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What's new in Crystal and road map webcast from last week; watch the replay here.

Special thanks to SAP's Donald Guo, who stayed up very late to provide this webcast to ASUG.

What is in the future is subject to change; the legal disclaimer applies

Source: SAP

In 2018, already delivered Fiori-fied launchpad in BI4.2 SP4/5

User function library in Crystal for Enterprise

Working on repository objects in Crystal for Enterprise (CR4E)

Read only Crystal Reports - now possible in CR4E

Delivered parameter prompting in UI5; before relied on Flash and now Flash is a security concern

Made UI5 a default setting; can switch back to Flash prompting

Certification for new platforms including data sources, applications and operating systems

Some enhancements in Crystal for Eclipse (right outer join)

Continued API enhancements; plan to enhance Restful web service

In 2019, planned items - bridge functionality gaps between classic Crystal and CR4E and geo map functionality in CR4E

Plan to invest in unified viewer

What’s new in BI 4.2 SP06

Source: SAP

UI5 works in Fiori-fied launchpad and classic launchpad

Source: SAP

Now supports BW selection option variable as shown above, including "not between" and you can combine operators together

Uses UI5 prompting

Source: SAP

User function libraries extend formulas; bring UFL's to CR4E

SAP Help: Link

Developer guide for Java UFL and .Net UFL

Source: SAP

Read only report format; CR4E reports can export to this format

Demos can be found attached to this blog.

What’s new in BI 4.2 SP07

Source: SAP

Functions from different UFL's will be shown separately and sorted by function name so it is easier to find the functions

Source: SAP

Repository items to show local and copyright in reports; can install centrally

Source: SAP

BW variants - way to save predefined views

Load variants will be available

Save variants are planned

Source: SAP

Better SAP Gui support for 750

Source: SAP

HANA SAML SSO support can be configured by tenant in CMC

Source: SAP

Items on the radar - planned for 4.3 release.

Continue enhance Fiori-fied launchpad, with publications; improve UI

64 bit Crystal Reports - consider upgrade designers & servers to allow native connectors

Question & Answer

Can we get the link for the SAP App Center? How would we find the mentioned Partner add-ons?

Where can we get more information on "Repository objects in CR4E"?

Not released yet, but it's being developed. The concept is the same as in classic Crystal - existing repository objects will be available in both.

Is there work on a conversion tool to convert Crystal Reports 2016 reports to Crystal Reports for Enterprise reports like there is for WebI reports?

Open existing .rpt in CR4E designer and change the data source.

Are "Repository objects" available in Crystal Reports 2016?


4.2 sp6 allowed the use of UI5 rather than adobe flash for parameters. However, parameters in OpenDocument URLs aren't accepted by UI5 (Note 2684812). Any idea about when this functionality might be added?

This is being worked on.

does UFL needs to be available in repository for it to work or the current report inherits it and works similar to old CR

It is a separate file that has to be deployed to the server where BOE is running.

What is the next version of Crystal Reports?

Crystal 2020 with BI 4.3

Special thanks to dell.stinnett-christy for moderating the webcast.

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