What is the real difference? I know Business Objects produces the product, but I hear the term Business Objects pretty often compared to Crystal Reports. I'm wondering if one could be a server side installation for reporting, similar to SSRS? Also, has anyone here used these products in any big projects?
My 2 cents is that Business Objects is the back end on demand system that would compare to SSRS. In SSRS we can build reports that end users can go to a URL and run either by keying in values for the search criteria or just running the report. Reports can also be scheduled to run at a certain time, dropped into Sharepoint, emailed, printed, etc. Business Objects is much the same way, users hit an interface key in some values and run the report, reports can also be ran at specified times, exported etc. Crystal Reports I want to say was acquired by the Business Objects folks and is more of a client side application for creating and running reports. Many third party applications also use features of Crystal Reports within their application.
Business Objects has it's origins in OLAP, so I would take it that BO is often referred to as the whole OLAP/BI offering, whereas Crystal is 'just' the reporting engine. The SQL equivalent would be (ish) SSAS = BO and SSRS = Crystal