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Benefits of Using Crystal Analysis Professional

The combination of sophisticated report design, guided analysis, and secure distribution provides significant benefits for the IT department, power users, and business users. These benefits are summarized in Table 9.1.

Table 9.1. Summary of Benefits of Crystal Analysis Professional
IT Department Power User Business User
Leverage existing investment Utilize business knowledge Easy access to actionable information
OLAP is being used increasingly in data warehouses. However, the challenge is not in getting data into cubes, but in how best to use it when it’s there. Crystal Analysis Professional fully leverages the capabilities of OLAP for maximum benefit. Using Crystal Analysis Professional, power users can quickly create analytical reports that enable users to manipulate and analyze the data they show to give the answers to their business problems. This removes the need to pass all reporting requirements through the IT department. Using Crystal Analysis Professional, users can quickly create analytical reports that allow them to manipulate and analyze the data they show to give the answers to many business problems.
Self-service reporting Share analytic reports Simplification of OLAP
Power users can perform sophisticated ad hoc analysis and create interactive analytical reports to share with other users. This frees IT from the need to create analytical reports in the majority of cases. Using Crystal Enterprise, the power user can publish analyses to be shared with other users. Multidimensional data often is difficult to understand. Most people can visualize a three-dimensional cube of data, but a typical OLAP cube might have seven or more dimensions. Thinking in seven-dimensional space is a challenge.
   Crystal Analysis Professional makes it easy to navigate through multidimensional data, allowing all users to benefit from OLAP.
Crystal Enterprise Infrastructure  
The tight integration between Crystal Analysis Professional and Crystal Enterprise makes it easy to securely manage and share reports for intranet, extranet, or Internet deployments.  



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