Business Objects, a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced the availability of BusinessObjects 6.5, the new version of its BI suite that enables organizations to track, understand and manage enterprise performance. With this release, Business delivers enhanced Web query and analysis functionality, increased performance and scalability and integration with Crystal Version 10 products.

"Our new capabilities make web interactivity and analysis accessible to novice users in a way that no other solution can match, and we have leveraged the strengths of web services technology to extend the reach of BI to a greater number of applications and users," said Bernard Liautaud, chairman and chief executive officer at Business Objects. "In addition, we have completed front-end integration of BusinessObjects and Crystal products, allowing customers to address the broadest spectrum of BI needs at the lowest total cost of ownership."

BusinessObjects 6.5 includes optimized servers and enhanced caching capabilities, which support more users and deliver results faster. With BusinessObjects 6.5, organizations can continue adding end users to their BI system and expanding their deployment while minimizing infrastructure costs.

With the delivery of BusinessObjects 6.5, Business Objects has completed front-end integration of Crystal and Business Objects products and enables joint customers to use both product lines together. The new release gives designers of Crystal Reports access to the Business Objects semantic layer, a single foundation for queries that translates information pulled from various databases into business language.

BusinessObjects 6.5 also includes contextual report linking, a feature that allows developers to link data within reports from the Business Objects or Crystal product lines and make it usable in either environment. Developers can easily create reciprocal links between reports, regardless of content, type, platform, or origin of the report.

BusinessObjects 6.5 and Crystal Enterprise customers can extend their BI applications with a new Web services interface that connects to both the Business Objects and Crystal systems. Now developers can access Business Objects and Crystal using an XML-based API, the industry standard. The new Web services tools improve developer productivity and help organizations to communicate internally as well as with partners and customers.

BusinessObjects 6.5 is now shipping on Windows and Solaris, and will be generally available on all major platforms in Q3 2004.

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