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SAP Crystal Server Analytics Edition.jpgSAP is seizing the opportunity to address the big data needs of small and medium size businesses (SMB) with the integrated solution – SAP Crystal Server, analytics edition. This solution integrates one of the most well-known reporting solutions with the most widely-used database in the market.  When you add in business intelligence and data integration, you have a complete enterprise solution, but for a small budget.

To truly understand the impact of this solution on the SMB market, let’s discuss what big data really means. After all, big data defines a challenge that’s more complex than just “a lot of data.” Gartner Group states that “big data in general is defined as high volume, velocity, and variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight, and decision making.”

These demands are not specific to just large enterprises. All businesses, even those on small budgets, have these needs.

SAP Crystal Server, analytics edition is SAP’s solution for companies with small budgets that use big data.  This solution includes:

  • SAP Crystal Server 2011, the heart of this solution, and the upgrade of SAP Crystal Reports Server.
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer software in named user licenses for the product. This tool enables end users to perform guided searches and explore corporate data. The addition of this business intelligence capability is the primary reason that “Reports” was removed from the name, as explained in the SAP Crystal Solutions 2011 FAQ.
  • SAP Sybase IQ, the analytics server for data warehousing and business intelligence. There’s no question that this database is a success in the market. SAP Sybase IQ has four times more customers than all other column databases combined, and wins more new customers in a year than other column databases have in total.
  • Integration with SAP Data Integrator to ensure that no data is out of reach. Now, SMBs can connect to their business data wherever it resides, whether it’s structured or unstructured.

With SAP Crystal Server, analytics edition, small and medium size businesses can gain a big data advantage on a small business budget.  It’s the quick and easy way to turn disconnected and overwhelming volumes of data into actionable insight. Check out some analytic samples from different industries to get a better idea of the value of this solution.

And stay tuned for future posts on how SAP Crystal solutions can help you address business intelligence visualization and mobilization.

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