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Crystal Reports: reporting made easy

Managing your business data can be challenging. Many people struggle to get data out of their software in an efficient way. They’re buried in data. YYCC’s software consultants specialize in Crystal Reports, helping our clients get the most out of their data.

What is Crystal Reports?
Crystal Reports is a reporting tool designed to help you create rich, formatted reports from your data source, such as Microsoft Excel, Sage 100 and Exact Macola. Once connected to a data source, users design reports by adding the fields from the database that are displayed from the data source and adding them to the report. The basic capabilities of Crystal Reports are to add columns, headers, groupings, and formulas. You can also add parameters that can be used to filter the dataset down into a report for viewing.

Are you buried in Excel sheets all day? Crystal Reports can help.

How YYCC Can Help
Having Crystal Reports isn’t any good if you don’t know how to use the software. YYCC has software consultants on staff to get new Crystal Reports users up and running through proper training and guidance.

When a client signs up for Crystal Reports, they are trained step-by-step. First, we show how to connect to the database using the Crystal Report Database Connection Wizard. We then review the designer view and put fields into columns and preview a basic report. We add groupings, headers, and footers to the report and also build and add a formula to the report. Lastly, we add a parameter and run a report using it.

One of the best ways our consultants can show users the power of Crystal Reports is to let them generate a report that has been giving them trouble.

YYCC has been consulting with Crystal Reports for nearly 20 years. If you believe that Crystal Reports could help make reporting easier, contact us today.