SAP products branded as “SAP Crystal” are on-premise software tools used for data visualisation, data analysis, pixel prefect data reporting as well as data sharing and distribution in various formats.
SAP Crystal Reports allows a report designer to include data from various sources to create a document on his/her desktop computer where the data is formatted into a design of their choosing, such as an invoice, a sales or operational report, a marketing letter or some sort of analytic visualisation.
SAP Crystal Server provides a platform environment through which you can share documents (such as SAP Crystal Reports files) with end users.
With SAP Crystal Server 1 NUL, you can schedule reports to be pushed out to recipients as PDF email attachments, access the reports securely, and refresh the data by entering various parameters.
With SAP Crystal Server 2020 5 CAL, you can automatically distribute reports customised for individual recipients.
You can as well access reports by using a browser or a mobile app.
SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio (using.NET) and SAP Crystal Reports for Eclipse (using JAVA) are free add-ons for developers using .NET and Java to embed reporting capabilities into their own applications.
SAP Crystal Reports Viewer is a free desktop application (Windows or Mac) allowing recipients of SAP Crystal Reports files (.rpt file extension) to open the document and interact with the data saved within the file, including search, drill-down, print and export – but not refresh (which require SAP Crystal Reports).
SAP Crystal Reports, version for the SAP Business Oneapplication allows users of SAP Business One to create pixel-perfect reports and dashboards by connecting exclusively the SAP Business One data model with the SAP Crystal Reports environment. You can launch SAP Crystal reports and dashboards directly from SAP Business One. If you want to connect to additional data sources including SAP Business One data sources, you will need to acquire SAP Crystal Reports 2020.
Note that 3rd party applications from various vendors can leverage a runtime license of SAP Crystal Reports. These are typically sold with the 3rd party application. These cannot be purchased from SAP, but a user can buy the full version of SAP Crystal Reports to also leverage data from outside the 3rd party application.
Start with SAP Crystal Reports to create a report. SAP Crystal Server distributes reports by pushing reports out, for example as a scheduled email attachment. SAP Crystal Server also provides a portal for end users to access content securely via a browser or mobile app to view, enter parameters, refresh and print or export a report.
People who use SAP Crystal Reports are usually those who use data a lot in their day-to-day roles, such as Database Administrators, IT, Finance, Accounting, and Power Users. The people who log on to the portal provided by SAP Crystal Server to access pre-built content are usually end users, business users, and management; in other words, consumers of reports who want answers to a business question already asked on their behalf (by those who created the report with SAP Crystal Reports).