Crystal Decisions Delivers Enterprise Reporting and Analysis for Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003

U.S. Navy Selects Crystal Enterprise and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 to Analyze Critical Data

PALO ALTO, CA, April 24, 2003 - At the Microsoft launch event for Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET 2003 in San Francisco, Crystal Decisions, one of the world's leading information management software companies, announced immediate support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with the Crystal Enterprise 9 reporting, analysis, and information delivery platform, as well as the general availability of Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET 2003, a special edition of an industry standard for high- performance report design that is fully integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003.

"Crystal Decisions and Microsoft have had a long and successful product relationship; and we are extremely pleased that Crystal Decisions is delivering next-generation technology for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET 2003," said Tom Button, vice president for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at Microsoft Corp. "Crystal Decisions has been a part of our ecosystem since the very beginning, building solutions specifically designed to work with our products. Crystal Decisions is providing the type of scalable and reliable enterprise reporting technologies our largest customers demand and expect."

One such customer is the U.S. Navy, which has selected Crystal Enterprise 9 and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 to connect multiple business functions and share critical information more effectively by using one unified and secure reporting, analysis and information delivery platform. "We needed a scalable, secure and highly reliable enterprise reporting solution that would be online at all times and could help us make crucial decisions based on up-to- the-minute information," said Karen Mills, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport KMIS Project Manager. "Crystal Decisions and Microsoft will enable us to meet these goals(1)."

"We are thrilled to provide a reporting and information delivery platform that has been optimized for Windows Server 2003. Our solution provides the scalability and reliability large organizations demand and expect, while offering extensive programmability directly from within Visual Studio .NET 2003," said Andrew Handford, vice president of product at Crystal Decisions.

"With the combination of Crystal Enterprise 9 and Windows Server 2003, the bottom-line benefit for Microsoft customers is a lower total cost of ownership for Business Intelligence. Crystal Enterprise consolidates information from disparate databases and delivers a broad range of functionality for applications built using Visual Studio .NET 2003," concluded Handford. "Today customers can leverage Crystal Enterprise to consolidate their Business Intelligence investments, replace stand-alone tools and deliver actionable information to a broader user base."

Optimized for Windows Server 2003, Crystal Enterprise 9 provides a highly scalable and reliable reporting, analysis and information delivery platform large organizations require to help them make better use of corporate data, understand and drive business performance. Crystal Reports for Visual Studio .NET 2003 provides Web and Windows developers with a fast and highly productive means - within Microsoft Visual Studio .NET - for creating high- quality, interactive reports that can be tightly integrated into virtually any type of application.

Crystal Decisions is also rolling out its next generation ".NETzone" developer community to better serve .NET developers. The new and improved .NETzone provides developers around the world with access to helpful resources any time day or night including sample applications, online seminars, how-to documents, kbase articles, online forums, white papers, polls, exclusive downloads, and discounted offers and promotional giveaways. .NETzone is the resource for .NET developers looking for information on how to successfully integrate Crystal Enterprise and Crystal Reports with their Web, Windows or Mobile applications.

For More Information

For more information on Crystal Decisions technologies and services, phone 1-800-877-2340 (North America) or 1-604-681-3435 (International), or visit the Crystal Decisions Web site at ".NETzone" can be found at

About Crystal Decisions

Crystal Decisions, a privately held company, is one of the world's leading information management software companies with more than 14 million licenses shipped. Since 1984, Crystal Decisions has powered winning organizations with one of the fastest ways for employees, partners and customers to access the information they need to make the best decisions and ultimately reduce costs and increase productivity. The Crystal brand is among the most trusted names in enterprise reporting and more than 345 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have standardized on Crystal Decisions solutions. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Crystal Decisions has more than 25 offices worldwide and can be found on the Internet at

For further information contact:

Kristine Berry, Crystal Decisions       
(604) 647-8557                      

Liz Sloan, Ruder Finn / Switzer
(415) 249-6778

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(1) Ms. Mills' comments are neither intended nor designed to endorse either Crystal Decisions or Microsoft or any of their products on behalf of the U. S. Government or Department of the Navy.

SOURCE Crystal Decisions Inc.