SAP Crystal Reports Review

The ability to create reports via the GUI is a valuable feature


What is most valuable?

The ability to create reports via the GUI with click and drag at the table level as well as from SQL via Command objects.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used CR with a number of different db types (Oracle, SQL Server, etc.) for a number of different data types (health care, accounting, manufacturing, etc.). 

I have been using the app since version 5 in 1996. I was a certified instructor and implementation specialist on CR and BOE (and its predecessors Seagate Info) via the developers from 1997 through 2002.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

What little I have seen of other products I would select CR and BOE but I am not the decision maker of the organization..

What other advice do I have?

There are many suggestions but the first would be to develop a template of how you would like your reports to look. Consistent layout helps users focus on the data rather than figuring out how to view a report, e.g., this report shows drill down links blue and underlined like the Web, but the other shows them in boxes with a note at the top that you can click on boxed items for more info.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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