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This article explains the differences between SAP Crystal Reports 2020 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 2020)

If your reports are in the BI platform, all Crystal Reports 2008 are automatically upgraded to SAP Crystal Reports 2020 format when you use the BI4.x Upgrade Manager Tool (UMT).
If your reports are saved locally on your PC, you can use SAP Crystal Reports 2020 (Designer) to upgrade a report to SAP Crystal Reports 2020 format.

Conversion within BI4.x (From SAP Crystal Reports 2020 to SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise)

Once reports are in SAP Crystal Reports 2020 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 there are certain reports that should stay in SAP Crystal Reports 2020 format (i.e. report based on Business View, etc).
Please refer to "Choosing between Crystal Reports 2020 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 2020 (= no conversion)
  • Maintain existing reports in SAP Crystal Reports 2020, 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 connectivity optionssuch as BICS (= conversion)

When opening a report in SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise 4.1 and above, that was created in SAP Crystal Reports 2020 or below, a conversion wizard appears to help you change the database connection to a:

  • Universe (unx); or
  •  BICS (SAP BW BEx Query connectivity); or
  • Direct data source 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 2020 (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 2020 (format).
Please make sure that you take backup copies before conversion.

Overview of the two Crystal Reports versions

Crystal Reports 2020 is an incremental update will have all the features that are familiar to Crystal Reports 2008/2011/2013/2016 users.

Crystal Reports for Enterprise 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 2020.  Crystal Reports for Enterprise will not have all the functionality from Crystal Reports 2020.

We will continue to support the Crystal Reports 2016/2020 line of products as well as the Crystal Reports for Enterprise line of products. The rest of the article will explain the two product lines in detail so you can determine when to utilize SAP Crystal Reports 2016/2020 or SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.

Choosing between Crystal Reports 2020 and Crystal Reports for Enterprise

In general if you are currently using Crystal Reports 2020 and you want to use the BI semantic layer and BI4.x platform then choose SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise. If you require report creation API, SAP ERP direct table access then SAP Crystal Reports 2020 is the version of choice.

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is the foundation for future versions. In BI 4.x you can choose to use both versions depending on features and data connectivity needed.

(info) SAP Crystal Reports 2020 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.x 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

Business Views

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

Direct RDBMS or OLAP access

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

SAP ERP

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

Live Office

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

SAP Crystal Reports 2020 vs. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Data connectivity

Data source

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

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)

(tick)

User interface


SAP Crystal Reports 2020

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

User interface

Same as Crystal Reports 2008/2011/2013/2016

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

BI 4.x platform


SAP Crystal Reports 2020

SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise

Processing servers

Native 64 bit

(Crystal Reports 2008/2011/2013/2016 Processing Servers are 32bit)

Native 64 bit

Platform alerting framework

Not available

Alerts are leveraging BI4.x platform alerting framework

Servers can be run side by side on the same server. SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x server install package installs both set of servers by default. Reports created in SAP Crystal Reports 2020 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 2020

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.x Translation Manager

SAP prompting

Via online prompting and Personalization

Via BI4.x 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.x Life Cycle Manager and Netweaver CTS+

SAP Crystal Reports 2020

SAP Crystal Reports 2020 is an updated version of SAP Crystal Reports 2008 with additional features such as

  • Read-Only Report Format
  • Export to XSLX from the report designer and viewer
  • Integration with Visual Studio 2010/2012/2013/2015.  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 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 BI 4.x semantic layer and SAP BW data.

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 BI 4.x 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.x 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 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 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

BI 4.1

BI 4.2

BI 4.3

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 added for direct access

(plus) Additional data sources added for direct access

(plus) Additional data sources added

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 APIs 

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

(warning) Improvements to the REST API 

(warning) Improvements to the REST API 

Expose and interact with reports from Live Office

(error)

(error)

(error)

 

(error) 

Locate documents via platform search

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

View time filtering (formerly provided by Business Views)

(error)

(error)

(plus) Supported from 4.2 SP06, via Common Semantic Layer

 

(plus) Supported via Common Semantic Layer

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

(error)

(error)

(error)

 

(error) 

Scheduled LOVs

(error)

(error)

(error)

(error)

User Function Libraries (UFL)

(error)

(error)

(plus) Supported from 4.2 SP06

(plus) Supported

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) 

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

OLAP Grid / OLAP Cube Report

(warning) Only possible through the Common Semantic layer

(warning) Only possible through the Common Semantic layer

(warning) Only possible through the Common Semantic layer 

(warning) Only possible through the Common Semantic layer 

Label Creation Wizard

(error)

(error)

(error) 

(error) 

Geographical Maps

(error) Possible via Dashboard Design Integration

(error) Possible via Dashboard Design Integration

(error) Possible via Dashboard Design Integration 

(error) Currently not planned

Barcodes & QRcode

(error)

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

SAP ERP data access

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

(warning) Available via the Common Semantic Layer. Support for optional parameters with no default values 

(warning) Available via the Common Semantic Layer. Support for optional parameters with no default values  

(warning) Available via the Common Semantic Layer. Support for optional parameters with no default values  

Oracle, Sieble, JD Edwards and PeopleSoft integration kits

(error)

(error)

(error)

(error) Currently not planned

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

(error)

(error)

(error) 

(error) 

Read-Only Report Format (RPTR)

(error)

(error)

(plus) Supported from 4.2 SP06

(plus) Supported 

Designer Hyperlinking Wizard

(error)

(error)

(error) 

(error) 

Designer Performance Information Dialogue

(error)

(error)

(error)

(error) 

Save export options in Crystal Reports Designer

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

CR 2016 Dynamic Cascading Prompts

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

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

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

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

Database synonyms

(error)

(error)

(error) 

(error) Currently not planned

Report template

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

SQL commands (freehand SQL)

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

Verify database options

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

Right to left HTML viewer

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

Add subreports based on any supported datasource

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

OpenDoc Post method

(error)

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported

(plus) Supported 

SQL expressions

(error)

(error)

(error) 

(error) Currently not planned

OLE objects

(error)

(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.x SDK  to use the platform servers to manage, schedule and view reports for both SAP Crystal Reports 2020 and  SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise.




11 Comments

  1. Unknown User (y6l4eza)

    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. Unknown User (a1delsh)

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

  3. Unknown User (atibg5q)

    what is product roadmap for Planned via Common Semantic Layer

  4. Anonymous

    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. Unknown User (slxg7cl)

    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. Unknown User (iy0v5kb)

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

  7. Unknown User (htczabr)

    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

  8. Anonymous

    Good summary.But I still have a  query regarding  BW 3.5 SSO user authorizations.

    Can we use SAP BW 3.5 user authorizations (SSO) in SAP BI 4.1 crystal 2013?
  9. Former Member

    Thanks for this. Nice summary. Do you know if/when CRE will support "Saved Data" filtering? We appear unable to migrate reports that make use of this technique.

  10. Former Member

    latest version is from April 2014, what is the status quo with 4.1 SP7, what about the roadmap for 2016?

  11. Former Member

    I also want Command SQL feature in Crystal Reports for Enterprise.