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NGS Launches “Smart Client” Query Tool for DB2 on System i
Blends Rich Windows Interface and Native i5/OS Execution Environment

Sacramento, California ... August 7, 2007... New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS) today announced the general availability of their new IQ Client, Windows “smart client” query development module of the NGS business intelligence product family for IBM System i users. IQ Client™ features a graphical point-and-click, drag-and-drop query and report writing environment where users work with DB2 for i5/OS data without sacrificing the benefits of native, batch query processing, and security. The unique design of this software enables a user to work with or without a live System i or Internet connection. This enables IQ Client to combine the ease of use and familiarity of the Windows user interface with the strengths of the integrated NGS-IQ™ business intelligence environment and System i.

IQ Client lets users develop everything from quick ad-hoc queries to production reports and immediately save and upload the queries to IQ Server™, NGS-IQ’s native query engine on the System i, for storage and processing. Once saved on the System i, queries created with IQ Client can be revised and run from NGS-IQ’s Web browser and 5250 user interfaces. No query translation or conversion is required.

By deploying IQ Client, a company’s database and business knowledge can be extended to non-technical users as they download queries developed by others – with file joins already pre-set – and work comfortably with these queries in a Windows’ interface that they typically prefer.

IQ Client supports extended functionality including simple and conditionally calculated fields; multi-file joins; run-time prompts for selection criteria and/or calculations; date arithmetic; report break summaries and calculations, rankings, running totals, averages, and percentages; extensive formatting; e-mail and FTP delivery, and more.

Conditional New Fields Sample

 

File Joins Sample

Users will appreciate IQ Client’s one-click connection to Qport® Access, the client module of NGS-IQ that provides direct output to Microsoft Excel, Access, and Word; NGS-IQ’s multi-dimensional OLAP module; display; print; and output defined on the server, e.g. dynamic Web NGS dashboards, PDF, HTML, DB2 UDB (summary or detail), XML, CSV, and TXT.

Users are only allowed to copy the structure of files or NGS-IQ query objects they are authorized to access. Security is enforced on the System i through i5/OS’s object authority and IQ SeQure™, NGS-IQ’s optional security management module which offers user restrictions by file, field, record, and output.

“As a long-time AS/400 developer and advocate for native green screens, I was frankly surprised to discover that I now prefer developing queries in IQ Client. Its design and ease of use truly speeds deployment,” said John W. O’Sullivan, NGS’ Vice President of Information Technology. “And its offline development capability means users can be productive whenever and wherever they need to be.”

With over 20,000 System i users throughout the world, NGS is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience developing field-proven software for business intelligence and financial management. Both NGS-IQ™ Business Intelligence and the Concert Series™ Financial Management System are recognized by IBM as “Server Proven Solutions.” NGS is an Advanced Member of IBM PartnerWorld and a member of the System i Initiative for Innovation.

IQ Client, NGS-IQ, IQ Server, Qport Access, IQ SeQure, and Concert Series are trademarks of New Generation Software, Inc. The IBM logo and System i are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.

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