SAP Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Developers Focused on SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) Portfolio
New Crystal Reports® Offering and Rapidly Expanding Community Provide Additional Value to Business Software Developer Community
Since becoming an integrated part of the SAP community network, the SAP BusinessObjects community has grown 375 percent in seven months to 190,000 members, becoming the key communication platform for developers to share knowledge and add value to their business applications. The vibrant Crystal Reports developer community has fully embraced the new platform, posting over 7,000 new messages each month.
New Crystal Reports Developer Advantage:
-Is a simple, economical way for independent software vendors (ISVs), value-added resellers (VARs) and IT departments in any organization to distribute reports externally and include business intelligence (BI) capabilities within business applications.
-The current offering benefits companies with a one-time fee, royalty-free license to share Crystal Reports embedded in applications to any number of external users, such as customers, vendors or partners.
-Enables developers to add more value to the applications they build or maintain, helping end-users to become more productive and make more confident decisions.
Expansion of the SAP BusinessObjects Community in 2008:
-Crystal Reports forum activity increased by 600 percent.
-Hundreds of blog posts from community members published, with three posts ranking in the top 10 for SCN page-views.
-Localized forums established for Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages.
Crystal Reports Offering Demonstrates Continued Market Leadership:
-More than 5 million units shipped to developers worldwide.
-Won the Readers' Choice Awards from Visual Studio Magazine in the "Data Editing, Reporting, and Analysis Tools" category for 13 consecutive years.
-Bundled with Microsoft developer solutions since 1993.
"For years we have worked with companies to extend reporting to their external portals," said Kevin McManus, founder and president, McManus Software and Consulting. "Crystal Reports Developer Advantage now allows us to add the industry's leading reporting tool directly into our clients' Web sites for their external users. It empowers organizations to deliver data to customers, partners or anyone who needs real-time access to reports."
"Our continued investment in the Crystal Reports family of offerings builds upon our strong relationship with the developer community," said James Thomas, vice president of product management, Volume Business Unit, SAP. "This new licensing model benefits corporate developers, commercial developers and project managers alike, enabling them to more easily provide everyone with the information needed to make smart business decisions. It's a win-win scenario for everyone. The tremendous increase in forums and posts by our vibrant community is a solid testament that our recent efforts to provide developers with products and knowledge that meets their needs is paying off."
Crystal Reports Developer Advantage is available through volume resellers, the SAP BusinessObjects online store and telesales and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) channels.
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The SAP® BusinessObjects(TM) portfolio transforms the way the world works by connecting people, information and businesses. With open, heterogeneous solutions in the areas of business intelligence; information management; governance, risk and compliance; and enterprise performance management, the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio enables organizations to close the gap between business strategy and execution.
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