Crystal Reports Server will be bundled with a new business intelligence (BI) appliance launched recently by IBM.
IBM Balanced Warehouse C1000 is an information integration, content delivery and reporting solution for the mid-market from IBM and Business Objects. The C1000 combines IBM DB2 Warehouse Starter Edition, Crystal Reports Server from Business Objects and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server in a pre-integrated, pre-tested solution with an easy, single-install format.
Grant van Eck, Business Objects product manager at Workgroup, says that Crystal Reports Server, a packaged reporting solution that includes everything mid-sized organisations need to create, deliver and manage reports over the web, is the only BI solution bundled as part of the new IBM BI solution.
"The IBM Balanced Warehouse C1000 offers a simplified and complete solution for mid-sized companies that need to integrate multiple, scattered data resources into a scalable data warehouse from which to create, manage, schedule and deliver secure business or organisational reports," he says.
"These reports can be delivered over the web or embedded into applications, empowering management with timely business intelligence. The solution is pre-integrated, pre-tested and configured for single install to accelerate deployment."
In addition to the C1000 launch, IBM is launching IBM Balanced Warehouse C3000 Foundation Solution as part of its broader Dynamic Warehousing initiative. Business Objects will be supporting C3000 through Crystal Decisions – its new mid-market BI offering.
"IBM's Dynamic Warehousing strategy delivers capabilities that extend beyond traditional business intelligence and data warehousing by using advanced analytics as part of a real-time business process," says Kevin Derman, IBM business unit manager at Workgroup.
"The Balanced Warehouse C1000 and C3000 provide reliable, scalable data warehousing for any size implementation. Crystal Reports Server from Business Objects is well suited to meet the reporting needs of mid-size companies and was a natural fit to bundle with the C1000."