Ease of Use
DB2 Web Query comes at the task of query and reporting from a very different perspective than Query/400. The user interface and flow is substantially different and requires time to learn.
NGS-IQ provides you with an integrated, yet modular, approach to reporting and BI. We know different users require different user interfaces and function. One user may simply want to run pre-defined reports from icons on his or her Windows desktop. Another user may want a Web interface for running queries and viewing the output. Your most technically adept users may move comfortably between Web, Windows, and 5250 interfaces. With NGS-IQ, all of these people can simultaneously work in the environment they prefer, where they are most productive. DB2 Web Query, as its name implies, does not provide a 5250 query development interface which despite its legacy heritage, remains a highly efficient work environment that long-time IBM i users frequently choose when given the opportunity.
Query/400 users find the flow of NGS-IQ familiar and easy to learn. NGS has gone to great lengths to provide an intuitive, step-by-step flow while providing a dramatically more functional, modern, and high-performance solution. Our Query/400 API enables you to run up to 10 Query/400 queries in a specified order from within a single NGS-IQ query. This capability means you can take output from Query/400 queries to Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access; PDF, HTML, XML, CSV, TXT; and NGS’s online analytical processing (OLAP) solution known as SmartView. NGS-IQ’s integrated e-mail and FTP give you the ability to run these queries and automate the distribution of their output. Please note that DB2 Web Query Standard edition does include a “Query/400 Discovery” tool to help customers analyze which Query/400 objects are deemed convertible into DB2 Web Query. This feature is unavailable in the Express edition. NGS assures you that its Query/400 API is a fully supported, no charge feature available to all NGS-IQ customers on maintenance.
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