BI4 – Looking at Crystal Reports

The BI4 topics just keep rolling. This week, SAP’s very own Coy Yonce, Product Owner of Crystal Reports and Crystal Reports Server, joins us to talk in great detail about what’s happening with Crystal Reports as a part of the BI4 release.

In this episode, we give the new common semantic layer and Information Design Tool a good shake down.

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Brian Durning

In a new segment, lovingly called Unstructured Geek Analytics (hashtag pending), Jamie Oswald interviews Brian Durning.

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BOBJ Reporting Tool Shootout

– SAP BusinessObjects Annual Conference Announced
– Intent to submit for SAP ASUG annual conference in May
– Reportapalooza is wrapping up

The shootout:

1) Major tools in the stack: Crystal, Webi, Explorer, and Xcelsius.
2) The right cases for each.
3) The wrong cases for each.
4) Something about audience perhaps vs. who should own it?

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The Good, the Bad, and the Deski

Episode 1 – The Good, the Bad, and the Deski

The Diversified Semantic Layer team is introduced (sorry we missed you Chris). This is our first swag at a podcast, so be gentle. It’s really one of those things where on listening again, you realize all the things you totally forgot to say.

You can get the podcast by subscribing to our RSS at, or check iTunes REALLY soon…or…get “The Good, the Bad, and the Deski“.

Big plug for the Reportapalooza event (I dare you to say that five times really fast). Don’t miss out on all the cool events coming up as we try and stump the experts.

The topics for today’s podcast:

  • XI 4 Beta really doesn’t have Desktop Intelligence
  • Big reasons people are still using Desktop Intelligence
  • Reasons why Crystal Reports isn’t really a good transition for super users
  • Web Intelligence…what is missing/what do we expect next?


We mentioned bursting and Web Intelligence. Yes, we can absolutely burst Web Intelligence today with both Publications and the “Schedule For” option via the CMC. We just didn’t get back to it.

We mentioned a prior blog article on scheduling replacement code for all those VBA macros on the EV Technologies blog.

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