Press Release:
Enhancements Extend NGS Business Performance Dashboard Functionality
Release 4.50 Now Available

Sacramento, California... March 8, 2007... New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS), Inc. a respected developer of proven software solutions for the midrange community, has begun shipping release 4.50 of the NGS Business Performance Dashboard, an integrated module of the NGS-IQ business intelligence and enterprise reporting solution for the IBM System i.

Release 4.50 includes additional charting features, new presentation and delivery methods, and improved integration with NGS-IQ’s query engine, IQ Server. IQ Server now assigns results of report break summary and new field calculations their own, individual XML tags when users output to XML. This new capability provides greater flexibility when generating XML files and simplifies the development of dashboards.

NGS Business Performance Dashboards can now be exported to Microsoft Word as dynamic and interactive visualizations, and users can export a copy of the original Excel file that had been imported into the visualization. The software, which leverages Adobe Flash Player, continues to support numerous other export formats, including Power Point and HTML. Visualizations can be distributed via e-mail and published on any Web server.

Release 4.50 includes a new panel set component consisting of framing options that enable users to easily navigate between files in a presentation, embed .jpg or .swf files into the frames, and adjust formatting features to customize the look of the component in their visualization. Users can now add animation to their chart components (with the exception of area chart components), so bars expand and shrink and points grow to full size in chart components when the underlying data changes and visualizations are run.

Candlestick and OHLC chart components are now available to display stock data. Line markers on a chart and colors on a candlestick correspond to the open-high-low-close price of the stock. In addition, this release of the NGS Business Performance Dashboard also includes three new skins: graphite, halo, and Windows classic.

The NGS Business Performance Dashboard is a complete information delivery solution that lets managers and users view, present, and interact with live business data in a flexible, graphical format from their Web browser. To facilitate implementation, 150 dashboard templates are standard components of this product. These include KPI’s in the areas of sales, finance, inventory, production, customer service, customer relationship management, and human resources. Dashboards can be updated as required by using IQ Server to refresh the underlying XML files.

With over 20,000 System i users across the globe, NGS has been an industry leader since 1982 in developing high performance software solutions and is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld for Developers. Both NGS-IQ and the Concert Series Financial Management System are recognized by IBM as “ServerProven Solutions.”    

NGS-IQ, NGS Business Performance Dashboard, IQ Server, and Concert Series are trademarks of New Generation Software, Inc. The IBM logo and System i are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

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