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Press Release:
Starter Kit of Templates Enriches the NGS Business Performance Dashboard

Sacramento, California ... September 1, 2005... New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS), a long-time, respected developer of proven software solutions for the midrange community, recently announced the availability of more than 100 pre-defined templates for the NGS Business Performance Dashboard solution. Introduced earlier this year, the NGS Business Performance Dashboard complements the NGS-IQ suite of integrated business intelligence applications for advanced query, enterprise reporting, OLAP multi-dimensional analysis, data mart, and data warehouse development for the IBM iSeries.

The NGS Business Performance Dashboard solution now features ready-to-use templates that graphically present many of the most common key performance indicators in the areas of Sales, Finance, Customer Relationship Management, Human Resources, Customer Service, Inventory, and Production. The performance dashboard templates are delivered with a supporting DB2 database,
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queries that refresh the dashboards upon execution, and the dashboard design files needed to facilitate further development and easy customization. A comprehensive reference guide is also provided.

“Response to the NGS Business Performance Dashboard has been extremely favorable; the addition of these standard templates promote rapid development and deployment to enable senior executives and other dashboard users to quickly monitor the areas where they need to focus their attention and selectively use the full power of the NGS-IQ solution to dig deeper in those areas when the data warrants further analysis,” explained NGS President and CEO, Bernard Gough.

The NGS Business Performance Dashboard gives users the ability to view and interact with live business data in a flexible, graphical format through their Web browser. Dashboard elements can include charts, tables, gauges, maps, and other visualization tools. Decision makers can view up-to-the-minute key performance indicators and scorecards for their organization, identify trends and locate exceptions, and compare multiple charts to contrast performance, such as actual versus target.

A business analyst running Windows 2000 or XP and Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition can quickly become a productive dashboard developer. No programming is required. Dashboards are updated by using the NGS-IQ product to refresh the underlying XML files. Finished dashboards can be published on a Web server as Macromedia Flash files, distributed via e-mail, and even exported to PowerPoint or Outlook as needed.

Users of the resulting dashboards require no training; they only need an Internet connection and the royalty-free Macromedia Flash Player software. Once the users are inside the Flash file, they can use powerful Flash components to create “what-if” scenarios, filter across various business dimensions, and more. Updates to the dashboards can be scheduled to run automatically from the iSeries or Windows server.

With over 20,000 iSeries users across the globe, NGS has been an industry leader since 1982 in developing high performance, field-proven software for midrange users. The cost-effective, scalable NGS-IQ product line is an IBM-approved business intelligence solution in the “IBM Application Development Tools Network for iSeries” and a designated IBM ServerProven® Solution. NGS is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld for Developers.

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