Developers encounter many obstacles when building web applications with top notch embedded reporting. The first is finding a report design tool that can help you build the interactive reports and visualize the data that end users require. Once the reports are developed and the visualizations complete, step two entails publishing to the web or embedding and integrating into custom applications.
Solving the first obstacle, Business Objects released Crystal Reports 2008 last November. This release was very significant due to the large number of new and incremental features in the product. Using a professional report designer like Crystal Reports 2008 can save developers hours of development by allowing the de-coupling of complexities of report design with the code used to embed reports in to custom applications. Building on over 15 years of experience Crystal Reports is the most popular reporting tool in the market. Focusing on four key themes Crystal Reports 2008 solves a number of issues faced by developers:
- Incorporating the wow-factor of data visualization
- Accessing what-if scenario modeling
- Exploring reports interactively
- Reducing report design time
If you want to find out more about Crystal Reports 2008 I would suggest checking out the Crystal Reports portal on the Business Objects community site http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/crystalreports.
Now we come to the second obstacle. Crystal Reports developers have always had to weigh the age old developer question of ‘build versus buy’: How can I quickly publish the Crystal Reports 2008 reports to the web? What’s the best way to manage large numbers of reports, and report instances? How do you distribute personalized data from same report to a customized list of recipients? What’s the best way authenticate and authorize access to your reports and data? These are all essential elements of any embedded reporting application. The question every developer needs to ask is whether or not it makes more sense to build these features themselves or leverage Business Objects deployment options.
With the release of BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0, developers now have the ability to leverage a trusted business intelligence platform to publish and manage reports, queries and analysis. Whether you want to forgo building a web portal to display your report assets or you want to use APIs for displaying reports and leveraging platform features in custom workflows, Business Objects has the developer covered with integrated APIs and application hooks.
BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0 will be the platform for both Crystal Reports Server 2008 and the BusinessObjects Edge series available later this year. Whether you’re a small shop, a mid size company or looking to roll out a fully fault tolerant and scalable Crystal Reports 2008 enterprise system, these two complementary products will provide developers with access to the features of one platform saving them time and money deploying and managing all of thier reporting and BI needs.