We have an application that will be sold both as a licensed application and a hosted ( SaaS ) application. Business Objects has a Crystal Reports "Developer Advantage" program ( http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/reporting/developeradvantage/index.epx
) that "Royalty-free deployment of the Crystal Reports run-time report engine with any number of Web applications".
However, the language appears to be ambiguous ( http://www.sap.com/solutions/sapbusinessobjects/sme/reporting/crystalreports/licensing/index.epx
) says: Web applications for external use: External distribution of Web applications embedding these component engines is now available for single, fixed price with the new Crystal Reports 2008 Developer Advantage license. This offering covers you for any number of deployments that embed the Crystal Reports 2008 runtime engine. The option of purchasing individual copies of the Crystal Reports 2008 license for each deployment also exists.
A Business Objects Salesman is quoting us a price that is MUCH higher than Crystal Reports Developer Advantage.
page has a "Tech Specs" tab that includes the text "Software as a service implementations are not covered by Developer Advantage, and require an OEM license.". That seems to be in conflict with the overview page that includes the language "One-time fee to embed the Crystal Reports 2008 runtime engine in any number of Web applications and share these applications with external users. ".
Can anyone point me to some Business Objects documentation that defines the terms and differentiates Web Applications with external users from SaaS? Is it simply that a fee is being charged?