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Crystal Reports Visual AdvantageI recently attended the Evans Data Corporation’s Developer Relations Conference and a interesting point came up. The point was that the profile of the developer is changing. It wasn’t something new or something I wasn’t aware of previously, but it did hit home and brought the point back to my attention. With the advent of Web 2.0 and easier to use tools and technologies almost anyone can become a developer and create dynamic mashup applications.

I was reminded of this as I started creating some training around the new Crystal Reports 2008 and Xcelsius 2008 bundle. Xcelsius 2008 has made easier to embed Xcelsius dashboards into Crystal Reports 2008 reports, allowing users with very little experience to create compelling data visualization mashups with Flash, Xcelsius, and Crystal Reports. Xcelsius 2008 and Crystal Reports 2008 allow developers to easily connect dashboards and reports without the need of any code or special report formulas. Learn how to integrate Crystal Reports 2008 and Xcelsius 2008 Xcelsius has the ability to connect to various different data sources, but almost all of its connectivity is via web services. Creating new web services isn’t always an easy thing, especially for those with limited technical ability. Xcelsius 2008 Engage now comes with a new tool that can create secure web services off of any ODBC data source without the need to write any code. We just launched Crystal Reports 2008 Visual Advantage that combines Crystal Reports 2008 and Xcelsius 2008 Engage. For those using Xcelsius with Business Objects Enterprise, you have a similar tool in Query as a Web Service which allows you to leverage your enterprise data in your the Universes and semantic layer of Business Objects. For those Xcelsius users with greater data connectivity needs, they can use Crystal Reports to connect to almost any data source and then use the data in Crystal to populate the Xcelsius dashboard. I think the key thing here is that these new tools are opening up data connectivity, web services, and mashups to those with little experience in programming code. Watch my demo on integrating Crystal Reports 2008 with Xcelsius 2008

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