It is difficult to say which Business Intelligence (BI) and reporting tools organizations should utilize considering each platform is subjected to their own advantages and drawbacks. However, many entities are attracted to SAP Crystal Reports because of its affordability, simplicity and user friendly interface.
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. SAP Business Intelligence brings the following benefits to the table:
1. Industry Expertise
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.
2. The Right Price
SAP Business Intelligence is offered at a fixed price point, allowing businesses to scale the platform to the size of their operation. 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 that can always be scaled up or scaled down according to funding. The basic SAP Business Intelligence system is advertised at $495, increasing in price from there to accommodate individualized modules.
Probably the most compelling feature of SAP Crystal Reports is the adaptability. Users have the capacity to customize reports and design the modules to run cohesively with their preexisting business model.
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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