SAP provided this ASUG webcast today. This product is in ramp-up and not yet GA, so things in the future are subject to change and the usual legal disclaimer applies.
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Figure 1 shows a new deployment option
“Pixel perfect reports” can be launched to SAP BusinessObjects Lumira Server Launchpad
Customers do not rely on separate BI Platform; they can leverage HANA platform
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Figure 2 shows what is coming soon
You can surface Crystal Reports on the Lumira Launchpad
The speakers said you can embed for mobile in the future – UI5 viewer experience
HEC/HCP will also extend Crystal SDK and services
SAP is supporting alternate ways to access HANA database, including JDBC support
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Figure 3 shows the deployment of Crystal service in HANA
On the left of Figure 3 is Crystal for Enterprise designer – same as today BI4.1 SP4 (when released) – save to HANA repository
In the middle of Figure 3 is the CR connector DU – delivery unit install on HANA server to do proxying for requests on HANA
On the right of Figure 3 is the Crystal reporting service – separate server – add-on – separate machine as side car to HANA server
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Figure 4 shows the architecture. The delivery unit is on the HANA appliance
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Figure 5 shows the HANA deployment requirements for Crystal for HANA
Note that (to my knowledge) BI4.1 SP04 is not yet out, planned any day.
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Security is managed by HANA. Figure 6 shows you configure trust between HANA and the Cyrstal Server.
You can promote content for Lumira Launchpad
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Figure 7 shows you can save to HANA repository – folders that represents the HANA packages that user has rights to
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Figure 8 shows how Crystal Reports will work on the Lumira Launchpad. You can export content to PDF – similar to BI4.1 today
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Figure 9 shows the set up for Crystal Reports for Enterprise and creating connections to the HANA repository for reporting.
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Figure 10 shows how to start creating a new report against the HANA platform.
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Figure 11 shows the familiar Crystal query panel against HANA.
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Figure 12 shows the Crystal Reports are automatically saved without data. SAP said this simplifies security
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Figure 13 shows how the dialogs are changed for HANA.
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Figure 14 shows how the Crystal Reports on HANA will appear on the Lumira Launchpad.
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Figure 15 shows the Crystal Viewer on the Lumira Launchpad
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Figure 16 covers known limitations with this solution.
Question & Answer
Q: Could you explain further on the limitation with MDX for analytical and calculation views ?
A: Some limitations – calculation attributes and input parameters – still not supported in MDX. SAP note talks about those limitations. If pull measure no dim may get strange behavior
A: We are looking into publishing SAP Notes on specific examples of cases where behaviour needs to be called out and made aware; likely they will be searchable via SMP for SAP Notes using CR4H as a keyword
Q: Q. Does Kerberos SSO (win AD) work for CRE and HANA?
A: No restrictions on authentication method; qualified around consumption scenario; if Lumira Launchpad supports it
Q: are you able to use Crystal Reports in Hana without BOBJ BI?
A: Yes – that is the point behind this solution; do not need BI platform to use Crystal for Enterprise.
Q: Based on the answer to a previsou question, this deployment methond is not recommended for BI4.1 customers ?
A: For the customers on BI4.1 you have pieces in place; CR engine is there in BI4.1 > may not need this solution; may need for HANA Live
A: CREnt in BI4.1 already supports connecting to HANA Views via MDX (Use CMC to create an OLAP connection to HANA, and using CREnt, connect to BI Platform to find an OLAP Connection to this HANA server to get to your views for report creation)
Planned release (subject to change) is end of June.
Source: SAP – Future Direction, subject to change
You can see in the above slide that Crystal Reports is part of the future direction for BI clients.