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The other week we had a great ASUG webcast with the SAP Product Team from SAP China.  This is the first time in several years that we have had a Crystal Reports webcast with the SAP Product team.

SAP also informed me this is the 25th anniversary of Crystal Reports.  Where I work we have used Crystal Reports for several years.  It is still the best SAP BI client tool that works with SAP ECC (it can “talk” to the ECC/ERP tables unlike other tools).  It can also use the ABAP ALV as a data source.  No other BI tools can do that.

So now on to the webcast recap below, also posted here.

This was an ASUG webcast week given by SAP.  More upcoming ASUG webcasts can be found here Upcoming ASUG Business Intelligence Community Webcasts

SAP converged all the Crystal Reports roadmaps into one.

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Everything in the future is subject to change; the legal disclaimer applies.

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Different versions of Crystal Reports

Most customers are familiar with Crystal Reports 2016

 

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The direction is fix the gaps

Focus is distributed formatted information, text reporting

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Added additional chart types, waterfall charts, improved platform support

Upcoming SP will include flash support removal for prompts

Platform support will include more data source options

Geomap support for C4E

In 2019 will have a unified viewer

 

What’s New

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Above shows what is new in SP05, released in December

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There can be more than 1 database in single server; multi server failover option

Supported in both CR4E and Crystal Reports 2016

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Multi-locale instances can be viewed

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Above shows support for Smart View in the Fiorified BI Launch Pad

Smart view is not a new feature

 

Plans for SP06 – planned in Q3 this Year

 

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UI5 prompting was mentioned in roadmap

Main purpose is to remove Flash

Also try to modernize the prompting experience

Switch to turn on / off

 

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UFL support in CR4E

 

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Share images and text options – no matter CR2016 or CR4E

 

To influence Crystal Reports go to https://influence.sap.com/sap/ino/#/campaign/897

 

Q&A

Q: What is the ROAD-MAP for Dynamic-Parameters (*Crystal Business-View Manger)..?

A: business view still support but you should use IDT

 

Q: Is there any PLAN from SAP for a ‘Business-View to IDT prompt’ Migration-Tool or Method..? (*some customers have 100’s of Business Views)

A: SAP is not aware of plans for this.

 

A: Crystal Reports for Enterprise 2016 SP5 download: http://downloads.businessobjects.com/akdlm/crystalserver/51052531_3_Crystal_Server_2016_SP5_CR_for_Ent_(32Bit).ZIP Install with existing CR2016 (Classic) key, or this temp code for a 30-day trial: D720A-YVSX30S-BYNDNDX-1A30040-WE

What are your thoughts on Crystal Reports plans and the 25th anniversary of Crystal Reports?

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