Formatted reporting from Crystal Decisions is being integrated into SAP and SAP Portals packages to allow analytical data to be presented in a more easily assimilated format, writes Eric Doyle.
Crystal Reports will be available as an integral part of SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), MySAP Business Intelligence (MySAP BI) and the MySAP range of customer relationship, supply chain, financials and product lifecycle management packages. Users will be able to access about 500 pre-formatted reports. These can be modified with Crystal Enterprise and Crystal Reports Designer.
Peter Grendel, SAP Portal's product marketing manager, said, "The integrated reports will be a feature of SAP BW 3.0 which will be generally available during the second quarter of next year.
"This is the beginning of the increased openness that we promised to bring to SAP products at our user meeting earlier this year. Using Crystal's products means that SAP and non-SAP data can be included in the same report."
The reporting feature will be of particular use in the MySAP BI environment, which supports query, reporting and online analytical processing of multidimensional data.
Ham Patel, business development manager at Crystal, explained, "Although SAP users can surf and analyse data, it is not easy to format the data for non-specialists, the so-called information consumers. Integrating Crystal makes the process of creating a report seamless."
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