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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 6.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP Crystal

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
Issac Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAP Crystal
8.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Pixel Perfect reports
SAP Crystal
8.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Customizable dashboards
SAP Crystal
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Report Formatting Templates
SAP Crystal
8.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAP Crystal
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Drill-down analysis
SAP Crystal
8.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Formatting capabilities
SAP Crystal
8.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAP Crystal
8.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Report sharing and collaboration
SAP Crystal
8.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Report Output and Scheduling

SAP Crystal
8.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Publish to Web
SAP Crystal
8.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Publish to PDF
SAP Crystal
9.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Report Versioning
SAP Crystal
8.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAP Crystal
8.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAP Crystal
8.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAP Crystal
7.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAP Crystal
7.6
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAP Crystal
7.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Predictive Analytics
SAP Crystal
7.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Access Control and Security

SAP Crystal
8.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAP Crystal
8.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Role-Based Security Model
SAP Crystal
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAP Crystal
8.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAP Crystal
8.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Mobile Capabilities

SAP Crystal
7.9
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAP Crystal
8.3
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Dedicated iOS Application
SAP Crystal
7.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Dedicated Android Application
SAP Crystal
7.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAP Crystal
8.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAP Crystal
7.5
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
REST API
SAP Crystal
7.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Javascript API
SAP Crystal
7.8
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
iFrames
SAP Crystal
7.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Java API
SAP Crystal
8.1
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAP Crystal
7.6
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAP Crystal
7.2
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.4
Long-term financial planning
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Financial budgeting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.9
Forecasting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.9
Scenario modeling
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8
Management reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3

Consolidation and Close

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Financial data consolidation
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.6
Journal entries and reports
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.7
Multi-currency management
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
10.0
Intercompany Eliminations
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.6
Minority Ownership
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.6
Local and consolidated reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.9
Detailed Audit Trails
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
6.2

Financial Reporting and Compliance

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.5
Financial Statement Reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.3
Management Reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.4
Excel-based Reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
Automated board and financial reporting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.9

Analytics

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.8
Personalized dashboards
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.8
Color-coded scorecards
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
4.7
KPIs
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.3
Cost and profitability analysis
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
5.7
Key Performance Indicator setting
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0
Benchmarking with external data
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
4.6

Integration

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.1
Flat file integration
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
Excel data integration
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.2
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources
SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.1

Pros

SAP Crystal

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • 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.
Jeffrey Suk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SAP Crystal

  • 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.
Frank Hunt | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • 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.
Anthony DePasquale | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SAP Crystal

SAP Crystal 10.0
Based on 19 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

SAP Crystal

SAP Crystal 9.0
Based on 29 answers
The interface of SAP Crystal will be very familiar to most users as it follows the same text-based WYSIWYG interface as many other commonplace software. The build-in plugins, adapters and middleware to common data sources makes it rather easy to pull data for visualization and reporting. However, when dealing with less structured data, some more work needs to be done
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
Juan Carlos Crespo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SAP Crystal

SAP Crystal 7.4
Based on 24 answers
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.
Nathan Patrick Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAP Crystal

SAP Crystal 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Trainer was patient and thorough in going through the basics and willing to answer questions by email after the initial training
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

SAP Crystal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SAP Crystal

SAP Crystal 8.7
Based on 16 answers
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!
John Suit | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SAP Crystal

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SAP Crystal

  • 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.
Rohit Narang | TrustRadius Reviewer

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

  • When originally implemented (as the predecessor product Outlooksoft) BPC took ASU from trying to budget and forecast for a 2B enterprise out of spreadsheets and into a far more consolidated tool. It has saved us considerable time over the years and paid for itself several times over.
  • BPC also allows us to present our budget in multiple different views to support management, board and departmental reporting.
Rebecca T Barber, MBA, PHD | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

SAP Crystal

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

SAP Crystal Editions & Modules

Edition
SAP Crystal Reports 2020 64-Bit$4951
Upgrade Version to SAP Crystal Reports 2020$2951
SAP Crystal Reports 2016 32-Bit$4951
SAP Crystal Server 2020 1 NUL$8692
SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL$8,7443
  1. per single user license
  2. per user license + first year maintenance to be added
  3. 5 concurrent users + first year maintenance to be added
Additional Pricing 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)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

SAP Crystal
8.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

SAP Crystal
10.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

Usability

SAP Crystal
9.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Reliability and Availability

SAP Crystal
8.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Performance

SAP Crystal
8.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

Support Rating

SAP Crystal
7.4
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0

In-Person Training

SAP Crystal
10.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Online Training

SAP Crystal
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

Implementation Rating

SAP Crystal
8.7
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0

Scalability

SAP Crystal
7.0
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
9.0

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