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Business Objects XI - Crystal

We're working with BI 70 NetWeaver 2004s. We will be using the Business Objects XI capabilities instead of the Bex Query designer. I was able to find information about how Business Objects XI Crystal can read the BI tables and has the look and feel similar to the Bex Query Designer (drag and drop of InfoObjects), but I am not able to find any information about Variable User Exits and the Cell Editor capabilities and other capabilities such as RKFs, CKFs, Structures, Workbooks, Selection Screen to allow user to enter dates, etc.

Has anyone worked with the Crystal Business Object XI Frontend Interface to advise me the flexibilities that it has similar to BI BEx Query Designer.

It seems that BO XI Crystal is mainly used to expedite the dashboard development. Is it also static reporting?

How does it handle dynamic date selection? Is there a technical implementation documentation somewhere that I can do a comparison between this and the BEx Query Designer?

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    Posted on Dec 27, 2007 at 05:24 PM

    Hi Edna,

    Crystal Reports is using a BW Query has the underlying datasource. You can connect directly to a cube without a query as well but you would loose functionalities like the SAP server side variables and navigational attributes.

    You can use Crystal Reports on top of a underlying SAP BW query to create Enterprise style reports and for sure it allows you to create static reports.

    Perhaps you can give me some more background and I will see what kind of documentation and whitepapers would fit.

    regards

    Ingo Hilgefort

    Business Objects

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