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.
Everything in the future is subject to change; the legal disclaimer applies.
Different versions of Crystal Reports
Most customers are familiar with Crystal Reports 2016
The direction is fix the gaps
Focus is distributed formatted information, text reporting
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
Above shows what is new in SP05, released in December
There can be more than 1 database in single server; multi server failover option
Supported in both CR4E and Crystal Reports 2016
Multi-locale instances can be viewed
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
UI5 prompting was mentioned in roadmap
Main purpose is to remove Flash
Also try to modernize the prompting experience
Switch to turn on / off
UFL support in CR4E
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: 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?