a proper Alfresco solution, you need to be familiar web server installation and configuration, certificate/https setup, LDAP. CIFS, WebDAV, application server tuning, database configuration, Kerberos etc. ” Read the full Alfresco review.

Visit IT Central Station to read more reviews of Enterprise Content Monitoring solutions, including Archiflow, SharePoint, Confluence and many more.