The team behind the creation of the webElements has recently launched their second release of the custom function library. If you are not familiar with the webElements, it is a custom function library for Crystal Reports created by a number of report design experts at Business Objects.
This library of custom functions allows report designers to embedd web controls into their reports. Since the majority of reports Crystal Reports are viewed over the web it makes sense to be able to embed web controls or elements into them.
This type of functionality allows report developers to make their reports more interactive, allowing for things like operational business intelligence (BI). Operation BI has become one of the most popular buzy words in the business intelligence software market. Operational BI allows information workers to make operation decisions based on the information they discover in their reports.
Here is an example of how the webElements make this work. Using the webElements I can create a report that tells me the inventory of my widget factory. When I use webElements the report can double as a web form that allows me to submit inventory orders. I can then use the webElements to link to a report that informs me of the status of all my orders.
The webElements custom function library enables report developers to create interactive web based reports without ever having to leave Crystal Reports.
If you are new to the webElements or you have used the previous version you will want to find out more at the link below.