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Even non-technical users can build powerful, good-looking reports.

 

Are you still generating reports, lists, and statements from your System i data in the same spooled-output format? What do they look like? They're probably looking a little dated and old. Could they use a little color? What about a font other than Courier or maybe some lines, boxes, graphics, or barcodes? Wouldn't any one of these elements make your reports look fresh and add impact to the data? What if you could have them all?

SEQUEL Is the Way

SEQUEL ViewPoint provides a great solution for complete report flexibility, layout, and design. The SEQUEL Client Report Option (CRO) lets you create reports for PC printer output using the data on your System i. It also lets you extract data from remote, multi-platform databases (such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL) to create reports. The ease with which you can access these databases makes it possible for even non-technical users to build very powerful and visually stunning reports (see Figure 1).

 

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Figure 1: This Client Report was saved as PDF. (Click images to enlarge.)

 

Create Professional-Looking Reports with Graphical Formatting

A SEQUEL administrator, or even an end-user, can easily create fantastic-looking reports using the SEQUEL Client Report wizard. You can create most reports in just four simple steps. With the drag-and-drop design interface, you can design the report any way you like. It's easy to add a logo or cross-tabulated table to a report. You can specify fonts, colors, graphics, shading, borders, conditional highlighting, and more.

 

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Figure 2: Choose from many available graphic elements to add to your report.

Build on Existing SEQUEL Views

SEQUEL Client Reports provide a faster, direct connection to your System i databases, and you can use your existing SEQUEL views and tables, allowing data to be summarized or reformatted before it's delivered. And your Client Reports are managed and saved on the System i, allowing you to share common reports among multiple users easily and include report objects in regular System i backups.

Get Visual with Client Reports

With the Client Report Option, you can create a variety of reports, including these:

  • Rolling twelve-month history
  • Current month and year-to-date sales
  • Percent of total
  • Cumulative percent of total
  • Top-n reports
  • Variable summarization levels and sort-order listings
  • All standard financial reports using your general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and client information

 

Discover how SEQUEL can add visual impact to your reports. Try SEQUEL free for 30 days. Learn more about SEQUEL and your free trial by clicking here.

 

 

Floyd Del Muro

Floyd Del Muro is Sr. Consultant-Data Access Technologies for SEQUEL Software. He can be reached at 847.273.1046 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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