Sharpen your competitive edge with the affordable, high-performance analytics for small business, SAP Crystal Server, analytics edition. This offering is a complete analytics package that combines the market-leading data integration, data management, and business intelligence products, pre-certiﬁed to run together - for a faster, simpler way to harness big data.
Self-serve access to relevant information
Get immediate answers to your business questions with the newly included SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software, which combines simple keyword searches with intuitive data exploration functionality.
Find the most relevant business information instantly, with search results automatically ranked to help narrow the areas of interest.
Guided data exploration
Get fact-based answers to spontaneous questions without needing to rely on IT for assistance.
Updated user interface with unified look and feel
Common user interface elements make it easier to transition between tools.
Simplified access to data
The universe component of SAP BusinessObjects software is now included in SAP Crystal Server to deliver faster, easier data access and a single, simplified view of your business data.
Multilingual reports and dashboards
One report or dashboard can support multiple languages and manage translated text.
The software includes 64-bit server support, system diagnosis monitoring, and lifecycle management to help promote objects between servers.
Guided Data Exploration
SAP Crystal Server 2011 includes SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software for guided data exploration. Now, people across your organization can search and explore business data intuitively, without help from IT, so they can find immediate answers to their business questions.
Engaging User Experience
The user interface for SAP Crystal Server software has been redesigned for a clean, unified look and feel. SAP designed the user interface so that you can more easily transition between SAP Crystal Server and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, leveraging the common user interface elements in both tools.
Common query panel across all client tools
A common query panel makes it easier to access data through the universe semantic layer, whether you're designing a report, designing a dashboard, or exploring data.
Integrate hierarchical data into your universe
Unlike other solutions that require separate tools to access online analytical processing and relational data, the universe component enables access to both data sources, without flattening the OLAP hierarchy and losing its structure. Relational data can also be presented hierarchically.
Simplified data access
SAP Crystal Server simplifies data access by leveraging universes built with the report design tool. You can use the query panel to build queries against the universe.
The report design tool in SAP Crystal Server includes UI innovations such as smart guidelines. These save time by allowing columns to be moved and resized as one element, while automatically adjusting adjacent.
The report design tool in SAP Crystal Server provides translation manager support. A single report can support multiple languages and integrate with the tool for managing translated text.
OLAP and relational data access
With the report design tool in SAP Crystal Server, you can access data from both OLAP and relational data sources.
Usage recommendations and road map
Both SAP Crystal Reports 2011 software and the report design tool can be used with SAP Crystal Server 2011 software. SAP Crystal Server 2011 includes dual runtime engines so that each type of report can coexist, side-by-side. If you need to create and modify reports based on the universe semantic layer, SAP recommends you use the report design tool in SAP Crystal Server. A license of SAP Crystal Reports 2011 is required to activate this tool. If you need to create and modify reports that require access to Open Database Connectivity or other direct data sources, SAP recommends you, use SAP Crystal Reports 2011. SAP plans to add direct-to-data access to the report design tool in a future release.
You can combine both online analytical processing and relational data sources into a single, unified semantic layer. This allows you to present relational data in a hierarchical view, with access to hierarchical OLAP data as well. The information design tool, enables you to author universes that bring together multiple data sources, as well as access both hierarchical and relational data in the same universe. Universes can be consumed in all supported clients including the report design tool in SAP Crystal Server; SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software; SAP BusinessObjects Live Office software; and the SAP Crystal Dashboard Design solution, departmental edition. SAP Crystal Server 2011 also supports existing business views.
The RPTR format provides a read-only RPTexport option, giving you the confidence that end users won't be able to modify reports. Reports in RPTR format cannot be opened by any SAP Crystal Reports design tool. This read-only feature is particularly valuable for independent software vendors wishing to secure reports that will be redistributed in applications.