Business Objects, a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced that it has signed a worldwide OEM agreement with IBM. As part of the agreement, Crystal Version 10 will provide integrated reporting for IBM's WebSphere Studio and IBM Rational Software, further strengthening the IBM Software Development Platform. Business Objects already provides tightly integrated solutions for both WebSphere Studio and Rational Software, and Crystal products will now be embedded as part of future releases of these platforms.

With Crystal Version 10, Business Objects offers customers a world-class reporting solution designed to integrate seamlessly with a company's existing data, web, and application investments. The integration of Crystal Version 10 with IBM WebSphere technology enables developers to utilize reporting and analysis functionality directly within their WebSphere Studio development environment. The integration will deliver easy access to reports that provide key software development metrics such as projects status and quality. The combined solution improves the software development process by enabling users to more easily maintain standards, raise productivity, and better manage their business.

Initial integration between Crystal Reports and IBM WebSphereStudio is now available, and is "Ready for WebSphere StudioSoftware" validated. In addition, special versions of Crystal Reportsand Crystal Enterprise will be provided out of the box with futurereleases of the IBM WebSphere Studio and the Rational SoftwareDevelopment Solutions.

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