Which Xcelsius 2008 should you buy? Pricing and Licensing at a Glance.

There is a lot of confusion on discussion boards and forums regarding Xcelsius Pricing and Licensing. Which edition is good for me? Will I be overspending or underspending? Will a particular Xcelsius edition solve my problem? If you have questions like these, then this article can help you answer some of them. This information brouchure is from Business Objects and can be downloaded here.

HOW MUCH DOES XCELSIUS 2008 COST?
Addressing different budget and requirements, Xcelsius 2008 is available in four editions – Present, Engage, Engage Server, and Enterprise.

XCELSIUS PRESENT* ($195 USD)
Launched: Q2, 2008.
Transform Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into interactive data presentations and share them via Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and Adobe PDF.

For each copy purchased, you may:

Design data presentations: One named user may install and use Xcelsius Present features to create data presentations and visual models. A design license cannot be shared among multiple individuals. If you require additional design licenses, you can purchase additional Xcelsius Present licenses.

Share data presentations: With Xcelsius Present, you may share your data presentations with an unlimited number of users.

XCELSIUS ENGAGE ($895 USD)
Create interactive dashboards and data presentations from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and company databases – and share them live via PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Adobe PDF, Crystal Reports® 2008, and the Web.

For each copy purchased, you may:

Design dashboards: One named user may install and use Xcelsius Engage features to create dashboards and visual models. A design license cannot be shared among multiple individuals. If you require additional design licenses, you may purchase additional Xcelsius Engage licenses. Xcelsius Engage may not be used to create dashboards and visual models connected to BusinessObjects™ Enterprise or BusinessObjects Edge Series.

Share self-contained and live dashboards: With Xcelsius Engage, you also may share, with an unlimited number of users, self-contained dashboards and dashboards connected to live data sources – as long as they are not connected to BusinessObjects platforms or distributed as part of a commercial sales, rental, or lease.

XCELSIUS ENGAGE SERVER 5 CAL ($7,500 USD)
You get everything in Xcelsius Engage plus Flynet automatic Web service generator, connectivity to Adobe LiveCycle Data Services, Microsoft SharePoint and Reporting Services integration kits, IBM WebSphere integration kit, and five concurrent access licenses.

For each copy purchased, you may:

Design dashboards: One named user may install and use Xcelsius Engage Server features to create dashboards and visual models. A design license cannot be shared among multiple individuals. If you require additional design licenses, you may purchase additional Xcelsius Engage Server licenses. Xcelsius Engage Server may not be used to create dashboards and visual models connected to BusinessObjects Enterprise or BusinessObjects Edge Series.

Share self-contained and live dashboards: With Xcelsius Engage Server, you may share dashboards and visual models connected to live data sources (excluding BusinessObjects Enterprise and BusinessObjects Edge Series) with five concurrent users. If you require additional concurrent access licenses, you can purchase additional Xcelsius Engage Server licenses. You also may share self-contained dashboards and dashboards connected to live data sources (excluding BusinessObjects Enterprise and BusinessObjects Edge Series), via methods other than Flynet web services, Xcelsius connectivity to Microsoft Reporting Services and Adobe LiveCycle Data Services, with an unlimited number of users. Xcelsius Engage Server connected visualizations cannot be distributed as part of a commercial sales, rental, or lease.

BUSINESSOBJECTS XCELSIUS ENTERPRISE
BusinessObjects Xcelsius Enterprise is an extension of the Xcelsius technology specifically designed for use with the BusinessObjects Enterprise and BusinessObjects Edge Series, the industry’s most trusted business intelligence platform. With Xcelsius Enterprise, your dashboards leverage live connectivity, interactivity, and secure access to the semantic layer. For more information, please contact your account manager or a Business Objects reseller.

OEM PRICING AND LICENSING OPTIONS
Xcelsius has a unique and flexible architecture that is easily embedded within many different software products. Our OEM partner program offers Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) the opportunity to integrate powerful visualization capabilities from Xcelsius with their own product offering for commercial resale. If you would like to give your software a competitive edge, the Xcelsius OEM Partner program can be tailored to match your needs. For more information, please contact a sales representative.

AVAILABILITY
To learn more about Xcelsius 2008 products or to download a free trial, please visit Business Objects

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  • Josh Fletcher

    Can you clarify what they mean by connecting to company databases? As I understand it, you can only connect to databases by using web services, like QaaWS..

    – Josh

  • Kalyan Verma

    @ Josh

    When they say Company DB, they meant via XML, Web Services or QAAWS. There is no data connection (ODBC) yet to directly connect to Databases.

    -Kalyan

  • Tom Hagoth

    Does the license permit me to insert a calculator into a PowerPoint slide show that I sell to others?

    • Rajesh

      Hi

      I am intersted in developing XCelsius Apps for profit. I guess you also had intentions for the same. Did you get more info from SAP about the SAP. I read for XCelsius Engage licensing that –

      “self-contained dashboards and dashboards connected to live data sources – as long as they are not connected to BusinessObjects platforms or distributed as part of a commercial sales, rental, or lease.”

      Any thoughts about it.

  • @Tom:

    I believe so. As long as the data is not connected to any live source. Still I would consult SAP on getting license questions cleared.

    Regards,
    Kalyan Verma

  • Milind Kadam

    Hello,
    I am having the following questions:

    1. What could be the price of 5 named user licenses for Xcelsius Present 2008, if I need to make interactive dashboards for my company.

    2. Can you provide me with a demo on how is it possible to connect to database and refresh the live data.

    3. Can I get a trial Key for the same for 6 months is it possible?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Vaibhav

    Thanks for your valuable inputs.

    I too have the same questions as posted by Milind Kadam.
    Also i will like to know where can i get the documents /help for “How to integrate SharePoint with Xcelsius Engage server”

    Thanks ,
    Vaibhav Pawar

  • I have some questions on xcelsius.

    Q1. Which version of xcelsius is perfect for corporate user.
    Q2. can we connect this with any RDBMS? if yes then how?
    Q3. is there any limitation of rows in excel.