SAP Crystal Reports Review

The ability to set parameters, especially the cascading parameters, is the most valuable features for us.


What is most valuable?

The ability to set parameters, especially the cascading parameters, is the most valuable features for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We provide solutions to other organizations, so invariably the end reports save our clients time and, of course, money.

The example that comes to mind was where a medical client had a monthly utilization report that took 14 days to complete manually as it involved using MS Access and Excel. After the report was created in Crystal Reports, it took less than 30 seconds to run and it also highlighted data entry errors that could be fixed more efficiently, so a suite of error/exception reports had to be created also.

What needs improvement?

The linking feature between tables has always been a bit buggy, which is not good because it is really the core of ensuring that the returned data is correct. If one tries to enforce the links created as per the underlying data source, invariably it falls over and results in an error message.

The cascade parameters limit of 1000 records, which although can be increased via the registry, if you have admin rights, can result in report performance issues. Isn't there a better way of doing this?

Being able to have formulas that make up the description for value parameters, potentially on the fly, and then being able to display the parameter value and/or description selected by the user on the report, would be great also

I actually wrote a blog post of the things I wished Crystal Reports could do here: http://maximumimpactsolutions.co.uk/blog/comments.asp?bd=110. Some of the things may have ready been implemented.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There have been no issues with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have had no issues scaling it.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never needed to use customer service/technical support.

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

I've been using this since v7.

How was the initial setup?

It's straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

Implemented it in-house, and there was nothing complex about it.

What was our ROI?

Our ROI on Crystal Reports is well over 1000%, as we offer both training and consultancy solutions to our clients.

What other advice do I have?

Crystal Reports is a great little reporting tool for a myriad of data sources that provides the user a nice user-friendly GUI, which means that your report creation can be achieved quickly.


Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We offer training and consulting of Crystal Reports for our clients.

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