SMEs get enterprise-class reporting at 'realistic' prices

Small and medium enterprises should be able to cash in on enterprise class software with today's launch of keenly priced business intelligence and reporting...

Small and medium enterprises should be able to cash in on enterprise class software with today's launch of keenly priced business intelligence and reporting tools by SAP subsidiary Business Objects.

John Wilkinson, manager for the firm's Europe, Middle East & Africa area, said the new versions of Business Objects' Edge business intelligence tool and Crystal Reports report writer were now tightly integrated into the SAP software family, but were also available as stand-alone systems for any SQL-based application.

The new versions offered enterprise class software at "realistic" prices for small and medium companies, he said.

Business Objects' Edge, which is mainly for medium-sized firms, provides query, analysis, reporting, data integration and dashboards that allow managers to pull and correlate company data for both routine and ad hoc uses.

Crystal Reports, which does similar things for smaller firms, and Edge now share the same platform technology. Both also provide connections to and integration with SAP environments, he said.




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