Share Data Access with SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 on Top of SAP NetWeaver BW

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • April 4, 2011
Learn about some of the new capabilities of SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 and how you can connect the tool to your SAP NetWeaver BW data.
Key Concept
SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 provides end users with capabilities for formatted reporting. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 is a fully redesigned report designer and is the successor to SAP Crystal Reports 2008

The SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 suite has two different editions of SAP Crystal Reports Designer (Figure 1). SAP Crystal Reports 2011 is a designer with incremental updates to SAP Crystal Reports 2008. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 is a fully redesigned version of SAP Crystal Reports 2008 developed with a focus on large enterprise users and on integrating SAP Crystal Reports with SAP environments. The main difference between SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 is the data connectivity provided by each of the designers.

Figure 1
SAP Crystal Reports editions in SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise 4.0

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 (Figure 2) is able to leverage the connectivity to the semantic layer as part of the SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 suite. It is also able to leverage the new connectivity using the so-called Transient Universe option that uses BI Consumer Services (BICS). Using the semantic layer SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 is able to connect to the relational schema of InfoProviders in SAP NetWeaver BW. In addition Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0 is able to leverage the multi-source universe capabilities and in that way combine data from SAP NetWeaver BW with other data sources. The recommended approach for data connectivity to SAP NetWeaver BW is to use Transient Universes based on the BI Consumer services connecting to your BEx queries.

Figure 2
SAP data connectivity for SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.0

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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