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BCD Adds Productivity Boost, Flexibility to Nexus Version 3 Beta

Track KPI's and other metrics with elegant graphical views and drill downs produced by BCD's new progressive chart & KPI building system.

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL, March 27, 2006: Today, Business Computer Design Int’l, Inc. (BCD) (, removed the wrapper from a brand-new data graphing and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) solution called SmartCharts. Like no other iSeries or System i5 solution available, SmartCharts™ builds real time graphical snapshots instantly from DB2/i5 and PC data sources and displays them in your browser.

SmartCharts uses Charts, Graphs and KPIs to provide users with instant snapshots of vital business metrics. This helps users visually improve the communication of business information as well as giving users the ability to drill down into data, allowing them to better monitor the pulse of their business.

BCD has empowered several of their web development and business intelligence solutions with SmartCharts at NO additional cost when they select BCD’s WebSmart, Nexus and/or Clover solutions. SmartCharts with Progressive Charts and KPIs offers users the latest in single dimensional, three dimensional and animated Graphs, Charts, Barrels, Speedometer style gauges and more.

Managers and supervisors will be especially keen on SmartCharts because it will free them from hours of tedious performance report compilation and review. All you need to do to generate an instant snapshot of vital business metrics is select a graph style KPI that best suits your needs from dozens of templates, then connect SmartCharts to WebSmart, Nexus or Clover linking to a data source or program, or any other iSeries, third party or PC application or file, or Excel spreadsheet, and in seconds the image builds before your eyes.

BCD SmartCharts uses Flash technology, so any web user can view them in any web browser without requiring lengthy client program downloads. In addition, you can embed BCD SmartCharts in any web page along with other content. For example, you can present a summary table of sales by region alongside a pie chart or bar chart. BCD SmartCharts transforms sterile data into colorful and impressive images that really tell the story so employees can take corrective action more quickly.

By clicking on graph columns, pie segments, or other parameters you can drill down many levels to more detailed supporting information or to finer granulated graphical views of business information.

BCD has empowered its web development and business intelligence solutions WebSmart, Nexus, and Clover with SmartCharts. Both WebSmart and Clover have templates that let you easily connect existing iSeries data to SmartCharts with no coding required. Nexus provides the ability to embed SmartCharts directly within portlets. Remarkably, SmartCharts is included at absolutely no charge when you license any of these powerful and cost effective BCD solutions.

When coupled with WebSmart, BCD’s iSeries Web Application Development tool, SmartCharts allows you to build powerful and sophisticated data analysis web applications that present summary results in charts, graphs, or gauge formats. You can launch these graphs in standalone web pages or integrate them into BCD's Nexus solution that give end-users access to snapshots of business metrics or KPIs.

By integrating SmartCharts with Clover, BCD’s end-user query tool for Web queries and reports, you can instantly populate charts, graphs and gauges with the query results. SmartCharts offers drill down capabilities that display iSeries summary data with no programming, HTML or SQL required.

To download SmartCharts with WebSmart, Nexus, or Clover please visit For an evaluation copy on CD call BCD at (630) 986-0800, or email BCD at

About BCD

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 iSeries ISV Advisory Council and IBM Advanced Business Partner. All of BCD’s key products are IBM ServerProven and several are IBM ValueAdd for eCommerce. BCD’s IBM Midrange software development experience spans 30 years.