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NGS-IQ™ Business Intelligence 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, interactive dashboards and Web presentations for managers (NGS Dashboard Designer)
  • Graphical user interfaces for developing queries from Windows and Web browsers (Qport® Builder)
  • 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

SmartView
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.)

NGS Dashboard Designer

  • Complete information delivery solution that gives an organization the ability to view, present, and interact with live business data in a flexible, graphical format from a Web browser
  • Presentations that include charts, tables, gauges, maps, and other visualization tools to help make business information easy to see, understand, and analyze at a glance

Qport Builder
Graphical User Interface (GUI)

  • Develop queries in Windows or over the Web – with a point and click of your mouse
  • Obtain all the function of IQ Server in a GUI designed for Windows and Web users
  • Choose deployment environment – Windows, Websphere with zero interactive CPW, or Java applet developed with Seagull JWalk®

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

  • Transfer data from Windows to your 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 your 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
  • Qport Builder Tutorial
  • IQ Client User Guide
  • Qport Access User Guide
  • SmartView User Guide
  • Business Performance Dashboard Starter Kit
  • IQ Connexion User Guide

Toll-Free Support from Product Experts

  • NGS Support Representatives specialize in understanding the complete IBM i environment – DB2, i5/OS, 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 Builder, 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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