Crystal Live Office and Crystal Xcelsius

First Signs of Integration of Crystal Live Office and Crystal Xcelsius – Crystal Vision Product Line 



usiness Objects unveiled Crystal Vision and Crystal Vision Server, reporting software for individuals and midsized companies, respectively. They let users create reports and business intelligence dashboards and use the produced information within Microsoft Office applications. Crystal Vision Server, which includes the SME Crystal Server offering, Xcelsius, and Live Office will be available later this month, with Crystal Vision priced at $795 per user and Crystal Vision Server priced at $12,500. 



  • This introduction is essentially a first cut at integration between Crystal Reports / Crystal Xcelsius / LiveOffice 
  • While these products may be of interest to a SME as point solutions for reports and dashboards, they essentially exclude the adoption of the BOBJ XI2 platform by these companies due to complexity: (1) These products are still not fully integrated with the BOBJ XI2 platform, Crystal still requires its own metadata, Business Views to create a Business Objects Universe in the majority of cases, which results in duplicate metadata layers and threatens single source of truth; (2) now a BOBJ user has to choose between dashboards and gauges that are part of BOBJ Performance Manager and BOBJ Analytics, or Crystal Vision.