SAP Crystal Reports Previous Solutions

Patryk Golabek
CTO/ Software Architect at Translucent Computing Inc
We use a variety of different approaches for giving clients the data that they want to see. The first step is understanding what the client need is. If it is just a basic report that they don't want to change often, then we can get away with something static. Most of the time, we have to put in a few variables, or parameters. Because Crystal Reports costs a lot of money, is a specialized skill, and isn't necessarily better, we try to focus on the data that they need and put it on a dashboard instead. There is a spectrum of things to consider when deciding on the suitability of any particular solution. When we go back and speak with clients, a lot of the time we find that they don't really need Crystal Reports. They need something that is a canned report that they can go back and look at all the time. If that's the case then you can get a simple HTML5 page, which is much faster to develop and easier to maintain. Ultimately, it depends on the client's use cases. View full review »
Senior MIS Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I used Crystal Reports when it was incorporated with Visual Basic. It has now been separated, which makes it easier. We also use Microsoft Power BI, which allows you to use graphs and filtering on one page. You can also see the different objects on one page. It is more on the graphical side. They still have the same functionality where you can drill down to the lowest level, depending on the database schema. View full review »
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