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Business Objects and Expand Partnership to Deliver On Demand Business Intelligence via the AppExchange

  • October 09 2006, 1:00am EDT

Business Objects, a world-leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, and, a market and technology leader in on-demand business services, announced new Business Objects reporting and dashboard capabilities available on AppExchange for customers. New connectivity between Salesforce and Business Objects empowers customers to create sophisticated Crystal reports with data in their Salesforce applications and share reports over the web with authorized users. In addition, Business Objects is announcing a beta version of business widgets on AppExchange which will extend users' ability to easily interact with Salesforce data and measure business performance directly from their desktop.

Business Objects introduces enhanced connectivity between, the leading on-demand report sharing service and on-demand applications. This integration enables customers to view and refresh reports directly inside Salesforce and allows users to easily and securely distribute reports online. To view, refresh, share and schedule reports, authorized users simply click on the tab marked within the Salesforce interface.

This integration between Salesforce and also enables customers to view Crystal reports created with Salesforce data alongside Crystal reports based on other data sources. By bringing all Crystal reports - regardless of the data source - into, customers can conduct side-by-side comparisons.

Providing customers with one place to view all their Crystal reports gives customers more holistic insight into their overall performance. Business Objects has also delivered a new connector between Crystal Reports XI and Salesforce that allows customers to design Crystal reports that draw on any Salesforce data. Using this connector, along with Crystal Reports XI, customers can create powerful, flexible reports within Salesforce. In addition, customers will have access to prebuilt reports including pipeline forecasting, sales by geography and product segmentation. Crystal Reports has been the de facto reporting standard for over a decade. Now all customers can leverage the world's leading reporting solution across their CRM deployments.

Business Objects is also announcing new business widgets for customers. Widgets are small graphical windows that act as a desktop portal for customers to enter, retrieve and measure data from Salesforce. Business widgets will help customers reduce the time needed to complete everyday tasks such as: add sales opportunities, track closed revenue, look up contacts, spot neglected leads and monitor key sales metrics. Because widgets maintain connectivity to Salesforce, they can be instantly refreshed with Salesforce data. These widgets were created using Crystal Xcelsius, the leading data visualization software for creating interactive presentations and business dashboards from Business Objects.

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