SAP Product BriefSAP Crystal Solutions ENABLE INFORMED DECISIONSAP Crystal Reports MAKING DESIGN AND DELIVER POWERFUL, FLEXIBLE REPORTS Transform your data into Intuitive Design in Less Time beautiful, readable reports With SAP Crystal Reports, you can with SAP® Crystal Reports® build elegant reports in minutes using its intuitive design interface and efficient software. Flexible, autono- workflows. Simply drag and drop objects mous reporting functionality into the “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) report canvas. (See Figure helps decision makers gain 1.) Smart guidelines* help you insert, fast insight into current busi- move, and align objects with ease by automatically adjusting the layout of the ness conditions, without report. You can insert summaries, vari- relying on IT. ances, and other custom calculations into a cross-tabulated row or a column – especially useful for financial reports – Everyone needs solid, up-to-date, trust- without the need for any programming. worthy information to do their jobs to Built-in bar-code support lets you convert the best of their ability. All too often, fields to Code 39 bar codes. Just point however, this information seems impos- and click, and you’re done. sible to get. Company data is locked away in hidden information chambers and Presentation-Quality, Flexible seems to require arcane incantations to Reports release it – or at least requires repeated and increasingly loud chanting to the Enhance your reports with the software’s gods of IT. extensive charting and visualization options. You get access to a compre- As the de facto standard in reporting, hensive library of user-friendly interac- SAP® Crystal Reports® software is the tive charts, maps, gauges, and sliders, answer to decision makers’ reporting and can quickly embed them into your prayers. IT professionals, report authors, reports, without having to write any and developers have been using SAP program code. Conditional formatting Crystal Reports for almost two decades allows fine-grained control of report to create powerful, user-friendly, and appearance, with rich formula language dynamic reports from virtually any data that can embed business logic within source. You and your colleagues can reports. transform the sometimes overwhelming amounts of corporate data into richly Business users have great flexibility in formatted reports – and deliver action- creating and formatting reports, right able information to your business users, down to details like the size of a report inside and outside the organization, page. You’re not limited by the standard * Smart guidelines are a feature of the report design tool included with SAP Crystal Server software. The tool requires an SAP Crystal Reports 2011 key code to activate.
page sizes set by printers. Instead, you Figure 1:can customize page sizes and page Simplified Report Design with Newbreaks, and can combine portrait- and Intuitive Interfacelandscape-oriented pages within thesame report, to create an optimal view-ing environment.Code-Free InteractiveVisualizationsDeliver interactive dashboards andstunning report visualizations throughthe software’s integration with SAPCrystal Dashboard Design softwareand Adobe Flash. (See Figure 2.)End users can explore data and makeinformed decisions with visual what-ifscenarios created in SAP CrystalDashboard Design and embeddedin a report. Sliders, gauges, and dialsenable you to visualize the potentialoutcome of decisions dynamically, deployment. Additionally, you can com- provide for complex user-driven filteringwithout leaving the report file and bine the flexibility of XML and Web scenarios.without any coding. services with report formatting and visualization by linking report data to Reports from Virtually Any DataSAP Crystal Reports lets you take sophisticated data mashups, such as Sourceoperational reporting to the next level, third-party mapping systems. Plus, theallowing you to insert dynamic charts, integrated salesforce.com driver facili- Data sources include native connectivity,graphics, and video files in your reports. tates access to your customer data, open database connectivity (ODBC),Integrate your reports with operational allowing you to turn it into actionable object linking and embedding databaseworkflows by embedding Adobe Flex business information. (OLE DB), and Java database connec-applications to perform tasks such asdatabase write-back. You can embed Interactive Report ViewingSWF files in the report or link them via With fewer – and morea Web site. Again, no coding is required. With fewer – and more flexible – reports, flexible – reports, users are users are empowered to answer morePowerful Data “Mashups” business questions, significantly reduc- empowered to answer more ing dependency on developer and IT business questions, explor-Develop powerful mashups that pull support. Business users can exploredata from various sources into a single information interactively without having ing information interactivelyreport. Without any coding, you can in- to requery the database. SAP Crystal while significantly reducingtegrate components designed in Adobe Reports viewer lets you employ featuresFlash and Adobe Flex, and significantly such as report sorting, filtering, and re- dependency on developerexpand the scope of your application port reformatting. Optional parameters and IT support.
Figure 2: Insertion Leverage High-Volume Publishing of Interactive Dash- in SAP Crystal Server boards and Visualiza- tions Made Easier With SAP Crystal Server software, you can publish personalized invoices, statements, and other reports to thou- sands of recipients – and still lower your administration costs. The data-driven publishing features of SAP Crystal Server also help you to conduct cost- effective one-on-one marketing cam- paigns and other personalized, high- volume reporting. Create multiple reports based on differ- ent data sources, load the reports with data, and personalize the reports for each recipient. You can also combinetivity (JDBC) to relational databases tom coding. If our default export formats the reports into a single file (such asas well as online analytical processing don’t meet your requirements, then you PDF) and then distribute the reports(OLAP), Web services, XML, enterprise can create your own by using custom to a dynamic list of recipients – all withdata sources, and salesforce.com (via Extensible Stylesheet Language Trans- a single action. The content can bethe salesforce.com driver). formations (XSLT). These transformations archived, printed, or e-mailed in sepa- are embedded in the report file and are rate actions or simultaneously, makingMultilingual Reporting triggered by users from within the viewer scheduling much faster and easier. when exporting to XML. This provides aWe’ve made it possible to create reports powerful, flexible hook for transforming For More Informationin up to 22 languages, including Chinese data from SAP Crystal Reports into(simplified and traditional), Czech, any format and integrating it into other To learn more about the SAP CrystalDanish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, applications. Reports family of offerings, visitGerman, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, www.sap.com/sapcrystal.Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese With the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet(Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, (XLSX) export feature, more Excel dataSwedish, Thai, and Turkish. You can can be exported to a single worksheet, Render reports in almost anycontrol the report content locale, sort- without spanning multiple worksheets. Ifing, grouping, and formatting that you need to lock down reports to prevent format and enjoy faster inte-matches the local language customs unauthorized users from modifying the gration with industry-specificand conventions. report design, the new RPTR format provides a read-only report (RPT) export business processes – withoutExport and Platform Support option, giving you the confidence that the need for custom coding. users won’t be able to modify these re-Render reports in almost any format ports. RPTR files cannot be opened by If our default export formatsand enjoy faster and easier integration any SAP Crystal Reports design tool.with your industry-specific business SAP Crystal Reports 2011 is certified don’t meet your requirements,processes – without the need for cus- compatible with Microsoft Windows 7. you can create your own.