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Crystal Enterprise is what is called a delivery platform in Business Intelligence terms. It provides an infrastructure for data access, which can store report templates. By using Crystal Enterprise, report designers can store report objects, instances of reports, schedule reports and request reports on demand through the use of clients, such as Web Browsers.
For example, an administrator could store a sales report on Crystal Enterprise, and schedule this report to be run at the beginning of every month. When the report is triggered, Crystal Enterprise would access the data sources specified in the report and save an instance of this report, which can be made available or automatically distributed to the relevant parties.
 Supported platforms
Due to the complexity of the Crystal Enterprise, many factors must be considered for platform compatibility, such as Operating System, Web server, Application Server, databases and a combination of these factors. On the Crystal Enterprise installation CD, there is a text file called platforms.txt which covers every platform supported by Crystal Enterprise.
Crystal Enterprise 10 was the last version, which was released a few months after the acquisition of Crystal Decisions by Business Objects. It had the following editions:
- Crystal Enterprise Express
- Crystal Enterprise Embedded Edition
- Crystal Enterprise Professional
- Crystal Enterprise Premium
After the merger, Crystal Enterprise components have been integrated into Business Objects Enterprise XI.
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