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Chapter 36. Creating Enterprise Reportin... > Creating Schedulable Program Objects

Creating Schedulable Program Objects

As the depth and breadth of business intelligence (BI) platforms like Crystal Enterprise grow within organizations today, one of the key challenges is the interoperability of the core BI platform with the rest of the surrounding infrastructure. There are many services that the BI platform might need to work with such as ETL tools, databases/data warehouses, Web servers, portal servers, and security and directory servers. One of the ways that Crystal Enterprise can work with these external technologies is through Program Objects.

A Program Object is a small program or link to a program published as a standard object to Crystal Enterprise. It has its own name, location in the folder structure, security permission, and all the other attributes you'd expect from a standard Crystal Enterprise object. From a programmatic perspective, it is represented by an InfoObject. Generally Program Objects are only scheduled, not viewed on-demand. They are processed by the Program Job Server instead of the Report Job Server. Figure 36.4 shows creating a Program Object from the Crystal Management Console.


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