After analysing many BI tools, I have narrowed down to the tools SSRS 2008 and Business Objects.
Now i have to compare these two. I will appreciate if someone can specify any resource for comparison
or if someone had done it earlier and is willing to share his experience.
If you are in still discovery mode, here is a web site link that is dedicated to providing prospective users a high-level overview of the product and its capabilities:
http://www.businesssoftwareresource.com, hosted by David Nordmark.
If you are open to exploring open source, here is a web site for that:
In comparing your top two contenders, maybe it's a matter of bad timing for BusinessObjects, or maybe it's just further manifestation of an ongoing problem that is not going to get any better, but at this time I'm down on BusinessObjects' ability to provide worldclass support to its customers. You see, it was on Jul 7 that SAP pulled the plug on BusinessObjects' former way of supporting its customers (karissa, Tech Support site, etc, etc) and implemented SDN as its sole source for the SAP and BusinessObjects. SAP customers have not felt the pain of the switch, but BO customers have literally had the rug pulled out from underneath them. I don't speak alone, but can point you to three areas where you can "check this out":
#1) look up the topic "Support???" even on this forum, several pages are accumulating relating anecdotes and calls for help in getting registered into the SAP Tech Support site.
#2) visit the "BOB" forum at the following web site, it has 8 pages+ and running (I'm not joking) of anecdote after anecdote given in regards to dealing with the new way of doing Tech Support (http://www.forumtopics.com/busobj/viewtopic.php?t=112015&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=90)
#3) A recent article written by Cindi Howson, posted on the Intelligent Enterprise web site, a respected web site providing news and services to those who are practitioners of Business Intelligence applications (http://www.intelligententerprise.com/blog/archives/2008/07/the_sapbusiness.html)
Ms. Howson's parting comments are telling, quote-
This blunder is beyond comprehension and smacks of both poor planning and inadequate testing.
... For prospects, remember to evaluate support as part of your selection process -unquote
Good luck on your quest to fulfill your requirements, and all I can say is to read and heed.