: Crystal Reports 9 Advanced Edition"> Executive Summary: Crystal Reports 9 Advanced Edition
Crystal Reports is the most programmable reporting system around, making it an excellent way to add reporting to internal applications or an internal portal. It is also a good choice for simpler production reporting jobs, although it lacks the integration and breadth of analysis tools some competitors provide.
The most common version of the package, Professional Edition, costs a middle-of-the-road $495. The high-end Advanced Edition provides significant enterprise report generation capacity at a low price of $1,995 per server, much less than the cost for Crystal Decisions previous Web-based reporting option. (+) Provides Java and Windows APIs; new report server and Web-based report client; report component repository and custom templates allow for greater report standardization and component reuse; tight integration with Microsoft Office applications. (-) All versions (including server components) run only on Windows; lacks the combined reporting and OLAP features found in some competitors; HTML report viewer doesnt allow sorting or filtering. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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