Deciphering the Significance Behind the New Crystal Reports Releases

  • by Scott Wallask, Managing Editor
  • June 24, 2011
Two new releases of SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports point to more significant future changes in the software.

The future of BusinessObjects Crystal Reports is two-pronged, and each option offers different messages for users of the popular software.

Crystal Reports 2011, part of the BusinessObjects BI 4.0 release that may be coming as soon as July 2011, mirrors the features in Crystal Reports 2008 for the most part. “Not much has really changed,” said Coy W. Yonce, III, a product manager for SAP Crystal Reports, who spoke during an SAP Web event about Crystal on June 22, 2011.

However, the new Crystal Reports for Enterprise offers sweeping, albeit incomplete, changes to the software and acts as a forerunner of things to come, according to information presented by Yonce.

Scott Wallask

Scott Wallask was the managing editor for the BI, BusinessObjects, and HANA content of SAPexperts. He has covered SAP for WIS since May 2010, with a focus on SAP NetWeaver BW, HANA, BusinessObjects, customer relationship management, supply chain management, and human resources. He has spent 19 years as a writer and editor, including stints as a reporter at several newspapers in the Boston area. For 12 years starting in 1998, he created in-depth content about fire safety and OSHA regulations in hospitals while working at HCPro, a healthcare publishing company. In 2005, he won a first place award for best instructional reporting from the Specialized Information Publishers Association for his series on fire protection efforts in nursing homes. He graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 1994 with a BA degree in print journalism.

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