Sacramento , California ... May 6, 2012... New Generation Software, Inc. (NGS), an industry leader in the development of business intelligence (BI) software, recently introduced the NGS Software Developer Kit (SDK) to jump-start companies’ deployment of a comprehensive query, reporting, mobile BI, and Web analytics solution. After testing interest in the NGS SDK offer at a few small conferences, the company has decided to extend the offer to other IBM i customers who may be unsure of their BI needs and want a virtually no-risk way to experiment, gather user feedback, and set priorities.
“BI and reporting needs are very personal and often it’s very difficult for developers to know what business users want and where they’ll realize the biggest ROI until the users can see and react to meaningful prototypes. It’s nearly impossible to get a budget approved without that type of interaction. We want the NGS SDK, with its $475 license fee, to be the toolset any IBM i customer can afford to bring in house and use as their BI project catalyst. This is live product, not a trial license, so people can feel comfortable putting what they create into production,” says Bernard Gough, President and CEO of New Generation Software.
The NGS SDK gives a single IBM i developer the ability to create and deliver graphical, on demand Web reports and other popular output formats that can be viewed on PC’s, smartphones, and tablets as well as distributed via email and FTP.
Unlike IBM DB2 Web Query, which NGS frequently is compared to, the SDK includes both an IBM 5250 interface for those who still prefer it and a Windows’ point-click, drag-drop development interface for users who prefer that environment. NGS also provides a Query/400 API to execute and extend the function of legacy IBM Query/400 queries. Web reports can include charts and drill-down hyperlinks and can be integrated into Web portals and customized Web pages. The NGS SDK’s flexibility allows managers and users to select at run time their choice of Excel, PDF, HTML, CSV, TXT, XML, and print output. Security of all reporting functions – including Web and mobile data access – is controlled from the IBM i.
“The NGS SDK is a tremendous door opener for many IT professionals or power users in small shops and for independent consultants who support multiple IBM i clients and have executives requiring critical, real-time information in easy to run and view formats, including on today’s mobile technology,” says Gough.
The NGS SDK includes one concurrent license of IQ Server, NGS-IQ’s 5250 query developer, administrator and Web query interface and one Windows seat license of IQ Client, NGS-IQ’s desktop query and Web report development module. NGS provides 90 days of software maintenance, FREE Web-based education and live walk-throughs to get companies started. Users can also access NGS’ 40+ hours of on demand educational video. Toll-free and online support is included to assist with installation and set up when needed.
In addition, the NGS SDK allows developers to take advantage of all the advanced functionality within NGS-IQ to develop ad-hoc queries and production reports without programming. These include integrated change management, auditing, meta data, and exits to their own custom programs. They can also run queries from CL programs and job schedulers.
With over 25,000 IBM i users representing virtually every industry and company size worldwide, NGS has developed high performance, field-proven software solutions since 1982. NGS-IQ is a versatile, scalable BI suite designed exclusively for the IBM i. NGS’ other product line, The Concert Series™, is a modular financial accounting system including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Human Resources that can be easily interfaced to custom and third-party business applications. NGS is a Premier IBM Business Partner and participant in the IBM i Solution Edition program which provides companies who license NGS-IQ to run on selected POWER7 server models with an opportunity to reduce their POWER7 hardware acquisition cost by substantial discounts.
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