Crystal Xcelsius Workgroup


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Business Objects has launched a new variant of Crystal Xcelsius and is called Crystal Xcelsius Workgroup. Crystal Xcelsius Workgroup lets you create visual business models from personal or corporate data with point-and-click ease. Flexible data access using Excel or SOAP-based web services means your visual models are live-with up-to-the-minute information.

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Watch the 2 minute video: How to connect Crystal Xcelsius to live data

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Xcelsius Workgroup is really designed to accommodate the creation of dashboard and portal applications with associated features for security, sharing, performance and management control. Xcelsius Workgroup provides the same design or Analytic Workbench as the one offered by Xcelsius, though with added features for data management and group use. The Analytic Workbench definitely simplifies presentation layout.

Xcelsius Workgroup is designed in part to address the issue of data updates in Excel, but updates to formulas and layouts in a spreadsheet remain a thorny problem for Xcelsius. But as the Xcelsius motto goes, users are likely “to steal the show” with their Xcelsius-powered PowerPoint, Adobe, HTML or stand-alone presentations. I had no problems using all the output options for presentations. I was surprised, however, that Business Object did not use Macromedia’s Flash Paper as another powerful delivery vehicle.

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