Monday, January 24, 2011

Difference b/w SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (WEBI) Reports, Crystal Reports and Crystal xcelsius ?

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The Datasource for Xcelsius is not limited to excel, it can fetch data through some data connectivity components like Web service, Live Office connection, SAP connection, many more……

The main difference between teh BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI), Crystal Reports and Xcelsius is BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and CR are reporting tools and Xcelsius is a Dynamic Dashboard tool where we can provide a What-If scenario to the end-user.

The output of the reports in BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports are limited to pdf, word etc.. but Xcelsius gives output as all the above mentioned formats and a unique format .swf (a flash file).

In BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports we can find the page refresh rate where as in Xcelsius we have buffered data. The advantage with this is unecessary hits to the server may be reduced.

Both BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports cant competate Xcelsius in Look and Feel. Xcelsius has some rich features and some color blends.

BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports can hold huge data, but Xcelsius cannot hold bulk data. At runtime it shows the performance degrade and sometimes throws action script errors.

There will be no ground work in BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports in making data for charts but where as in Xcelsius we have to do lots and lots of ground work in the Excel sheet.

BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) reports the source file has to be universe, where
in crystal report source file can be anything, like universe, views, excel sheet etc, and for xcelsius the source file has to be only Excel sheet, and it also can take data live by using Live office and query as a web service.

The main point:
Through Xcelsius we can import data fro0m BusinessObjects Web Intelligence(WEBI) and Crystal Reports through Live Office connector.

SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports:

1. You need to do highly formatted reports “canned” reports. These are often statements, financial stuff, bills, invoices, mail merge. More often than not these will be piped into infoview or scheduled out to people.

2. You need lots of flexibility in exporting the reports out – Crystal has multiple export formats.

3. You need to connect to non standard datasources, things like java beans, web services, and proxy logs.

4. You need the ability to very complex functions in a report – Crystal formula language is much more powerful than BusinessObjects Web Intelligence( SAP BO WEBI Reports)`s. On the other hand this ability can also be achieved in BusinessObjects Web Intelligence( SAP BO WEBI Reports) in conjunction with Universe.

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