Crystal Reports is a business intelligence application, currently marketed to small businesses by SAP SE. It is used to design and generate reports from a wide range of data sources.
Crystal Reports allows users to graphically design data connection(s) and report layout. In the Database Expert, users can select and link tables from a wide variety of data sources, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Oracle databases, Microsoft SQL Server databases, Microsoft Access databases, BusinessObjects Enterprise business views, and local file-system information.
Crystal Reports is a popular Windows-based report writer (report generation program) that allows a programmer to create reports from a variety of data sources with a minimum of written code. Developed by Seagate Software, Crystal Reports can access data from most widely-used databases and can integrate data from multiple databases within one report using Open Database Connectivity ( ODBC ).
Crystal Reports uses an ActiveX control called CrystalReport to establish a connection with another program. A programmer can set properties of the CrystalReport control during design time or at run time.
SAP's Business Information Warehouse (BW) is a comprehensive business intelligence product centered around a data warehouse that is optimized for SAP's R/3 environment.
SAP BW is one of the important technical module of SAP and it stands for business information warehouse. The most important thing in the running of a business is data. Every business activity generates data. This data is used by a company is all areas of its business; it is used by the employees of the company in their work, to help them make a better decision.
SAP NetWeaver BW is a special software made by the maker of enterprise resource planning ERP ) software systems, SAP, which groups together and formats huge amounts of business data in the Enterprise Data Warehouse. It does so with the help of SAP BI tools, and is supported by a wide range of Enterprise Planning tools.
This allows the SAP BI software to analyze the data which is important for all decision making in the company. In this way, SAP BW optimizes business processes, helps a corporation to act faster and to be more flexible, as per the current requirements of a market.