When IT Business Edge blogger Loraine Lawson wrote about SAP's acquisition of Business Objects late last year, she predicted there would be plenty of integration between the two vendors' products.
Of course, integration between products vendors see as complementary is a common byproduct of most mergers. In some cases, it even helps drive deals. This was likely the case with the Business Objects acquisition, as SAP obviously hopes to capitalize on what it sees as a logical connection between business intelligence and ERP.
Though the acquisition closed just a few months ago, the companies are offering users of SAP's Business One a free basic version of Business Objects' Crystal Reports software. This will allow users to access data from the Business One application and create reports and present data within an integrated system, according to eChannelLine.
Several other Business Objects applications are also offered as integrated add-ons to Business One, including Crystal Reports 2008 Visual Advantage, which allows users to access information gathered from more than 35 data sources and create and share dashboards and data presentations, and Crystal Reports Server 2008, which lets companies manage and share reports over the Web.