NGS-IQ™ Analytics System Advantages Over IBM Query/400 NGS-IQ Advantages

Satisfies the Full Range of IBM i Users

  • Powerful, functional query development for I.T professionals and power users (IQ Server™)
  • Graphical user interfaces for developing queries
  • Windows drag-drop, point-and-click query and Web report design (IQ Client™)
  • “WebRunner” run-time Web browser interface for extending data access to authorized mobile and remote users anywhere, anytime
  • Windows multidimensional, online analytical processing (OLAP) for business analysts (SmartView™)
  • Microsoft Office and Windows data access (Qport® Access)
  • Extensive security (IQ SeQure™) to secure queries, email, FTP, downloads, records, fields, and more
  • Data warehouse/mart development for the database administrator

IQ Client
Point-Click, Drag-Drop Query and Web Reporting Design

  • Develop queries on your desktop, online or offline, in a modern, productive Windows environment with all the functionality of IQ Server, NGS’ native IBM i query development interface
  • Utilize complete HTML design features to modernize your reports for Web browser output

Qport Access
One-Click Query Output to NGS OLAP and MS Excel, Access, and Word

  • Run recurring reports from Windows icons—for easy report selection
  • Direct output to popular desktop applications—e.g., Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, and SmartView
  • Create Microsoft Excel workbooks—create and update Excel workbooks, sheets, pivot tables, and named ranges; create live links between Excel and other Windows applications (e.g., PowerPoint); and use multiple queries to refresh one or more sheets in the workbook
  • Use Windows interface—enable Windows users to enter run-time criteria for calculations, selections, and query output
  • Preserve leading zeros in values when transferring data to Excel
  • Direct query output to Windows display—output to Qport Access display and cut/paste into other applications
  • Output to PC and host printers—print where desired for speed or quality

Windows OLAP Analysis Tool

  • Display data multidimensionally across any number of business dimensions
  • Drill up and drill down through multiple data layers
  • Pivot for multiple views of your data
  • Calculate values like gross margin, average order quantities, totals, and percentages of totals
  • Highlight critical values in your report
  • Export to HTML and Excel in one click
  • Graph, chart, and print your presentations
  • Work offline to minimize IBM i workload
  • Filter data to create custom views

Web and Host Access

  • Provide secure access to build and run reports across Internet connections
  • Email query output to email addresses—query output is attached to message and may be delivered as PDF, HTML, XML, ASCII TXT, or CSV file
  • Email spool files as TXT
  • Output queries as Excel, HTML and PDF files from a Web browser or Web-enabled smartphone; hyperlink to summary fields to enable point-and-click, drill-down report navigation; and include banners, cascading style sheets, and backgrounds to create graphically appealing, presentation-quality Web reports
  • Output queries as XML files with user-defined field tags, with or without an HTML table to support Web presentation
  • Output queries to FTP sites—output format may be PDF, HTML, XML, ASCII TXT, or CSV
  • Allow authorized users to run Qport Access remotely over TCP/IP connections

IQ Server (IQ)

Ease of Use

  • One-pass report writing—eliminates the need to create multiple queries and work files to produce final reports
  • Pop-up windows—enhances 5250 user interface and panel navigation
  • Integration of run-time option into Web applications, portals, and Web pages
  • Timesaving copy option when entering new fields, new field conditions, and record selections
  • Run-time prompting with personalized help text for new fields and record selection criteria
  • Personalized list of most recently used queries to help you pick up where you left off
  • Online tutorial with sample database files and reports
  • Comprehensive online help with clear, quick answers

Easier File Joins

  • “Join Wizard”—remembers how you, or your selected database experts, join Db2 files as your NGS-IQ queries are built and maintained. As others build queries over the same files, NGS-IQ instantly fills in the matching fields as they were previously joined.
  • Meta files—joins up to 32 Db2 files and then assigns the entire collection of joins a descriptive or “meta file” name. Your users no longer need to understand names of actual files and how to join them.
  • Streamlined file join changes—primary file and join type can be reassigned after the query is built.
  • Easy file joins—inner joins, partial outer joins, and exception joins are handled in simple English.
  • File joins that can be based on new or “derived” fields—no need to create a temporary work file when the desired files cannot be joined on any of their existing fields.
  • “One-to-many” relationships—when you have multiple records joined to a single record, you can simplify report design by defining comparisons between a field’s value in the current record and the same field’s value in the previous record.
  • Db2 file member support—file members may be selected within the query and changed at run time.
  • File union—consolidated view of data stored in up to 32 files or file members.

New Field Calculations

  • Exponents
  • Square roots
  • Remainders
  • Days elapsed (aging)—using numeric date fields
  • System date in four different formats
  • Extensive date arithmetic and time functions
  • Absolute value
  • Trimming—leading and trailing blanks

Conditional Calculations (in Result Fields)

  • Conditional calculations (if-then, else), for example:

Calculate late charge based on age of receivable

Calculate commission based on sales volume

Replace code values with meaningful  descriptions for management reports

  • Zoned, date, time, timestamp fields
  • Up to 32 conditions allowed per new field
  • Ability to sort and select on conditionally calculated fields
  • New fields with null values and test for null value
  • Previous record support—test a value in the previous record against a value in the current record and then condition the results
  • Resettable counter based on sort field changes
  • “One-to-many” reports
  • Unique occurrences counted
  • Cumulative sums or running balances
  • Record sampling—use conditional new fields to instruct the query to skip records based on user-defined criteria, and generate reports showing the “top five customers,” “last week’s orders,” and other useful ad-hoc information
  • Two additional operators—*TCAT and *BCAT—that let you concatenate alphanumeric fields together, strip off trailing blanks, and place one blank space between fields

Run-Time Prompting

  • Display personalized help instructions at run time to assist users in making ad-hoc record selections
  • Override new field expressions on an ad-hoc basis at run time without changing the query
  • Enter algebraic expressions directly into record selection statements at run time to simplify date arithmetic and other variable selection criteria
  • Print variable information in report headings

Web Links

  • Design queries to support on-demand drill down from summary to detail over the Web

Analytical Reporting

  • Calculate running totals and running percentages of totals
  • Rank and sort by average and by sum of table class
  • Calculate individual percent of total by table class
  • Calculate overall average of all table classes
  • Use conditional new fields in tables

Report Formatting

From a report layout panel:

  • Format output for preprinted forms
  • Place literals on heading, detail, or total lines and place data next to field names
  • Vary data/text within a heading
  • Use up to 9 lines for column and report headings
  • Include up to 112 lines of detail per record
  • Use up to 12 lines per report break
  • Include page headers and footers
  • Modify subtotal and total labels
  • Suppress blank lines within layout
  • Use print conditioning for all new fields

Additional formatting:

  • Print cover page, including record selection criteria (optional) to ensure correct data interpretation
  • Define company-wide standard report heading

Integrated Windows File Generation

  • In a one-step process, create ASCII text files that users can access from their favorite Windows applications
  • Output results in ASCII comma-delimited text files in a shared folder for immediate access from users’ favorite Windows applications

Integrated Data Transfer from IBM i to IBM i (Partitions or Separate Servers)

  • Outputs query results as detail or summary Db2 files on a separate IBM i
  • Creates, appends to existing, or replaces output files
  • Requires IQ Server installed on target IBM i
  • Complies with IBM i security so that users cannot create, append, or replace unless they have authority to the function and object on the target IBM i

Program Exits for Custom Processing and Data Cleansing

  • Calls and executes your custom program before, during, or after query processing and integrates the result of that program into the query result
  • Provides unlimited custom program functions, for example:

Execute a custom data cleansing routine that you want performed as part of a query

Call a program that retrieves data from another system

Multi-Up Mailing Label Formats

  • Design and print “multi-up” label formats

Summary Calculations

  • Calculate at report breaks based on summaries, for example:

Summary Field A + Summary Field B

Summary Field B / Summary Field A

Summary Field C * Summary Field A

  • Additional summary functions:
    • Exponents
    • Standard deviation
    • Square root

Structured Query Language (SQL)

  • Alternative, easy-to-use SQL interface that complements IQ Server’s menu-driven, procedural user interface
  • Ability to prompt on every command for easy query definition
  • From, Join by, Select, Where, Group by, Having, and Order by prompt lines
  • Ability to toggle between SQL and menu-driven interface

Expanded Record Selection and Exclusion Features

  • Define complex record selections in one step using parentheses to establish the relationship and processing sequence for the selections
  • Take advantage of greatly expanded potential for selecting records based on date arithmetic: enter algebraic expressions directly into record selection values, with no need to create a new field in order to base the record selection on the result of a calculation
  • Use full Boolean selection logic plus NOT IN RANGE test to exclude records as in exception reports
  • Copy record selection criteria to save keystrokes when you need to restate nearly all the same tests following an OR relationship between selections

Meta-Data Feature

  • Assign long alias file names, field names, and descriptions to Db2 files and fields
  • Reduce end user training by simplifying database comprehension
  • Customize directory of names to support different business perspectives

Query Performance Management

  • Security Officer control of the execution environment:
    • Declare IQ run environment (Batch/Interactive/Both)
    • Set job time slice
    • Set job priority

Ability to Change Fields: Character to Character and Numeric to Numeric

  • Simplifies substringing and concatenating
  • Simplifies calculations and date arithmetic

Nested Reports

  • Link the execution of up to 99 queries so that completion of one triggers the execution of the next
  • Use one query to create an output file required by the next query, and submit both in one step

Unique Key Processing

  • Retrieve only the last record having the unique key value, for example:

Retrieve most recent order for customer

Generate one mailing label per customer

Keyed File Output

  • Simplifies integrating output files into other applications
  • Improves query performance if keyed file is used to perform subsequent queries

Integrated Report Distribution

  • Use the integrated email and FTP features to distribute query output
  • Generate email alert messages with or without query output attached when important conditions occur in your data, like inventory shortages or other business events
  • Email TO, CC, BCC, Subject, and Message can be determined at run time
  • Route copies of reports to users using RUNIQ command
  • Pass routing information from CL programs

Display and Tailor Default Input/Output Values

  • Report defaults: print file, width, length, overflow, characters per inch, lines per inch, output queue, job description
  • Graphics defaults: print file, width, length, lines per inch, characters per inch, format name, output queue
  • Output defaults: file size, disk library, device, type
  • Option defaults: format, printer, run environment, query description
  • Cover page, file, library, query library, spacing
  • Custom global report heading
  • Optional/changeable summary function labels for minimum, maximum, average, sum, standard deviation

Management Audit Reports

  • Query Statistics Report
    Answer questions such as these: Who created the query and when? Who ran or updated it last? When was it last run or updated? How many times has the query been run or updated?
  • Query File Access Report
    Answer questions such as these: What files does the query access? What queries must be updated if we change this file?
  • Query Definition Template
    Display report definitions or query structure
  • Output query status information to a database file that can be queried to identify:
    • Seldom or no longer used queries
    • The creator of each query
    • Date of last update
    • Number of times the query was executed

IQ SeQure
Security Management System

  • In addition to IBM i security, you can establish file, field, record, output, and query security by user profile

IQ Connexion™
Enterprise-Wide Database Access from IBM i

  • Real-time access to MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Db2, and PostgreSQL with optional IQ Connexion module
  • Integration via IQ Server exit program
  • Standard SQL statements to access remote data
  • Ability to work within your enterprise security rules
  • Queries include both local and distributed database files when IBM Distributed Database Management (DDM) is in use. (IQ Connexion not required for DDM support.)

“Reverse Qport” (Qport Access)
Data Collector for Uploads and Transfers

  • Transfer data from Windows to IBM i in one step—authorized Qport Access users can populate Db2 on i with data from any ODBC-compatible source that can be read by Microsoft Access
  • Handle data conversion automatically—your database is immediately ready for your use on IBM i
  • Load externally collected data—budgets, bids, pricing, market intelligence, credit data, and other important data can be safely and cleanly loaded into Db2 on i by authorized users

Superior User and Technical Documentation

  • IQ Server User Guide
  • IQ Server Tutorial
  • IQ Server Technical Support Guide
  • IQ SeQure User Guide
  • IQ Client User Guide
  • Qport Access User Guide
  • SmartView User Guide
  • IQ Connexion User Guide

Toll-Free Support from Product Experts

  • NGS Support Representatives specialize in understanding the complete IBM i environment—Db2, IBM i, connectivity, performance, security, and more
  • NGS-IQ is the only application they support
  • Toll-free U.S. and Canadian Support: (800) 257-2442
NGS-IQ, IQ Server, IQ Client, SmartView, Qport Access, IQ Connexion, and IQ SeQure are trademarks of New Generation Software, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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