With the recent announcement of both SAP Crystal Server 2011 and SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI 4.0, there’s lots of interest in clarifying the differences between the 2 products.
This image provides a summary of the differences.
In general, SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI 4.0 differs from SAP Crystal Server in 2 main ways: functionality, and capacity.
From a functionality standpoint, Edge BI 4.0 standard edition adds:
- Ahoc analysis with Webi
- OLAP analysis
- BI widgets
- SAP integration
- Mobile BI
- Dashboards viewing and Explorer in CAL licenses.
From a capacity standpoint, Edge BI provides for either CAL or NUL licenses for all advanced BI content (Webi, Dashboard viewing, Explorer, BI Workspace) while SAP Crystal Server only allows NUL licenses to access Dashboards, Explorer, and BI Workspaces to a maximum of 100 NULs.
On the other hand, SAP Crystal Server reflects its reporting roots by supporting report viewing to a maximum of 250 CALs.
I hope this summary helps you understand the differences between SAP Crystal Server and the Edge BI editions, and SAP BusinessObjects BI/EIM 4.0.