Sacramento, California... September 7, 2003... New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) recently started shipment of Release 6.30 of its popular NGS-IQ suite of business intelligence solutions for iSeries 400 customers.
With NGS-IQ 6.30, Microsoft Office users can create and update Excel workbooks and sheets and direct query output from the iSeries to specific name ranges in existing Excel sheets. They can also create dynamic links between Excel output and other Windows applications. For example, Power Point charts will be automatically updated when the linking Excel spreadsheet is refreshed.
Reports can now be generated in enhanced HTML format with banners, backgrounds, cascading style sheets and drillable hyperlinks for superior presentation and easy navigation from summary to detail.
New e-mail and FTP features make it easy to generate and distribute reports in PDF, XML, HTML, .TXT and .CSV format. When generating an XML file, a user has the option of automatically generating an HTML table to support the presentation and sorting of their XML output over the Web.
In this new release, NGS-IQ supports two Web deployment alternatives – one for customers using IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS), and one for those not using WAS. Customers implementing NGS-IQ with IBM’s WAS can operate the software in zero-Interactive CPW environments. The other deployment option may be preferred by those customers not running WAS or with iSeries Enterprise servers where Interactive CPW usage is less of a concern.
“With these new features and functions, NGS-IQ leverages the power of DB2, Windows and the Web and extends the business intelligence and e-business capabilities of the product,” states NGS Marketing Communications Manager, Mary Lynn Treadwell. “Our beta site customers are enthusiastic with the enhanced Excel output. The ability to reuse the same formatted sheet to receive new data each time they run their report and feed data from multiple queries into the same or different sheets in the same workbook is especially useful for financial reporting.”
NGS-IQ is designed to support flexible and rapid deployment on iSeries in production “OLTP,” High Availability and LPAR environments. The software works directly with iSeries and processes request natively in OS/400 without the use of ODBC middleware. An integrated security module is available to customers who need to control end user DB2 access at the file, field and record level. NGS-IQ includes a Windows on-line analytical processing module (OLAP) module, Qport SmartView. This product supports business analytics without the lengthy design and implementation cycle typically associated with analytical software.
With over 20,000 iSeries 400 users throughout the world, NGS has been an industry leader since 1982 in developing field-proven software for business intelligence, financial management and data automation. NGS-IQ and the Concert Series Financial Management System are recognized by IBM as “Server Proven Solutions.” NGS-IQ is also an IBM-approved business intelligence solution in the “IBM Application Development Tools Network for iSeries 400.” NGS is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld for Developers.