Business Objects, a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced that Crystal Reports for Eclipse is available as an integrated reporting solution within the new version of IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0, desktop products. Crystal Reports for Eclipse, a 100 percent Java reporting solution, is part of the embedded reporting solution provided by Business Objects for Rational desktop users.

The Crystal Reports for Eclipse integration is validated through the Ready for IBM Rational software offering, which ensures that the integration meets the specifications laid out by IBM for interoperability and user experience. This collaboration between IBM and Business Objects is the latest example of the long-standing commitment between the companies to bring together best-of-breed business intelligence and developer tools. It also reflects the demand among application developers to create and integrate reports into their applications from within the Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software and IBM Software Architect.

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing a vendor-neutral open development platform and application frameworks for building software. Eclipse has quickly become one of  the most popular integrated development environments among Java developers. With Crystal Reports for Eclipse, Business Objects provides organizations with a robust and proven reporting solution, compared to more rudimentary open source reporting tools. Crystal Reports for IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0 is an expanded version of Crystal Reports for Eclipse that is enhanced with additional components specific to IBM Rational.

The IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0, desktop products, is a comprehensive set of Eclipse-based offerings and best-practices processes that help customers govern the process of software and systems delivery and tighten the relationship between IT and lines of business. Using Crystal Reports for Eclipse within IBM Rational Application Developer, developers can benefit from rapid report creation, management, and delivery when building enterprise applications. Innovative features, such as JavaServer Faces controls and a robust Java reporting engine, help ensure rapid application development. In addition, the Business Objects Business Intelligence Archive Resource (BIAR), which allows rapid import and export of enterprise content between development and run-time environments, ensures rapid deployment, version control, and easier application maintenance.

Crystal Reports for IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0 also provides tight integration to all Business Objects business intelligence solutions. This enables users of the IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform 7.0, desktop products, to connect to and navigate their Business Objects BI environments with drag-and-drop functionality. A WYSIWIG report preview provides a complete view of the report in the runtime environment, and users can instantly publish to BusinessObjectsEnterprise through the integrated development environment.

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