Introducing Crystal Reports Server 2008
You’ve Never Shared a Report like This Before
Julie Ingram, Product Manager
George Hriscu, Product Marketing Manager
Market Launch – July 15th
Agenda
Report management
The need to manage reports
Crystal Reports Server 2008
Demo
Competitive Information
Pricing and Licensing
How to Win in the Market
Q&A
Report Management
A look at Reporting today…
CURRENT REPORTS…
BUSINESS IMPACT
•Are generated manually
•Report backlog delays decision
making
•Are distributed via email
•Sensitive information may leak to
unintended audiences
•Only provide “one view” and are
static
•Lack of interactivity makes
answering questions challenging
•Contain outdated information
•IT staff is overwhelmed with
requests for updated reports
Reporting Today
 The
A New
Opportunity

Challenge
––
Business Users
can
use
Interactive
reports
are
accessible only
––
––
–
Interactive
parameters
Via
developer
applications
What-is
models 2008 desktop designer
With
the scenario
Crystal Reports
Operational reporting
End Users have
limitedusers
options
to explore
and share
interactive reports
Empower
to get
more business
insights
What are the Implications?
You spend more
time working
You need more
people to run and
distribute reports
You face
increasing IT
costs
Solve These Issues Now
Centrally manage reports created in
Crystal Reports 2008 to easily deliver
compelling information to end users
Distribute, schedule, and secure reports
Interactive Reports Anywhere
Publish Reports to the Web

Accessible anywhere

Secure

Refreshable
Share Reports within Portals

Leverage existing information repositories

Consistent view for all users
Deliver Reports in Virtually Any Format
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Email

Microsoft Office -- refreshable
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PDF

Crystal Reports (.rpt)

XML

And more…
Easily distribute interactive reports
Simplify Report Management by
Scheduling Reports
Information changes—access to current data drives better decisions
Schedule reports at any frequency
Variety of delivery options

Web (InfoView)

Email

FTP server

File system
Reduce IT costs
Secure Reports
Easily control access to information in an automated way
Set report security at the user, group, object, and folder levels

Custom Access Levels make this even easier
Secure information sharing is a requirement of many compliance regulations
(Sarbanes-Oxley)
Get the right information to the right people
Grow with Your Customers
Easy migration to more comprehensive business intelligence solutions
An easy upsell as your customer’s needs grow
Natural migration to Business Objects Edge 3.0 or BusinessObjects Enterprise
 Designed on the same platform as Business Objects XI 3.0
What’s New in This Release
Deliver the Most Compelling Reports
Available
Centrally Manage Reports with the interactivity of Crystal Reports 2008
Share stunning reports

Embed Adobe Flash, Flex, and Xcelsius
models
Make Better Decisions

What-if scenarios
Be More Productive

Take action with operational reports
Maintain Fewer Reports

Interactivity lets one report satisfy
information many needs
Get More Relevant Information

Use interactive parameters and on-report
sorting
Simplified Report Management
Completely redesigned Central Management Console (CMC)
Improved Usability

Navigation, workflows, and menu structure
Execute actions on multiple selected objects with Bulk Action support
Easier security management with custom access levels
Integration of Instance Manager into the CMC

Manage job scheduling
Reduce the burden on IT by making report management easy!
More Flexible Licensing
Accommodate both casual and dedicated users
Purchase the number of report
designers (Crystal Reports 2008) that
meets your specific needs
 The designer is no longer included
with Crystal Reports Server
Flexibility to meet your customer’s
needs
Combine named user and concurrent
access license
Accessible price point with named
user licenses
Demo
Competing Against Microsoft
Reporting Services
Overcoming Microsoft Reporting Service’s Strengths
I get a “free” reporting solution with
my database
You need to buy another SQL license to run SQL Server Reporting
Services on a separate server.
The free solution or Excel is “good
enough”
Crystal Reports 2008 can be used for any type of reporting (even
financial)—and has been focused on business intelligence for 15 years.
Reporting Service’s Weaknesses
No offline report viewing and no ondemand report viewing solution.
Crystal Reports Viewer XI is available for free, which enables viewing of
reports even when you’re disconnected from your server.
CrystalReports.com allows you to share your reports online, and we host
your files for you—so there’s no need to deploy anything or to depend on
IT.
Static export to Excel and PDF
Crystal Reports Server lets you embed refreshable reports into Microsoft
Office documents.
Less flexible licensing
Crystal Reports Server 2008 more cost effective because it’s the only
solution that lets you cater to your customer’s specific needs,
accommodating casual and dedicated users, and any number of report
designers
No Adobe Flex or Flash integration
Reporting Services reports are still static and dull, their commitment to
Silverlight makes Flash integration unlikely
What this means for YOU
Win in the Market!
Increase your average order value
 Use the new 5 named user license solution to get into price-sensitive accounts
 Add Crystal Reports Server 2008 to new and existing Crystal Reports 2008 deals
Upgrade customers on older versions for complete management
 Works for Crystal Reports and Crystal Reports Server
Sell Crystal Reports 2008 with your database opportunities
(including SQL Server)
Meet any customers need with our flexible licensing
Seed your market for adoption of BusinessObjects Edge and
Enterprise solutions!
Your Sales Support Resources
Partner Information Resources

partner.businessobjects.com
Americas channel sales and support
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Channel hotline: 1-888-866-2366, available from 6AM to 5PM PST
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Deal registration, buddy calls/upsell
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Email: [email protected]

partner.businessobjects.com
EMEA channel sales and support

Call your account manager
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[email protected]

crystalgo.com/marketing
Your Sales Support Resources
APJ channel sales and support

Call your account manager

Product materials and regional contact information can be found on the resource centre:
http://reseller.businessobjects.com/
Thank You & Questions
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