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; www.crystaldecisions.com/products/crystalenterprise