When Crystal Decisions was purchased by BusinessObjects the Crystal Report designer tool was a Windows executable and had just integrated a full semantic layer that would allow multiple reports to access multiple connections and include multi-level business logic definitions in the form of a Business View. BusinessObjects already had a mature Universe semantic layer as part of its platform and was already moving to a Java based report editor accessible over the web as well as on the desktop.
While the BusinessObjects reporting tools becaome integrated into the existing Crystal Enterprise based server engines, the semantic layers remained independent. Each tool’s implementation of semantic layer management was quite different and each had its strengths. In the XI version Crystal could access both the Business View as well as limited support to connect to the same Universe but the integration stopped there.
In the upcoming SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise release there is a new semantic layer that begins to bring the best of the Universe and the Business View into a single Information Management tool. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise will be able to take advantage of the new semantic layer in a consistent interface as it’s Web Intelligence and Dashboard Design (previously Xcelsius ) cousins.
For connecting to other data connection types the SAP Crystal Reports 2011 product will be released to replace its 2008 predecessor. Later on these two versions will be combined into a single release. Te get access to either you buy a single license…meaning by one and you get the other.
Both Crystal Reports for Enterprise and Crystal Reports 2011 are now also available as a Java application that allows installation on Windows and Linux based desktop machines.