Crystal Reports is a Business Intelligence platform acquired by SAP in 2007. The platform pulls from a variety of data sources to formulate robust visuals contextualized to the user’s individual business model. Users draw from an extensive toolbox of layouts to evolve reporting practices and uncover business insights. Crystal Reports is offered through both cloud-based and on-premise channels.
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A (Very) Brief Crystal Reports Rundown
In 1991, Crystal Reports debuted their BI software and penetrated a fast-growing market of business technology initiatives. It wasn't until 2007 that SAP acquired the company, immediately implementing progressive architecture to accommodate their small to medium-sized clients and to encourage other business owners to make the switch.
To counteract a reputation of system volatility, SAP reconvened and addressed reoccurring issues. Now, going under SAP Crystal Reports, it is a forced to reckon with. The new user interface magnetized the system, attracting businesses of all sizes and redefining the way we aggregate data to form collective insights. Just like most things, data streams are stronger in numbers, and with SAP Crystal Reports the current just keeps getting
1. It just keeps getting better with age.
While SAP's purchase of Crystal Reports is relatively fresh, the company as a whole is a market powerhouse, filtering billions of dollars yearly through their umbrella of services. In leveraging such a rich web of resources, SAP has the funding and the development experience to bring each of their offerings through the entire development cycle, preforming extensive QA and weeding out infrastructural failures.
For the business owner and potential Crystal Report user, this is good news. In choosing SAP, users chose an intuitive method of data analysis and acquisition that has undergone a vigorous project lifecycle to instrument product improvements prior to going to market, rather than choosing a software that rectifies deficiencies after the fact.
Though changes in ownership often result in tumultuous environments for code production, they also create a wide net of individuals who, despite being from contrasting generations of the company, are all experts in the same technology. Crystal Report's frenetic ownership created a surplus of developers versed in the native code, translating into all the help business owners could possibly need.
Users can draw from a variety of data sources to create holistic visualizations that are more contextualized to their business. With SAP Crystal Reports, we’re taking the different ingredients that are not very powerful on their own and combining them to bake a cake that everyone enjoys. The best part—Crystal Reports consistently produces viable results, a reliability that only comes with age.
2. Crystal Reports doesn’t break the bank.
SAP Business Intelligence is offered at a fixed price point, allowing businesses to dodge hefty, initial investments. This is huge for companies looking to gradually grow their operation in a way that does not require a crippling overhead. Chetu often encounters business owners who recognize they have a software need, but they lack the financial backing to expedite their development.
This platform is the perfect jumping off point, a leap in the right direction. As we can see in the screen grab above, SAP Crystal Reports 2016 is priced at 295.00 USD per a licensed user, a small priced to pay to unleash a wave of highly-relevant business insight. Older versions are also available for purchase at a lower cost.
3. Users gain access to a fluid and robust toolbox.
The most compelling feature of SAP Crystal Reports is probably the platform’s adaptability. Users have the capacity to customize reports and design the modules to run cohesively with their preexisting business model.
Here are some of the capabilities in the SAP Crystal Report toolbox:
Multilingual reporting modules in support of a global business ecosystem
Extensive library of reporting layouts and formats for invoices, statements, letters, operations, and marketing collateral
Preset reporting formulas for easy calculations and robust visualization
Compatible with MS Access, MS Excel, SQL, Oracle, Hadoop, IBM DB2, Salesforce, and SAP HANA
The system offers 24 languages to choose from, a functionality that caters to the global marketplace and encourages business owners to challenge the barriers of their native consumer base. In terms of interoperability, SAP Business Intelligence preforms superiorly, supporting compatibility with a large array of popular applications including Microsoft Office.
Businesses integrate SAP Business Intelligence into their data environment to get real-time analytics and visually compelling reports that support important business decisions. Compared to other reporting services, SAP Business Intelligence requires relatively less of an initial investment and little training. With the visual-based user interface, individuals can intuitively create stunning reports regardless of their familiarity with the software.
Crystal Reports/SAP Business Intelligence is an established BI application that has been around longer than most competing products. In its earlier years, Crystal Reports was regarded as being difficult to work with due to its cumbersome processes and data latency. However, many of the problems have been worked out with each new release. The product itself has undergone vast improvements, a dynamic we attribute to the numerous changes in ownership and the desire to adapt the technology to better suit the needs of organizations.
Integrating a BI tool into any data environment comes with its own set of complexities. Those looking to integrate SAP Business Intelligence need to take advantage of experts to analyze plus understand data needs and ensure data integrity through seamless integrations of disparate systems. Chetu offers experienced developers to help enterprises and SMBs alike custom-fit SAP Business Intelligence to maximize its performance.
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