SAP Crystal Reports Review

It has a feature-rich toolset that allows me to shape and present the data to suit any report requirement.


Valuable Features

I like that Crystal Reports can easily connect to a multitude of datasource types, handling all with aplomb. It has a feature-rich toolset that allows me to shape and present the data to suit any report requirement thrown my way. Enterprise is simply the best report delivery product on the market.

Improvements to My Organization

I single handedly manage delivery of over 3,000 reports per month, a figure that would be unattainable without such a robust and dependable product.

Room for Improvement

I would like to see improvement in charts and metadata extraction. Reporting against the actual MDB database is cumbersome at best.

Use of Solution

I've been using it for over 10 years.

Deployment Issues

I had minor issues with deployment, but the support was tremendous.

Stability Issues

It’s an extremely stable platform. My reports run at around 99.94% on schedule yearly.

Scalability Issues

We've had no issues scaling it for our needs.

Customer Service and Technical Support

As I mentioned above, the support is very, very good, especially so when working directly with the service reps. The website is a little cluttered and difficult to navigate, but I’ve found a lot of help through sites such as ITCentralStation.com and other online communities.

Previous Solutions

I started out with Crystal Reports and Enterprise. I have used a few others in a limited capacity since then, but was disappointed in all.

Initial Setup

The architecture/setup was handled by someone before me, so I can’t speak firsthand to any difficulties. However, from my conversations with that individual, there were no serious hang ups or difficulties with the initial setup.

Implementation Team

I believe we did use a vendor team, and once again, not having first hand knowledge, I can’t really speak to this.

Other Advice

Buy it! I’ve seen the alternatives and they pale in comparison. There are third-party add-ins that have helped, but nothing else comes close out-of-the-box.

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