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Business Intelligence (BI) has never been so easy to automate. Simply set up a schedule stating how often you would like each report to run, whether you'd like the output in Word, Excel, HTML, RTF, Acrobat, RPT, text format, and more and who it should be sent to.
It's easy to schedule Crystal Report to run at a specific date and time, or to run them hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly or set up your own custom frequencies e.g. 4-4-3, every other day, third Monday of the month, and so on. And the same report can be scheduled to be run multiple times with different parameters, formats, frequencies, and destinations. It makes Crystal Reports scheduling simples, hassle-free and convenient for you.
Distribute Crystal Reports and respond to your business needs by setting schedules to run based on events rather than date. Add real-time monitoring to your Crystal Reports distribution process with CRD's Event Based Schedules, reports are fired off when events occur e.g. database value is present, file is modified, window is present, an email is received, etc. CRD makes sure the reports are created and distributed on time and error-free. Just what you want from a Crystal Reports Distribution tool.
Use CRD's unique Dynamic Schedule process to trawl through your database to find the parameter values to use and then generate and deliver a unique report for each value. Bring advanced Data-Driven functionality to your Crystal reports distribution infrastructure. And with Bursting Schedules you can quickly and easily burst out and deliver report groups to different recipients and destinations. Manage your Crystal Reports distribution needs with greater effectiveness, speed, and efficiency.
Once your schedule has been executed, why stop there? Create a worklow by using CRD's unique Custom Actions to run another program, enter values in a database, modify a file and lots more. Or use Automation Schedules for general business process automation and workflow processing.
A great alternative to SAP Crystal Reports Server or Business Objects Emterprise, CRD's intuitive interface makes it easy to define and schedule report packages. The context (right-click) menus and full copy-and-paste support make it easy to create complex distribution schedules. The scheduling service runs as a desktop application, or as an Windows service. It will integrate with all common email servers including SMTP and Exchange Server.
By automating repetitive reporting tasks, this Crystal Reports scheduler ensures that reports are created and distributed when needed, without error, and without costly support time.
Whether you're spending too much time running and distributing Crystal Reports output to line managers, or you need to provide corporate management with tailored reports on a regular schedule, CRD gives you the Business Process Automation (BPA) tools that your business needs.
|CRD's comprehensive set of job (schedule) types gives you the power you need for any occasion.|
|Single Report Schedules|
|A single report is set to generate at specified intervals (Daily, Hourly, Weekly etc). It is exported to a specified format (PDF, Excel, XML etc). The exported file is delivered to one or more destinations (email, FTP, printer, etc). For example, email the daily sales report to the sales manager at 8am every week day except on public holidays.|
|Package Report Schedules|
|Set up a package of reports to be generated at defined intervals and delivered to one or more defined destinations - together. For example, a monthly report pack (consisting of a number of reports) can be sent to a client with all reports attached to the single email or compressed into a single zip file, or merged into a single Excel workbook, or PDF file before delivery.|
|Write and execute simple or complex business process automation scripts or macros using CRD's Custom Tasks. Use this schedule on its own, or as part of a more complete automation solution. Examples include Send an email, Update a database record, Upload to FTP, Update a file, Print files and lots more.|
|Multiple instances of the same report are exported. For each instance CRD will automatically enter the required parameter values, export the report and deliver the results to the corresponding email, folder, ftp, printer or fax. The parameters and destination are read from your own database. For example, run the same report for dozens of clients without writing a schedule for each client.|
|Dynamic Package Schedules|
|Dynamically generate and deliver individualized export packages for multiple recipients using the same set of reports. Dynamic Schedules for Packages! For example, you can use the same set of reports to generate individual monthly report packages for all your clients.|
|Instantly respond to business and client needs. Fire off reports or automation scripts when a defined system event occurs. For example, trigger a report or automation script when a value in a database has changed, or when a new email arrives You can even use values in the email body text to populate parameters, email addresses, database tables and more.|
|String a number of Event-Based schedules together as a batch to run in a specified order and/or at specified scheduled times. Use to ensure that required conditions are fulfilled before a report is exported. For example, run the report once a month, but only if the monthly total figure in the sales database matches that in the invoices database.|
|Expand Reporting Services functionality! Drive all variables of your reporting requirements (parameters, destinations, output format, etc) from database tables and queries. For example,
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|No other automation tool provides the huge array of frequencies that CRD makes available at your fingertips.|
|Repeat every x days. For example, repeat ever 2 days will run the schedule every other day.|
|Every Week Day|
|Schedules will not run on Saturday and Sunday.|
|Repeat every x weeks. Choose the days too. For example run every 2 weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.|
|Repeat every x months. Specify only certain months. Also choose special days of the month. For example, run on the last Friday of every month except March.|
|Schedules run annually on a given date.|
|Create your own calendars for custom frequencies. For example. 4-4-3|
|Schedules will not run on these dates. Use the built in public holidays or select your own custom "do not run" dates. For example, do not run on New Year's Day.|
|Schedules will run when an event occurs. For example, Database record is modified, Database record is created, Unread email is present, File is modified, Process exists.|
|Repeat schedules at regular intervals. For example, Run every Tuesday at 8am and repeat the run every 30 minutes until 5pm.|
|Start & End Dates|
|Automatically set the schedule to begin on a given date, repeat at the given interval, and end on a set date. For example, Start on 1 Jan 2008. Run every week day until 31 March 2008.
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|With more output formats, and enhanced formatting & manipulation options than any other Reports scheduling tool, CRD gives you the flexibility to satisfy your formatting requirements with ease.|
|Character Separated (CSV)|
|MS Excel (XLS)|
|MS Word (DOC)|
|Other available formats|
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|Flexible, highly customizable and function-rich destination functionality..|
|SMS (Cell phone Text)|
|Other Destination Options|
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|Give yourself greater control by using CRD's Custom Tasks to create automation scripts. Use them as a complete automation process in automation schedules, or to provide additional enhancement as part of report export schedules.|
|Additional Report Schedules Task Actions|
|Available Custom Tasks|
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|Respond instantly to business and client needs by firing off reports and automation scripts when an event occurs. CRD gives you a list of triggers to suit any occasion. All the triggers below can run if the condition is True or if the condition is False.|
|Database Record Exists|
|Apply to new database records only, or to any matching database records.|
|Database Record Has Been Modified|
|Choose to include New (Inserted) records and Deleted records. Use this for follow-ups by selecting to only match the condition if the record has been (or not been modified) in x minutes. Repeat the action every x minutes until the condition is no longer true, or run just once.|
|Unread Mail Is Present|
|Monitor a POP or IMAP mailbox for new emails. Forward or Redirect. Delete mail after processing. Read the body text and other mail sections (sender email, subject, etc) and use the values to populate report parameters, email addresses etc. For example, send the report to the sender of the email.|
|Use this trigger to respond to the existence of a new file in a local or network folder.|
|File Has Been Modified|
|Great for monitoring log files, but works equally well for all other types of local or network files.|
|Other Event Triggers|
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|Beyond its basic functionality, you want to know that CRD can extend its capabilities to satisfy your needs as your business demands grow. Below is a brief list of some of the functionalities which put CRD (and you) years ahead of the market.|
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|Minimum recommended: P4 750MHz/ 500MB disk space/ 1G memory.|
|PC Type: Desktop, Server, Virtual Machine|
|Operating System: Windows NT4 SP6a, Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7|
Crystal Reports: CRD is supported for the following Crystal Reports Versions and Editions.
CRD does not come with Crystal runtime components included. It will interface with these components if they exist on your PC. The components are required by CRD in order to read your Crystal Reports, run them and export them. You must obtain the components yourself by buying and installing a copy of Crystal Reports Developer or Developer Advanced Edition from your regular software reseller, or from SAP. Your Crystal Reports developer, or your Crystal Reports account manager should be able to help you with this.
Make sure you visit the Crystal Reports web site and update your installation of Crystal Reports with ALL the service packs and Hot fixes that have been released for your version of Crystal Reports.
CRD may not be able to schedule some reports that were written in versions of Crystal earlier than 8.5.
In all instances, it remains your responsibility when installing Crystal Reports editions and components to ensure that you are licensed to use these components within your organization, and that you do not exceed the number of licenses you have bought from Business Objects or use them outside the licensing limitations. Please read your Crystal Reports License very carefully.
For complete details on the Crystal Reports License, view your Crystal Reports License Agreement.
|Other Software Requirements: Download full pre-requisites list.|
|CRD End User License Agreement|
|CRD User Manual|
|CRD Pre-Requisites Document|
|CRDWeb QuickStart User Guide|
|CRDWeb User Manual|