August 17, 2012 // By: Susan Galer
Tracking Grizzlies in Alaska
A sheriff’s office in Alaska tracks endangered grizzly bears using the software. A bakery in Honduras manages product inventory with it. And a charitable arts organization in Canada makes fundraising forecasts more accurate thanks to it: SAP Crystal Solutions.
Twenty years ago, it was introduced as the first real-time report writing software. Today, it’s the industry standard for analytics that help businesses make informed decisions. The latest release of SAP Crystal Solutions brings real-time information to mobile devices, marking yet another step forward for this solution.
Crystal Reports was originally targeted at developers, says Colin Gray, Director, Strategy and Planning, SAP Global Channel Marketing. “The only way customers could get information out of core transactional systems was to have their own developers write the code for reporting tools,” he explains. Report writing was a painstaking process and report generation was cumbersome at best.