Crystal Enterprise 8 Professional

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-04-16 Print this article Print

Edition"> Crystal Enterprise 8 Professional Edition

Organizations developing Web portal sites or other complex intranet or extranet systems will appreciate the programmability and scalability of Crystal Enterprise. Crystal Decisions report server is geared to heavy production reporting jobs but is not well-suited to ad hoc reporting and data analysis.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // New progressive, element-at-a-time report generation will make the system feel faster for users right away.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Extensive programmability and componentization, as well as support for XML input and output, make it much easier for users to integrate reporting into their custom applications.

Fast, progressive report generation; can import data from and export data to just about any format or database, including XML; includes full server-side Web scripting language; provides wide choice of report viewers.

No OLAP viewer or OLAP server; no Unix versions; report features such as sorting and filtering cannot be set from Web report viewers.

Crystal Decisions Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia; (800)877-2340;

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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