SAP Crystal vs. SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SAP Crystal
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
SAP Crystal is an analytics and reporting software solution for SMBs. SAP Crystal comprises Crystal Reports for pixel-perfect reporting, and SAP Crystal Server for automated distribution and self-service access to reports, dashboards and data exploration.
$295
per single user license
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
The SAP BPC software is designed to help users plan and achieve a faster, more accurate close. The SAP BPC software aims to help users spend more time growing their business and less time closing books. The vendor’s value proposition is that their software delivers planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial consolidation capabilities in a single application. This, in turn, enables them to easily adjust plans and forecasts, speed up budget and closing cycles, and ensure compliance with…N/A
Pricing
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Editions & Modules
Upgrade Version to SAP Crystal Reports 2020
$295
per single user license
SAP Crystal Reports 2020 64-Bit
$495
per single user license
SAP Crystal Reports 2016 32-Bit
$495
per single user license
SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL
$869
per user license + first year maintenance to be added
SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL
$8,744
5 concurrent users + first year maintenance to be added
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details* SAP Crystal Reports 2020 Viewer allows you to view static data within a SAP Crystal Reports file. * SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - Full version allows you to create powerful, richly formatted, and dynamic reports from virtually any data source, delivered in dozens of formats, in up to 28 languages. If you already have an older version of Crystal Reports, buy a license for SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - Upgrade at a discounted, upgrade price. * SAP Crystal Server 2020, 1 NUL includes 1 license of: SAP Crystal Reports 2020 - SAP Crystal Server 2020. * As an add-on to SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL, SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL allows you to support a wider, intermittent audience of end users, up to five logged on at the same time.
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Community Pulse
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Top Pros
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Features
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
9.3
122 Ratings
13% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
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Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports8.0111 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards10.097 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates10.0115 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
9.6
134 Ratings
17% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
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Ratings
Drill-down analysis10.0115 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities10.0133 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages8.663 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration10.0118 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
9.4
134 Ratings
12% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Publish to Web9.289 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF10.0131 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning9.093 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.096 Ratings00 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers10.052 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
8.0
88 Ratings
0% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)7.651 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization8.575 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.841 Ratings00 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
8.6
86 Ratings
1% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)7.879 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model7.778 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)8.478 Ratings00 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)9.038 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
8.4
62 Ratings
5% above category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access8.760 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application7.643 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile9.057 Ratings00 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
7.0
43 Ratings
12% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
REST API7.48 Ratings00 Ratings
Javascript API6.035 Ratings00 Ratings
iFrames7.18 Ratings00 Ratings
Java API6.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)8.337 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)7.031 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.7
37 Ratings
7% below category average
Long-term financial planning00 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Financial budgeting00 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Forecasting00 Ratings7.836 Ratings
Scenario modeling00 Ratings6.732 Ratings
Management reporting00 Ratings7.736 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8
36 Ratings
2% below category average
Financial data consolidation00 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Journal entries and reports00 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Multi-currency management00 Ratings8.325 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations00 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Minority Ownership00 Ratings6.920 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting00 Ratings7.930 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails00 Ratings8.227 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
36 Ratings
2% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting00 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Management Reporting00 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting00 Ratings7.735 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting00 Ratings8.027 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
32 Ratings
5% above category average
Personalized dashboards00 Ratings8.921 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards00 Ratings8.919 Ratings
KPIs00 Ratings8.630 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis00 Ratings8.826 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting00 Ratings8.823 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data00 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
SAP Crystal
-
Ratings
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0
35 Ratings
17% below category average
Flat file integration00 Ratings7.032 Ratings
Excel data integration00 Ratings7.934 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources00 Ratings6.022 Ratings
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User Ratings
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(156 ratings)
7.9
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(19 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.4
(28 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(21 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.8
(14 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
7.6
(36 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SAP CrystalSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
SAP
Generation of templated reports is the strong suit of SAP Crystal. Allows users to change formats in templates bases on requirement with minimal effort. Automated report delivery requires the user to be aware of sql which cannot be expected from all users. Should support more document export formats and improve the UI for SAP B1 Users
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SAP
SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
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Pros
SAP
  • Crystal Reports allows us to create a consistent template for all of our reports.
  • Crystal Reports and Server allows us to house a repository for all of our reports to make them easy to find and update when necessary.
  • Crystal Reports can connect to a wide variety of data sources.
  • Crystal Reports can be a little daunting when first implementing. There are a lot of nuances in learning how to truly master this software and it can be frustrating at times.
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SAP
  • SAP BPC is real time data. You can send information into the system and see it reflected in your reports immediately. Other systems may require a manual push into a reporting system.
  • SAP BPC is a shared reporting tool, so multiple users can be working in a model/environment at the same time, real time. This is especially helpful if your workbooks incorporated multiple processes requiring multiple users to get into the same model.
  • SAP BPC is a powerful tool designed to help all facets of the company, from cash flow to capital expenditures to headcount management to financial planning to consolidation.
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Cons
SAP
  • The export of reports to Excel is very cumbersome and the results are difficult to format.
  • The design of reports and the graphical features (e.g. charts) feel quite rigid.
  • The learning curve for a non-programmer is incredibly steep, making Crystal a specialty tool.
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SAP
  • Being from a law firm, the system needed a lot of custom tailoring in order to fit our full needs (although many companies could say the same thing). Although the ability to highly customize the system to the company's needs is a positive, it frequently results in the system responding in unexplainable and unrepeatable ways which negatively impacts and slows the budget process. Because of the sporadic nature and variety of the issues, we are unable to repeat them on cue and therefore cannot nail down a solution.
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Likelihood to Renew
SAP
We have been using this product for so many years and it has truly become a cornerstone to our business processes when it comes to developing and distributing information via reports. We currently have over 500 reports developed to date over about 30 systems and that will continue to grow as user needs change.
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SAP
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Usability
SAP
Crystal is very robust, but not always easy to use. It create wonderful looking reports, and so deserves a high rating. However, I have to take a couple of points off for the simple fact that I cannot hand it to a user and expect them to be able to do development with it.
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SAP
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
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Support Rating
SAP
The support community can be difficult to navigate. I've also run into issues with my login. The SAP system has a bizarre mechanism for validating users that requires users to have what is called an S-ID. A basic ID may not give you access to all the features in the portal. The limitation may include not being able to perform a simple task like downloading patches and updates. This isn't a big deal for single user license but for teams it can be a pain.
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SAP
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
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In-Person Training
SAP
Trainer was patient and thorough in going through the basics and willing to answer questions by email after the initial training
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SAP
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
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Online Training
SAP
No answers on this topic
SAP
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
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Implementation Rating
SAP
Just like any other implementation: When designing the differing reports, get end users' input, make sure to design the reports so that they display the information that the company requires, in the best and clearest way possible.
Test, test, test, revise when needed, and, particularly, do sufficient training so users are comfortable using Crystal Reports!
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SAP
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
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Alternatives Considered
SAP
Crystal reports is useful in case we want to import data from data base . We can write queries in it but Google Charts require to be implemented in our application using code so crystal reports is better than Google Charts.
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SAP
With Hyperion we struggled as it didn’t have integrated planning and consolidation, whereas BPC does have it. BPC is easier for reporting as it is Excel-based. Also BPC has prepackaged business process flows that helped a lot. Hyperion on the other hand has a faster response time for user queries or report generation.
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Return on Investment
SAP
  • It is a decent buy for specific departments in terms of reporting capabilities but updates and cost (frequent) demands are higher with the benefits offered.
  • So long as the requirements are not ever changing, with scheduling functionality, it's a handsome tool.
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SAP
  • Office administrators are able to enter data directly, freeing up accounting staff.
  • Dependent expenses such as taxes and benefits are automatically calculated, saving time for accounting staff.
  • Single source of data for budget information ensures consistency of information when reporting to senior management.
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ScreenShots

SAP Crystal Screenshots

Screenshot of Pixel-perfect reporting solutionScreenshot of Refresh with a clickScreenshot of Build pixel-perfect documentsScreenshot of Connect to all data sourcesScreenshot of Use drag and dropScreenshot of Build interactive reports

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) Screenshots

Screenshot of SAP BPC Home ScreenScreenshot of SAP BPC Web ClientScreenshot of SAP BPC DashboardScreenshot of SAP BPC Web Report