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Utilize Crystal Reports as a SAP Analytics Cloud Data Source Workshop Q&A

For anyone who is participating in the SAP Analytics Cloud: Extend Your Analytics Workshop series, we have answered your frequently asked questions to help you understand the value of utilizing your Crystal Reports data in SAP Analytics Cloud as you consider how to move your SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite use cases to the cloud.

Register for to watch this workshop session on-demand and read the Q&A below:

Why should I connect Crystal Reports to SAP Analytics Cloud?

This is a step to transition your analytics use cases to the cloud – using your trusted calculations from existing Crystal Reports to a scheduled import to SAP Analytics Cloud. This is one option for you to extend to the cloud at your own pace, to take advantage of the modern analytics features in SAP Analytics Cloud while still leveraging your on-premise data.

Also check out: 5 Steps to Take Advantage of using Crystal Reports with SAP Analytics Cloud

Does any of the steps involve create a Transport Request and importing it through the system?

A transport is not required. You can schedule a recurring Crystal Reports 2020 report in the BI Platform, then create an OData service.

I see that the oData link from the SAP BI platfrom is not using a GUID. How will this work if you promote the schedule from a development environment to production?

Currently CR OData service generates a unique URL for each recurring schedule. After promotion of the schedule, users have to find the new URL in the destination (production) BOE system, and then create a new OData connection in SAC. We may take GUID in to consideration in the future.   

Do we need to create OData for each CR connection?

Yes, for each CR connection, you need to get an Odata URL.

Is there live data available for Crystal Reports or can we only use import?

Currently, only import connection is supported. Live connection is the direction we are looking into for the future.

Is this functionality limited to CR 2020?

BI 4.3 is required. But rpt files created earlier (for example, with CR 2013/2016) can still be used in BI 4.3, as source of this OData service.

Is the license for Crystal Reports included with SAP Analytics Cloud when connecting CR data?

It is not. This use case should be seen as an extension of Crystal Reports capabilities, not a replacement.

Is it necessary to use the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform to consume CR on SAP Analytics Cloud?

Yes, you do need the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.  Trying to connect to a stand-alone RPT would not work.

Can I connect other non-SAP data sources to SAP Analytics Cloud?

Yes! Please check out our connection guide blog here: Everything You Need to Know about SAP Analytics Cloud Connections

 

Workshop Questions

Are the sessions available on demand?

Yes. By registering for a workshop session, you will get the on demand link (if the session date has already passed) or a recording will be sent to you 2 hours after the session airs live.

Do I get access to a SAP Analytics Cloud account to try out the activities shown?

Yes! If you sign up for a workshop session while the sessions are running live, you will get access to a SAP Analytics Cloud account. This account expires on December 31, 2020.

 

It’s not too late to watch our product experts demo this scenario and sign up for future workshop session. We will be covering topics that help you explore hybrid analytics on November 5, 12, 19, and December 3, 2020. Register today.

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