Crystal Reports - A Means to an End!
May 05, 2016

Crystal Reports - A Means to an End!

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Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SAP Crystal Reports

We use Crystal Reports to integrate reporting with our advertising software. It is used across our company nationwide in our advertising departments. It allows us to create reports that all markets can use or custom reports for individual markets. We then load the reports into our advertising software that can then be used for multiple applications.

Pros

  • I like the ability to use SQL queries as a data source.
  • My users really like the cascading parameters that Crystal Reports allows.
  • Crystal Reports is a fairly intuitive reporting platform.

Cons

  • When moving an existing report to a different database connection the interface to do this not very user friendly.
  • This may sound minor but it is a big deal for me. In the formula editor window I would like to be able to use my mouse's wheel to move up and down in the window (currently it doesn't recognize the mouse wheel).
MS Access is somewhat slow and harder to work with. I really like MS SQL Report Server and have been in a position to work with it quite a bit along with Crystal Reports. However, changes within our company made it impossible to use SQL Report Server and now I solely use Crystal Reports and QlikView.
In my experience, when needing a report that can act as a pivot table, it is somewhat lacking.

SAP Crystal Feature Ratings

Pixel Perfect reports
Not Rated
Customizable dashboards
5
Report Formatting Templates
Not Rated
Drill-down analysis
4
Formatting capabilities
7
Integration with R or other statistical packages
Not Rated
Report sharing and collaboration
7
Publish to Web
Not Rated
Publish to PDF
9
Report Versioning
5
Report Delivery Scheduling
Not Rated
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
Not Rated
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
Not Rated
Predictive Analytics
7
Multi-User Support (named login)
Not Rated
Role-Based Security Model
Not Rated
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
Not Rated
Responsive Design for Web Access
Not Rated
Mobile Application
Not Rated
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
Not Rated

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