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Crystal Reports and WebI

Prior to SAP acquiring Business Objects, SAP customers had limited reporting functionality available to them. There were the options of using BEx Analyzer and Web Reporting, or Web Application Designer (WAD). Although these tools provided the reporting functionality you needed to perform basic reporting, the tools were lacking in user friendliness and did not have advanced reporting capabilities that experienced report designers expected. After SAP acquired Business Objects, customers got more choices of which software to use for their reporting needs. But more choice means more decisions to make.

There are two primary Business Objects tools to use for generating reports: Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence (WebI). We’ll take a high-level look at both of these products.

Crystal Reports is a Windows application that gives users the ability to create formatted reports on their computer. It can connect to a variety of data sources and generate reports that can be viewed within the application or saved/exported for others to view.

WebI is a web-based tool for ad-hoc analysis. You can use it to connect to your NetWeaver BW data to perform online and offline ad hoc query and...

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