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Special Edition Using Crystal Enterprise 8.5 Paperback – June 10, 2002

ISBN-13: 002-9236726164 ISBN-10: 0789726165 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789726165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789726162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The only reference available on Crystal Enterprise written by employees of Crystal Decisions, creator of Crystal Enterprise.

Special Edition Using Crystal Enterprise 8.5 provides a comprehensive reference for the enterprise information delivery solution, Crystal Enterprise. This book will help readers understand where and how Crystal Enterprise can be applied to solve business problems. Written as a guide through planning, deploying, administering, and managing an enterprise reporting system based on Crystal Enterprise. Using practical examples of how Crystal Enterprise can be deployed in complex network environments to solve some of the toughest reporting and information delivery challenges. This book focuses on the entire solution that Crystal Enterprise and its supporting suite of report design tools (Crystal Reports and Crystal Analysis Professional) can deliver.

This book picks up where standard Crystal Reports books leave off - it focuses on the actual delivery of interactive report content created with Crystal Reports.

About the Author

Steve Lucas has been in the information technology industry for more than 10 years. He currently manages the Strategic Pre-Sales Team for North America at Crystal Decisions, working with some of Crystal¿s largest customers worldwide. Steve regularly speaks on current and future Crystal technology at significant events such as COMDEX. Prior to Crystal, Steve focused on Microsoft technology and consulting for the better part of his career. He is currently based in Denver.

Roger Sanborn is the Senior Program Manager for Crystal Enterprise at Crystal Decisions. He has been a key contributor to the direction and success of Crystal Enterprise and has been instrumental in successfully guiding the direction and delivery of Crystal Enterprise since its inception three years ago. Roger has been working in the software industry for the past eight years and has been focused on information delivery systems for the majority of that time. Over time, Roger has developed expertise in several enterprise technology areas, including Web development, application integration, security, and networking.

Mitchell Chou graduated with a degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada in 1998. He has been working as a technical consultant with Crystal Decisions since April 1999.

James Church is director of Crystal Analysis at Crystal Decisions, Inc. with responsibility for the technical direction and leadership of Crystal Analysis Professional and Crystal Holos. He joined Crystal Decisions (then Holistic Systems) in 1993 as a Holos consultant and has been involved in a range of analytical application implementations ranging from analytical reporting to financial modeling. James earned a graduate diploma in Computer Science from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1987. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two children.

Evan Davies was brought up in South Wales and educated at London University and the Hatfield Polytechnic, where he gained his Masters in Computer Science. Evan has spent close to 20 years in the IT industry and has had significant (and painful) experiences ranging from mainframe through client/server to the current Web-based n-tier architectures. His roles have encompassed development, consultancy, teaching, database design and implementation, to his current sales role within Crystal Decisions. He currently serves as a presales engineer responsible for the western states of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada and lives with his wife Nadine and the Zigmeister in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Grant Eaton is a senior consultant for Crystal Decisions in Seattle, Washington. He has used Crystal software extensively for six years, starting in 1996 with the development of a sales revenue reporting system for Walt Disney World. Prior to Disney, he worked as a sales-force automation consultant, database administrator, technical writer, and professional trainer. Some of his recent customers include Pfizer, 3M, Discover Card, Siemens, Microsoft, and the Bank of Canada. Grant enjoys international travel and one-of-a-kind adventures, such as whitewater rafting, parasailing, and skydiving. He may be contacted at mail@granteaton.com.

Joe Estes has more than eight years of experience in the information technology industry. He has been involved with the data reporting and analytical aspects of data warehousing and business intelligence initiatives almost exclusively over the past six years. Throughout his career, Joe has held positions varying from system analyst and developer at a Big 5 consultancy to project manager and system engineer at business intelligence software companies. Currently, he is the manager of the Midwest Systems Engineer team at Crystal Decisions in Chicago, Illinois. Working in a consultative role with some of the largest companies in the world, he has helped design and deploy enterprise-level business intelligence solutions that focus on increasing an organization¿s efficiency and competitiveness in the market. Joe is an avid enthusiast of running, snowboarding, in-line skating, and squash.

Neil FitzGerald has more than seven years experience working with information delivery, business intelligence, and enterprise reporting tools. He has combined this experience with his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Queens University in Kingston, Canada and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada to help provide information solutions to an array of Fortune 500 companies throughout New York City and the northeastern United States. Neil currently is managing a top-shelf group of technical consultants in the New York/New England region for Crystal Decisions.

Justin Frank is a certified Crystal trainer and consultant for Crystal Decisions.

Henry Kam is a senior consultant who has more than six years of IT industry experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He has consulted for more than 30 North American companies. Currently, Henry specializes in the design and implementation of enterprise reporting systems for Fortune 500 companies. Ben Lockett has worked in the consulting industry for seven years. His main focus has been on project management relating to the delivery of enterprise software to Fortune 500 customers based in America, Canada, and Europe. Ben currently works for Crystal Decisions as the Western Regional Consulting Manager and is based in Denver.

Stephen Mak has been with Crystal Decisions since 1999. As a program manager with Crystal, he is responsible for the SDK and application development in the Crystal Enterprise product. When he¿s not working, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, Eddie.

Quasar Business Solutions, Inc. is based out of Vancouver, BC (Canada) as well as Palmyra, Virginia (USA). They focus on the growth markets of business intelligence and data access across all markets and specialize in the areas of business intelligence, 3-tier client/server applications, and intranet/Internet application development and training and consulting. They offer solutions to the Crystal BI product family as well as provide add-on products, complementing Crystal Decisions¿ information suite.

Cynthia Shelley Version 3.0 is an MCP with experience in designing and developing multitier applications, system analysis, and administration, as well as designing and delivering end-user and developer training. Cynthia currently is a training consultant at Crystal Decisions, where she is designing training for developers in C# and Visual Basic .NET on Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET. Cynthia also is a Crystal Certified Trainer and Consultant on Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise.

Cynthia studied Greek and Roman Classics and Microbiology in university but has since expanded her language vocabulary from Ancient Greek, Latin, VBScript and JScript to VB, VB .NET, and C#. Any time she can find an excuse to "waste" is dedicated to advancing her RPG characters in PC, Console, and board gaming.¿"The last minute still has sixty seconds..."

Tim Weir has been with Crystal Decisions for more than three years and brings technical and business experience to the sales process. He resides in the Philadelphia area and provides support for the entire country. Prior to Crystal Decisions he spent several years with CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Charles Reed on August 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I purchased this reference as soon as I could fit it into my budget. There are no references written for Crystal Decisions enterprise level products and I was excited to see one in the works.
I purchased the book for it's attempt to describe the features of the products and how they are designed to work together, from the Crystal Enterprise components to Crystal Analysis Pro. Probably a full 25% of the book is spent on customizing Crystal Enterprise for a web site or web application. The explanations are easy to understand and cover the major points necessary to make the product work.
I am not a big fan of the "Special Edition" book series because I find them to be too general. This one fits the content style of the series to a 'T'. If you need a general reference on the Crystal Enerprise/Crystal Analysis Pro products, by all means, by this book. If you have been "knee-deep" in the product since it's release, you will probably not find any grand revelations here. It succeeds at trying to be what it is: a solid, general product reference.
Also, it is written by Crystal Decisions employees and certified trainers/consultants so you will not be told about any bugs or shortcomings in the product.
I gave it four stars just for the breadth of content and since it is the only reference for Crystal Enterprise, you can honestly say it is the best. To me, it is worth the money spent.
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