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BCD launches Clover -- Letting end-users & developers Build Robust Web accessible Queries with Ease

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL March 27, 2006 - Premier iSeries software development tool vendor Business Computer Design Int’l (BCD), announced the launch of their new iSeries – i5 Web based Query tool named Clover. Clover is available to those who develop with WebSmart and to those who do not develop with WebSmart, and includes unlimited end-user seats. With an extensive beta test now complete, Clover is now ready for iSeries – i5 users to use.

This new, highly productive end-user addition to BCD’s line of iSeries – i5 high productivity solutions generates HTML formatted reports and queries for display in browsers. These reports materialize in just minutes in an easy to use point-and-click PC-based development environment. Programming skills are NOT needed so end users can create the informative reports they need without the support of IT. Clover is designed to make common report design tasks such as sorting, record selection, joining files, level breaks, totals and subtotals as intuitive as possible. Users do not need to know anything about SQL or HTML.

With Clover, you can easily display information on sales, inventory levels, or account information that previously was hard to access. Business Intelligence or Dashboard applications that power EIS (Executive Information Systems) solutions are simple to create because Clover’s templates and wizards do most of the work. Clover reports are hosted on your iSeries and run in real-time. Users can access these reports from the Internet, an Extranet, or Intranet through a browser.

With Clover, you can produce real time web-based graphical reports, queries, pie charts, bar graphs and line graphs, or export iSeries data to create Excel spreadsheets. You can easily design reports can with subtotals, level breaks, details, summaries, user-written calculations, drill downs and more. In addition to powerful charting capabilities, Clover also makes it easy to produce KPI gauges to provide snapshots of real-time key business performance metrics.

The seamless integration of Clover and BCD’s widely used Web development tool- WebSmart, offers you single point control over important report generation and Web site development tasks. Technicians can access all of WebSmart’s core development features through Clover and build applications to handle Order Entry, Purchase Orders, Customer Inquiries, Parts and Inventory Management, Payroll, Customer Relationship Management, Project Management and others. They can also easily seamlessly integrate Clover-generated reports into any WebSmart application, sharing information from one piece to the other.

When designing reports, users get real-time feedback from Clover to guide them through the design process, which results in a highly productive report definition process and reduces design mistakes. Clover report design is driven by powerful SQL wizards in conjunction with design tools for the report layout and logic. Designers see the SQL statement used to query the database under construction in a window separate from the one they develop in. They can test the validity of SQL statements, at any point in the design process, directly from this window. At the end of the wizard process, Clover presents the HTML that will form the web-based report, and provides a visual preview of the finished report. At this point, designers can immediately run the report.

Clover’s 20 different report templates make query building a snap. The standard template includes a summary report with headings breaks and subtotals. Other templates support using BCD’s newly released SmartCharts, a suite of over 100 Flash graphs, charts, gauges and KPIs, giving users the ability to create professional quality graphical representations of business metrics, including real-time charts, single or multiple series, 2D or 3D and EIM dashboard-type graphics. These charts and graphs can be interactive, so users can click on them to drill down into multiple layers of information. In addition to many other template aids, you can easily customize or create your own templates to integrate your company’s look and feel into each report. SmartCharts is included for Free with BCD’s Clover, WebSmart and Nexus solutions.

To evaluate Clover, schedule a Live Web Demo or call a BCD Product Specialist (630) 986-0800, or email A WebSmart Clover license accommodates unlimited end-users on one iSeries partition for $10,000 USD.

WebSmart and Catapult are now distributed globally by IBM and shipped with every i5/OS v5r4 upgrade and all new iSeries systems sales on IBM's Try & Buy CD.

In 2006 BCD has already received three new industry awards, bringing the total to 35. BCD’s has 30 years of experience in the IBM midrange marketplace. BCD has sold over 30,000 copies of its software products to 10,000+ organizations. WebSmart, Nexus and Catapult are listed on IBM’s iSeries Developers Roadmap. BCD is a member of IBM’s ISV Advisory Council and IBM Advanced Business Partner. All of BCD’s key products are IBM ServerProven and several are IBM ValueAdd for eCommerce.