SSRS vs BusinessObjects
Posted on 2010-08-23
We have been a BOE XI-R2 shop for the past 5-6 years. We're currently at a fork in the road--pay up to renew support with BO--and upgrade to their latest stuff (Edge?)--or switch over to SSRS for "free".
We have quite a few reports in BO/WebI. These would have to be redone.
But forgetting the whole cost-to-upgrade thing, do you guys happen to see any *current* comprehensive comparison between BOE/Edge and SSRS?
I know beans about SSRS. Is it closing in on maturity? How "self-serve" is it? Can my unsophisticated users build their own reports?
What about user management in SSRS? Everyone needs an AD account, I guess?
One of the things I hate about BOE XI-R2 is that its installation model is astraddle SQL Server and a bunch of cryptically-stored .WID files in that crazy hashed-folder-labyrinth in the InfoStore folder. I just question our ability to recover from a catastrophic event on my BO server.
Maybe BOE is now totally SQL-driven? I'd like to know that restoring BO is as easy as restoring a SQL database.
Anyway, what I'd really like is a good run-down of the two suites -- what will I lose with SSRS? Your anecdotal experience and advice is also welcome.