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What’s New Crystal Reports for HANA ASUG Webcast

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.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

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.


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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.

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      Author's profile photo Mark Richardson
      Mark Richardson

      While I think "do not need BI platform to use Crystal for Enterprise" answer is 100% true in this scenario, it would be an over-statement for anyone to confuse it with the overall direction of the SAP Analytics roadmap.

      In this case, SAP Analytics are adding another "flavour" to the SAP Lumira Server Launchpad for "View-on-Demand" CR4E content based on HANA, but many Real-World BI use-cases will still need the FULL BO-BI Platform for Bursting, Publications & (*Regulatory*) Instance-Retention, etc.....

      In addition, HANA is not "freeware" yet - so there's a HUGE Functional & TCO/ROI Gap that the Product and Licensing folks at SAP will need to Bridge BEFORE anyone "retires" the BI Platform.

      This solution is a good step by SAP for a very specific use-case, but wouldn't want it to confuse any casual web-viewers who may be looking for a broader statement of direction on... (*See LINK below) -

      The Future of Business Intelligence with SAP BusinessObjects

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      is HANA SP08 mandatory to deploy CR for HANA or is it possible to use revision 74, too? Are there any benefits if I deploy CR for HANA without having a Lumira Server?


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Mark - I haven't personally worked with this (since it is in ramp-up and I am not a ramp-up customer) so I recommend posting this as a question in the discussion forum.