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This article explains the differences between SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

Overview of upgrade and conversion process

Upgrade from XI3.1 to BI4.x (From Crystal Reports 2008 to SAP Crystal Reports 2011)

If your reports are in the BI platform, all Crystal Reports 2008 are automatically upgraded to SAP Crystal Reports 2011 format when you use the BI4.0 Upgrade Manager Tool (UMT).
If your reports are saved locally on your PC, you can use SAP Crystal Reports 2011 (Designer) to upgrade a report to SAP Crystal Reports 2011 format.

Conversion within BI4.x (From SAP Crystal Reports 2011 to SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise)

Once reports are in SAP Crystal Reports 2011 format , you should evaluate if you should convert your reports into SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise format.
There is no need to convert all reports into SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise format.
You may also find out that rhere are certain reports that should stay in SAP Crystal Reports 2011 format (i.e. report based on Business View, etc).
Please refer to "Choosing between Crystal Reports 2011 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise" section for more detail.

Within BI4.x, you have flexible report development options, based on your requirements:

  • Maintain & develop reports using SAP Crystal Reports 2011 (= no conversion)
  • Maintain existing reports in SAP Crystal Reports 2011, while developing new reports using SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise (=no conversion)
  • Convert porting of reports into SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise in order to take advantage of new connectivity option such as BICS (= conversion)

In BI4.x when you open a SAP Crystal Reports 2011 report in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise, a conversion wizard appears to help you change the database connection to a Universe (unx) or BICS (BW connectivity).

The wizard will also detect any features that are in the report that are not supported in Crystal Reports for Enterprise. These missing features are listed later in this article.
Once you save this report, the format conversion is completed.

It is possible to convert from SAP Crystal Reports 2011 (format) into SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise (format). 
It is not possible to convert back form  SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise (format) into SAP Crystal Reports 2011 (format).
Please make sure that you take backup copies before conversion.

Overview of the two Crystal Reports versions

Crystal Reports 2011 is an incremental update will have all the features that are familiar to Crystal Reports 2008 users.

Crystal Reports for Enterprise is a newly designed version that focuses on the BI platform and connecting to data from SAP BW. Crystal Reports for Enterprise does not include some features that are present in Crystal Reports 2008. We will add functionality to Crystal Reports for Enterprise through minor patches in order to close the gap between the Crystal Reports 2008/2011 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise product lines. Crystal Reports for Enterprise will not have all the functionality from Crystal Reports 2008.

We will continue to support the Crystal Reports 2008/2011 line of products after Crystal Reports for Enterprise has caught up. The rest of the article will explain the two product lines in detail so you can determine when to utilize SAP Crystal Reports 2011 or SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

You can read more about the Crystal Reports strategy with both designers in Blair's blog.

Choosing between Crystal Reports 2011 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise

In general if you are currently using Crystal Reports 2008 and you want to use the new semantic layer and the new BI4.0 platform then choose SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise. If you require report creation API, SAP ERP direct table access then SAP Crystal Reports 2011 is the version of choice.

In the future SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise will be merged into one version; SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is the foundation for future versions. In BI 4.0 you can choose to use both versions depending on features and data connectivity needed.

(info) SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise can run side by side on the same desktop client.

The following table summarizes general recommendations on which version to use based on the data access required:

 

Data Source

General Recommendation

SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 relational universe (unx), olap universe (unx)

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

SAP NetWeaver BW 7 (BICS)

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Analysis Views

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

SAP NetWeaver BW 3.5

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

Business Views

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

Direct RDBMS or OLAP access

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP ERP

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

Live Office

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports 2011 vs. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Data connectivity

Data source

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Direct data access drivers (RDBMS)

(tick)

(tick)  direct access to major DB vendors

Direct data access drivers (OLAP)

(tick)

(tick) only BEx queries

ODBC, JDBC

(tick)

(tick)

Legacy universes (unv)

(tick) limited

(error)

Universes (unx)

(error)

(tick)

Business Views

(tick)

(warning) only for cascading prompts

Analysis Views

(error)

(tick)

Direct JDBC/ODBC access to HANA.
Refer to the following article:
http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-39420

(tick)

(tick)

Direct data access to Hadoop

(tick)

(error)

User interface

 

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

User interface

Same as Crystal Reports 2008

New interface i.e. tabbed toolbar, smart guidelines, smart default formatting

BI 4.0 platform

 

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Processing servers

32 bit

Native 64 bit

New platform alerting framework

Not available

Alerts are leveraged to new platform alerting framework

Servers can be run side by side on the same server. SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 server install package installs both set of servers by default. Reports created in SAP Crystal Reports 2011 will processed on the 32 bit servers, reports created in Crystal Reports for Enterprise will be processed by the 64 servers.

NetWeaver integration

Feature

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

SAP BW connectivity

Via MDX

Via BICS to BEx queries

SAP ERP connectivity

Available

Available via authored universe (except direct ECC tables)

Multilingual capabilities

Managed via SAP BW

Managed via SAP BI 4.0 Translation Manager

SAP prompting

Via online prompting and Personalization

Via new Semantic Layer no RRI neither Personalization

SAP Toolbar

Available

No longer relevant

BW Publisher

Available

Reports are no longer saved to BW

Life cycle management

Via BW Publisher and NetWeaver Transports

Via BI 4.0 Life Cycle Manager and Netweaver CTS+

SAP Crystal Reports 2011

SAP Crystal Reports 2011 is an updated version of SAP Crystal Reports 2008 with new features.

New features in SAP Crystal Reports 2011

  • Read-Only Report Format
  • Export to XSLX from the report designer and viewer
  • Integration with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012.  This is provided by a seperate product download.  See the following link:

     http://scn.sap.com/community/crystal-reports-for-visual-studio

Learn More about SAP Crystal Reports 2011

Check out this blog and these educational videos.

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is the newly designed version of the Crystal Reports designer. This version is focused on streamlined report design, reporting against the new BI 4.0 semantic layer and SAP BW data. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is the foundation for all future releases of Crystal Reports.

New features in Crystal Reports for Enterprise

  • Redesigned user interface allows for easier report creation
  • Improved semantic layer support. With SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise you can create reports against the new BI 4.0 common semantic layer.
  • Direction connection from Crystal Reports for Enterprise to a SAP BEx query using SAP BICS connectivity.
  • Native 64-bit processing servers in BI 4.0 are supported.
  • All text-based elements are translatable, and all translations can be managed and scheduled at the platform level with the Translation Management tool.
  • Users can self-manage alert subscriptions; the new BI platform alerting framework can make use of alerts created in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

Learn More about SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Check out this video, this blog, and these educational videos.

What is not available yet and when should you expect it in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise?

Forward Looking Statements

Planned features are listed below and are subject to change. The table will be updated according to the currently SAP Crystal Reports roadmap.

Functional Area

BI 4.0 SP4

BI 4.1

Future Minor Release

Create reports on top of unmodeled data (i.e., direct to data)

(plus) Directly access data sources including simplified connection authoring, deployment and administration

(plus)  Additional data sources are planned for direct access

(plus) More data sources and connection management features will be considered

Crystal Reports specific APIs for report creation and consumption *

(warning) REST and AJAX APIs offering report navigation, Odata service, export functionality and report embedding. Review of existing application workflows is recommended to insure support through these new APIs 

(warning)  APIs and service to embed Crystal Reports into HANA

(warning)  Planned improvements to both the REST and AJAX API to make them more comprehensive  

Expose and interact with reports from Live Office

(error)

 Currently not planned

Locate documents via platform search

(plus)

(plus)

(plus)

View time filtering (formerly provided by Business Views)

(error)

(error)

(plus) Planned via Common Semantic Layer

Dynamic data connections (e.g., via Business Views)

(error)

(error)

(error)  Currently not planned

Scheduled LOVs

(error)

(error)

(plus) Planned via Common Semantic Layer

User Function Libraries (UFL)

(error)

(error)

(plus) Planned

Custom Functions

(warning)  Available within a report (not shared through the BI repository)

(warning)  Available within a report (not shared through the BI repository)

(warning)  Available within a report (not shared through the BI repository)

OLAP Grid / OLAP Cube Report

(warning)  Only possible through the Common Semantic layer

 Only possible through the Common Semantic layer

Label Creation Wizard

(error)

(error)

(error)  Currently not planned

Geographical Maps

(error) Possible via Dashboard Design Integration

(error) Possible via Dashboard Design Integration

(plus) Planned

Barcodes

(error)

(error)

(plus) Planned

SAP ERP data access

(warning)  Available via the Common Semantic Layer.  Direct table access from ECC is still not possible

(warning)  Planned support for optional parameters with no default values 

(plus) Available via the Common Semantic Layer

Oracle, Sieble, JD Edwards and PeopleSoft integration kits

(error)

(error)

(error)  Currently not planned

Saving Crystal Reports functions, images and text objects to the BI repository

(error)

(error)

(warning) Research in progress

Read-Only Report Format (RPTR)

(error)

(error)

(warning)  Research in progress

Designer Hyperlinking Wizard

(error)

(error)

(warning)   Research in progress

Designer Performance Information Dialogue

(error)

(error)

(warning)   Research in progress

Save export options in Crystal Reports Designer

(plus)

(plus)  

CR 2008/2011 Dynamic Cascading Prompts

 Automatically converted to static prompt (can be converted to semantic layer prompt)

 Automatically converted to static prompt (can be converted to semantic layer prompt)

 Automatically converted to static prompt (can be converted to semantic layer prompt)

Database synonyms

 Currently not planned

Report template

(error)

(error)

(warning)  Research in progress

SQL commands (freehand SQL)

(error)

(plus)

(plus)

Verify database options

Right to left HTML viewer

Add subreports based on any supported datasource

OpenDoc Post method

SQL expressions

(error)

(error)

(error)  Currently not planned

OLE objects

(error)

(error)

(error)  Currently not planned

Submit enhancement requests for SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise here

There is no Java or .NET SDK to create standalone 2 tier applications or to create applications that create or modify SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise, however applications can be created with the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 SDK  to use the BI4.0 platform servers to manage, schedule and view reports for both SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and  SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

 

 

  1. Guest

    Good resume... thanks.

    but I ask myself what the datasources and features will remain where there is only one version ( especially the Business Views )

    Cédric

  2. Guest

    very good summary, especially it summarises which connectivity use what.

  3. Guest

    what is product roadmap for Planned via Common Semantic Layer

  4. Hi Bryan,

    For the features that are offered by Business Views, we are working with the development team that owns the Common Semantic Layer to determine how we can make those same features available in the Universe. We do not support Business Views for use with SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise and will not add support for them in the future. As such, we will rely on the Universe as our means for abstracting the underlying data and presenting it a "business friendly" manner.

    Coy

  5. Guest

    I didn't find any difference between this crystal enterprise version with WebI Rich client as such.  why they have restricted access to other data source in enterprise version ?

  6. Guest

    When is the BI 4.1 release coming out?  I want to have the Command SQL feature available in Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

  7. Guest

    We're aiming for a Q2 2013 RTC. And then GA in Q4 pending successfully passing all exit criteria of the BI4.1 ramp-up program