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Sams Teach Yourself Crystal Reports® 9 in 24 Hours by Ryan Marples, Neil FitzGerald, Steve Lucas, Joe Estes, Kathryn Hunt

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Chapter 1. The Value of Crystal Reports 9

Crystal Reports is a design application for creating powerful and compelling reports that transform data, from virtually any data source, into meaningful information. Hundreds of thousands of business users and application developers alike have discovered the power and flexibility of Crystal Reports. Not just a tool for application developers, Crystal Reports is also an application for a wide variety of organizational users who need to analyze and interpret important information for better presentation and decision making. Many corporate business users get their information from a variety of legacy mechanisms that are still prevalent today—custom applications, mainframe reports, ASCII files, and so on. ...

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