Data access should be easier. But for too long, traditional IBM i data access tools have failed to deliver the quality data that organizations need. It might not be accurate. It likely requires IT to access the data. And it is basically impossible for IT (or end users) to access data in the formats they prefer.
You don’t have to settle for the same old inefficient data access any more. There’s a better way—and an easier way—to access your IBM i (and even your remote) data.
In our recent webinar, Senior Data Access Consultant Mike Stegeman discussed three easy ways to save time by accessing data with Sequel.
1. Get Accurate Data Fast
Data means nothing if it’s not accurate. And it’s about time you stop wasting time and money on inaccurate data.
What makes data accurate?
For one, it needs to be time-sensitive. Even last night’s data is too old to use for decision-making. You need up-to-the-minute data so you can make smart business decisions faster. You don’t want to be acting on yesterday’s news.
For another, there is no room for error in your data. One small mistake can lead to serious consequences. Imagine a decimal point is missed and monthly sales are shown as $1,234,567 instead of $12,345.67. That’s a massive difference with serious ramifications on how your company makes decisions.
With Sequel, it’s easy to get accurate data fast and rest assured that you’re making the right choices for your business.
Data is updated in Sequel in real-time, so you can always be certain you’re looking at up-to-the-minute numbers. And, Sequel pulls in data from IBM i and remote databases like Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. By pulling together remote data, you can be ensured that your data is as accurate as possible.
2. Get All of Your Data from One Tool
IT are so often the gatekeepers of data access. And traditional tools both slow IT down and lock end users out.
Why is this a problem?
IT departments have a lot on their plates. And a clunky data access tool makes it take that much longer to get the data they need. IT doesn’t even have the option to let users access it for themselves. So the burden remains on their plate.
With Sequel, data access is intuitive and easy. Everyone can use the same tool for data access—no technical know-how (i.e., SQL coding) required. IT can access data faster—without writing any code. End users can even comfortably use Sequel. All you need to access data with Sequel is basic Windows skills—which pretty much everyone has these days.
3. Get Data in PC Friendly Formats
Accessing data in a green screen isn’t for everyone. Programmers might love it, but end users definitely don’t. They’d prefer to see it in a Windows interface. Even better, they’d like it in Excel.
But, with traditional data access tools, the green screen is the only option.
Is data access even possible in Excel?
With your old school data access tools? Nope. With Sequel? Absolutely.
Sequel offers a few different easy ways to access data in Sequel. You can work with your data in Sequel and then save the results for your users to access in Excel. Or you can even access your Sequel data directly in Excel using the Excel Plug-In. You can even turn it directly over to your end users to access Sequel data in Excel.
With Sequel, data access is much easier all around—and that’s just the beginning.