Crystal Xcelsius is a data visualization design tool that displays summary-level business data in a visually rich and intuitive format that allows users to analyze and interact with their data in order to make better business decisions. CX is first and foremost a visualization and presentation tool; it is not a back-end reporting tool, nor is it a sophisticated data modeling or integration package. While CX does allow for data manipulation and transformation, it is solely for the purpose of visualization and interactivity purposes, versus more advanced data transformation-type functionality, such as Data Integrator, also available from Business Objects.
Most people use Crystal Xcelsius for its robust and award-winning visualization technology, not as a complete dashboard or scorecard solution. While CX most definitely can build amazing dashboards and scorecards, it represents only part of a complete dashboard or scorecard package. Most dashboard and scorecard technologies on the market today come with a complete infrastructure for managing key performance indicators and metrics, strategy mapping, collaboration, security and navigation.