Company data generally resides in many places and systems, not only in SAP ERP. So far, building a coherent reporting platform for such data was connected with a necessity of SAP BW data warehouse implementation. It is not a limitation for big companies that develop their SAP environment rapidly.
However, the subsidiaries of multinational corpora-tions, where there is one, centrally managed system template and a minimum-changes policy applies, were disadvantaged in this situation. Making local changes to configuration, to which which SAP BW implementation is inevitably related, is usually not allowed in the subsidiaries.
Owing to deployment of Crystal Reports, the report-ing does not require SAP BW, and it is enough to allow access to data on the central SAP installation – without any changes to the configuration. This is good news for hundreds of Polish subsidiaries of multinational corporations. Crystal Reports enables them to build and develop a local reporting environment without interfering with the corporate SAP template.
In companies using SAP BW data warehouses, on the other hand, Crystal Reports can serve as a tool for ...