Announcing the SAP Crystal solutions portfolio
Today the team is happy to announce the creation of the new SAP Crystal solutions portfolio brand. This new portfolio brand includes four familiar product lines:
- SAP Crystal Reports
- SAP Crystal Reports Server
- SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, personal edition (formerly Xcelsius Engage)
- SAP Crystal Presentation Design (fomerly Xcelsius Present)
SAP Crystal solutions is a portfolio brand. It’s a peer of the SAP BusinessObjects brand, and is focused on delivering products that are easy to try, easy to buy and easy to use. SAP Crystal solutions are available on our eStore and through our reseller partners.
Why Are We Doing This?
This is an important evolution of both the SAP and Crystal brands, and is a very tangible and visible commitment to the Crystal product line by SAP. SAP is recognizing and embracing the role of volume products like Crystal Reports, and of volume oriented sales channels like eStore and 2-tier distribution.
The Crystal brand is now elevated from a reporting-focused product line to a portfolio. Its meaning now goes beyond reporting, to cover dashboarding, presentation, analysis, and other new products we add to the portfolio over time.
With this transition, we will be phasing out the Xcelsius brand name. The strong technology foundation that underpins our dashboarding and presentation products will stay the same. This is a name change, not a technology change. For more information on the Xcelsius brand migration please consult this blog.
Are the Product Names Changing?
As SAP Crystal solutions is tied to SAP branding standards, we will be adopting the SAP standard of using descriptive product names. That means you should be able to tell what the product does (at a high level) from the product name.
|Crystal Reports||SAP Crystal Reports|
|Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010||SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010|
|Crystal Reports for Eclipse||SAP Crystal Reports for Eclipse|
|Crystal Reports Viewer||SAP Crystal Reports viewer|
|Crystal Reports Server||SAP Crystal Reports Server|
|Crystal Reports Visual Advantage||SAP Crystal Reports Dashboard Design package|
|Crystal Reports Developer Advantage||SAP Crystal Reports runtime server license|
|Xcelsius Present||SAP Crystal Presentation Design|
|Xcelsius Engage||SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, personal edition|
What New Products Are Being Announced?
In addition to the SAP Crystal portfolio brand, we are also announcing a number of new products and add-ons. Most of these products will be available for sale starting June 7 2010. The exception is SAP Crystal Interactive Analysis which will be available in July 2010.
|SAP Crystal Reports Server, add-on for Microsoft Outlook||Work with SAP Crystal Reports Server right from within Outlook.|
|SAP Crystal Reports Server, add-on for ESRI GIS software||Bidirectional integration with your ESRI ArcGIS, ESRI ArcIMS or ESRI ArcMap products.|
|SAP Crystal Reports Server, advanced administration package||Lower the cost of ownership of large SAP Crystal Reports Server implementations. Consists of 5 tools: Object Manager, InfoScheduler, Instance Manager, Instance Monitor, and KPI.|
|SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, departmental edition||Full featured dashboard design software. Deploy dashboards standalone or to SAP Crystal Reports Server. Limited to a maximum of 100 named users per dashboard deployment. Viewers of connected dashboards require a named user license.|
|SAP Crystal Dashboard Viewing option||The named user viewing license that complements SAP Crystal Dashboard Design, departmental edition. Sold in packs of 10 named users. Required for standalone dashboarding deployments. Dashboards can be viewed by named users of SAP Crystal Reports Server without additional licensing.|
|SAP Crystal Dashboard Design starter package||A bundle of 1 named user of SAP Crystal Dasbhoard Design, departmental edition and 10 named users of SAP Crystal Dashboard Viewing option. Ideal for projects that require dashboard viewing but don’t require the additional features in SAP Crystal Reports Server.|
|SAP Crystal Interactive Analysis||
Formerly known as Web Intelligence Personal, this desktop query and analysis tool brings powerful BI functionality to business analysts and knowledge workers.
Available for sale in July 2010.
While not strictly part of the SAP Crystal family of offerings, SAP StreamWork will be available in distribution starting in June 2010.
If you’re not familiar with this product, visit SAPStreamWork.com to learn more about this exciting collaboration and decision making product.
What Does This Mean To You?
- SAP Crystal solutions is a family of BI solutions that are easy to try, easy to buy, and grow with your organization.
- SAP Crystal solutions represents the best of both the SAP and Crystal Reports brands.
- SAP Crystal solutions demonstrates a tangible commitment to these product lines and channels by the broader corporation.
For More Information
See this blog for more details on the XCELSIUS® BRAND MIGRATION.
Q: Why are we doing this now, before the rollout of the next version?
A: The next major versions of CR, PD, and DD (note the new-school abbreviations!) won’t be available in distribution and eStore until 2011, and we felt the benefits of aligning the volume products under a single umbrella brand outweighed the benefits of waiting.
Q: Whats the new name of Xcelsius Enterprise?
A: SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard Design. This is sold through our direct sales force and VAR partners, not through distribution and eStore so it retains the SAP BusinessObjects branding.