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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    BI Standard Reporting

    8.8

    SAP Crystal

    88%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pixel Perfect reports

    8.3
    83%
    111 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable dashboards

    9.0
    90%
    98 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Formatting Templates

    9.1
    91%
    116 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ad-hoc Reporting

    8.7

    SAP Crystal

    87%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Drill-down analysis

    8.3
    83%
    116 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Formatting capabilities

    8.8
    88%
    134 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with R or other statistical packages

    8.5
    85%
    64 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report sharing and collaboration

    9.3
    93%
    119 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Output and Scheduling

    9.1

    SAP Crystal

    91%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Publish to Web

    9.1
    91%
    90 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publish to PDF

    9.3
    93%
    132 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Versioning

    9.0
    90%
    94 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Report Delivery Scheduling

    9.1
    91%
    96 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Delivery to Remote Servers

    9.1
    91%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Discovery and Visualization

    7.9

    SAP Crystal

    79%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)

    7.6
    76%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization

    8.4
    84%
    75 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Predictive Analytics

    7.8
    78%
    42 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Access Control and Security

    8.4

    SAP Crystal

    84%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Multi-User Support (named login)

    8.0
    80%
    81 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-Based Security Model

    8.0
    80%
    79 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)

    8.5
    85%
    79 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Single Sign-On (SSO)

    9.1
    91%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Capabilities

    8.5

    SAP Crystal

    85%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Responsive Design for Web Access

    8.8
    88%
    62 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile Application

    7.8
    78%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile

    8.9
    89%
    57 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

    8.0

    SAP Crystal

    80%

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    SAP Crystal ranks higher in 6/6 features

    REST API

    7.4
    74%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Javascript API

    8.4
    84%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    iFrames

    7.1
    71%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Java API

    8.9
    89%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Themeable User Interface (UI)

    8.3
    83%
    37 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizable Platform (Open Source)

    7.8
    78%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

    SAP Crystal

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    74%
    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Long-term financial planning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    33 Ratings

    Financial budgeting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    34 Ratings

    Forecasting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.4
    74%
    37 Ratings

    Scenario modeling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.2
    62%
    33 Ratings

    Management reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    37 Ratings

    Consolidation and Close

    SAP Crystal

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    81%
    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Financial data consolidation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    34 Ratings

    Journal entries and reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    30 Ratings

    Multi-currency management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    26 Ratings

    Intercompany Eliminations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    29 Ratings

    Minority Ownership

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    21 Ratings

    Local and consolidated reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    31 Ratings

    Detailed Audit Trails

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    29 Ratings

    Financial Reporting and Compliance

    SAP Crystal

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    82%
    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Financial Statement Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    32 Ratings

    Management Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    36 Ratings

    Excel-based Reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    36 Ratings

    Automated board and financial reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    28 Ratings

    Analytics and Reporting

    SAP Crystal

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    81%
    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Personalized dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    22 Ratings

    Color-coded scorecards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    19 Ratings

    KPIs

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    31 Ratings

    Cost and profitability analysis

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    27 Ratings

    Key Performance Indicator setting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    23 Ratings

    Benchmarking with external data

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    18 Ratings

    Integration

    SAP Crystal

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.4

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    74%
    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Flat file integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    32 Ratings

    Excel data integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    35 Ratings

    Direct links to 3rd-party data sources

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.7
    67%
    23 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • SAP Crystal is rated higher in 7 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance, Support Rating, In-Person Training, Implementation Rating
    • SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) is rated higher in 4 areas: Availability, Ease of integration, Product Scalability, Vendor pre-sale
    • SAP Crystal and SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) are tied in 2 areas: Configurability, Vendor post-sale

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    SAP Crystal

    91%
    157 Ratings
    7.8

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    78%
    38 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    SAP Crystal

    100%
    19 Ratings
    7.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    70%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.3

    SAP Crystal

    93%
    28 Ratings
    9.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    8.0

    SAP Crystal

    80%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    90%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    8.0

    SAP Crystal

    80%
    2 Ratings
    7.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.3

    SAP Crystal

    83%
    36 Ratings
    7.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    70%
    2 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    10.0

    SAP Crystal

    100%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    90%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    SAP Crystal

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    90%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    8.8

    SAP Crystal

    88%
    28 Ratings
    8.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.0

    SAP Crystal

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    80%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    7.0

    SAP Crystal

    70%
    1 Rating
    7.9

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    79%
    38 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.0

    SAP Crystal

    70%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    90%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    8.0

    SAP Crystal

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    80%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.0

    SAP Crystal

    70%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    80%
    1 Rating

    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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    Pricing Details

    SAP Crystal

    Starting Price

    $295 per single user license

    Editions & Modules

    SAP Crystal editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    SAP Crystal Reports 2020 64-Bit4951
    Upgrade Version to SAP Crystal Reports 20202952
    SAP Crystal Reports 2016 32-Bit4953
    SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL8694
    SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL$8,7445

    Footnotes

    1. per single user license
    2. per single user license
    3. per single user license
    4. per user license + first year maintenance to be added
    5. 5 concurrent users + first year maintenance to be added

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    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.

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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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