Moving reporting ahead of the curve in SaaS fashion

Business Objects is using the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to get its sophisticated business intelligence and reporting solutions into midsize enterprises. Its SaaS solution, Crystalreports.com, went from concept to 40,000-plus subscribers in just 12 months. “We moved our SaaS product from concept to actual subscribers while creating a new and sustainable revenue model for Business...

07/01/2007


Business Objects is using the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to get its sophisticated business intelligence and reporting solutions into midsize enterprises. Its SaaS solution, Crystalreports.com, went from concept to 40,000-plus subscribers in just 12 months.

“We moved our SaaS product from concept to actual subscribers while creating a new and sustainable revenue model for Business Objects,” says Steve Lucas, VP of the on-demand business. Crystalreports.com allows users to move beyond static reports delivered by email or hard copy to dynamic, real-time documents.

Companies that still prefer on-premise software can purchase Business Objects Crystal Decisions. This three-product suite complements existing business applications, data sources, and platforms.

Business Objects released a new Standard Edition of Business Objects Crystal Decisions in February, and a new Professional Edition in June. Both editions feature:

  • Ad hoc reporting, query, and analysis;

  • Dashboards and visualization capabilities;

  • Live access to data in Microsoft environments; and

  • What Business Objects says is a proven, open BI platform.

The Professional Edition adds data integration capabilities to the Standard Edition, which allows extracting data from Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, Ingres, and other databases; and moving the data to a single target source.

Still to come is the Premium Edition, which will add performance management functionality.

All three editions are built on the BusinessObjects XI platform.





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.