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5 steps to take the advantage of using Crystal Reports as a data source in SAP Analytics Cloud

With the capability of creating pixel-perfect, powerful and richly formatted reports from virtually any data source, SAP Crystal Reports is being widely used by more than 1,000,000 regular users. In SAP BusinessObjects BI4.3 release, Crystal Reports in SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform extends its use case from the on-premises environment to the cloud environment by Crystal Reports 2020 OData Service on recurring schedules function. After simply installing and configuring SAPCP Cloud Connector, now you can use Crystal Reports as a data source in SAP Analytics Cloud.

In this case, you are able to:

  • Seamlessly import Crystal Reports processed data sources and defined calculation results to SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Keep Crystal Reports data up to date with scheduled data import in SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Extend your business scenario to dashboarding, storytelling, planning and predictive
  • Experience the cutting-edge and fast innovations in SAP Analytics Cloud (e.g.: Augmented BI, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing…)
  • Unlock a better mobile experience provided by SAP Analytics Cloud

5 steps to start your SAP Analytics Cloud journey by using Crystal Reports as a data source

  1. Make sure HTTP basic authentication in BI Platform is enabled and the prerequisites are met, then you are able to find the exact Crystal Reports OData Service URL in Fiorified BI Launch Pad
  2. Installing and configuring SAPCP Cloud Connector  
  3. Create an Odata Services Connection in SAP Analytics Cloud
  4. Build a query and create a model from Odata Services Connection in SAP Analytics Cloud
  5. (Optional) Schedule a data import job for this model in SAP Analytics Cloud
  6. Enjoy your SAP Analytics Cloud journey

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By 5-steps enabling Crystal Reports as a data source in SAP Analytics Cloud, you can quickly start your cloud journey without any changes in your on-premises environment. To discover deep insights from data, simplify access to critical information and empower informed decision making, Crystal Reports 2020 OData Service for SAP Analytics Cloud is something you don’t want to miss!


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      Author's profile photo Adrian Lawrence
      Adrian Lawrence

      Its great that Crystal Reports is still going strong, I remember using that for the first time back in the late 1990's and being impressed with it way back then.